Today's book is : Mara Daughter of the Nile.
When I first read this book, I was heavily into the whole fantasy genre. I rarely read anything that didn't have magic and if it didn't have a dragon! well, that was unthinkable. But my Dad told me about this amazing book and convinced me to get it from the library. So I did.
Mara Daughter of the Nile had me in a constant mood swing; either laughing my head off, or crying tell my eyes got so dry I had to water them. I fell in love with this book, and it is one of the very few books that I have re-read and honestly enjoyed each and every time. A clever and engrossing book, Mara herself is a stream of wit and light sarcasm that will (I lie not) leave you in stitches.
Mara is a beautiful and proud slave girl, who is bought by a mysterious man who promises her freedom and wealth if she spies for him; and death if she doesn't. Yearning for this freedom, Mara accepts this challenge and sets off, only to find herself in another similar agreement, only this time with someone from the other side!
Stuck playing double agent, soon Mara most decide between the two arch enemies; her Master who owns her freedom, or Sheftu who owns her heart. But all too soon the decision is made for her, and Sheftu discovers her duplicity; creating a turn of events that could destroy Mara and the man that she loves.
If you love a good love story that's chalk full of suspense and angst, this is the book for you. I normally hate anything that involves suspense, the guy not liking the girl, the guy hating the girl, the girl hating the guy; but I really fell in love with this book. The characters have such a life to them that this book feels very real. I cannot put this book down whenever I read it, I always try to finish it in one setting which can be difficult when you're the oldest of six and still living at home!
One of the (many) greatest books of all time that I will ever present to you, Ladies and Gentleman may I ask that you consider Mara Daughter of the Nile for your own personal reading.