Book Review: Cleopatra’s Needle

Cleopatra's NeedleCleopatra’s Needle by Carole Lanham

THERE ARE MONSTERS IN THIS WORLD, I’VE LEARNED, AND SOMETIMES I HAVE FALLEN PREY TO THEM AND SOMETIMES I HAVE BEEN ONE…

When Lilabet last saw Iago, they were ten years old. Whisked off to America by his father in a desperate attempt to escape the dark superstitions of Wales, Iago’s letters have been the single thing to connect them. Now, fourteen years have passed and Iago has asked Lilabet to be his bride.

Eager to begin a modern life in an exciting new land with the man she has loved for all her days, Lilabet is about to discover that black magic may find a home on any shore. Three red-haired witches have been playing a deadly game of revenge with Iago and if she wants to have a life with him, Lilabet will first have to fight the dark forces that have claimed her young husband for their own.

CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE A story of Welsh witchcraft, love, and murder.

Review:

I read Cleopatra’s Needle as part of a larger collection called Pandora. I was happy to find this novella in the collections and thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I didn’t know what it was going to be about.

Cleopatra’s Needle was well written and compelling. It is a charming tale of Lilabet and immigrants to the USA in the 1800s and magic. I really felt for her character, and love books dealing with witchcraft. And, of course, twists — and Cleopatra’s Needle has a good one.

Lanham’s writing is engaging and rich — she packs a lot in this short novella.

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