Good things come to those who wait and if you’re a fan of Anne Rice’s beloved book, The Mummy, the nearly 30-year wait for the sequel is over.
In Ramses The Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra, authors Anne Rice and Christopher Rice (Anne’s son and the author of 12 books) take readers on a fantastical throwback frolic through Edwardian England (circa 1914) after Ramses the Great, the former pharaoh of Egypt is awakened.
Here is an exclusive, chilling excerpt to sample from the book.
From the iconic and bestselling author of The Mummy and The Vampire Chronicles, a mesmerizing, glamorous new tale of ancient feuds and modern passions.
Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra. Ramses has reawakened Cleopatra with the same perilous elixir whose unworldly force brings the dead back to life.
But as these ancient rulers defy one another in their quest to understand the powers of the strange elixir, they are haunted by a mysterious presence even older and more powerful than they, a figure drawn forth from the mists of history who possesses spectacular magical potions and tonics eight millennia old. This is a figure who ruled over an ancient kingdom stretching from the once-fertile earth of the Sahara to the far corners of the world, a queen with a supreme knowledge of the deepest origins of the elixir of life. She may be the only one who can make known to Ramses and Cleopatra the key to their immortality—and the secrets of the miraculous, unknowable, endless expanse of the universe.