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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Set against the backdrop of ancient Egypt in 1806 B.C., Infinity: The Fifth Bride of Pharaoh by Catalina DuBois is the story of Sara, Princess of Nubia who is all set to marry the Pharaoh of Egypt, and Matthaios, a slave who is in prison for falling in love with Sara. Their first meeting ends in a kiss between these two strangers and for the first time after meeting Matthaios, she felt human and vice versa. Sara’s life takes a different turn when she is sold to a ruler with a collection of women. She is given an Egyptian servant to serve as her constant companion, who will train her in the customs and traditions of Egypt. Queen Ruptah, the older sister of Sobek and Pharaoh, chooses Matthaios as she thinks he is kind and loyal. Matthaios and Sara fall in love and Sara runs away with Matthaios, which causes humiliation to the Pharaoh. Will the two lovers be united or will Sara be executed by the Pharaoh?
This is an adventurous story of forbidden love that will set the hearts of readers racing as the romance between a slave and a princess unfolds. This story of two star-crossed lovers and one curse will keep readers glued to the pages till the very end. I like the portrayal of Matthaios who, despite the torture he undergoes, stands his ground when it comes to being with the woman he loves. Sara, on the hand, is delicate yet strong and her words, ‘I would rather be the only love of a slave, than the fifth wife of Pharaoh!’ speaks volumes about her choice. The story is intense, fast paced, and I like the way the author has woven love, adventure, and cruelty deftly into an interesting plot. All the characters, as well as the main players, are strongly sketched and they complement the story well. It is definitely a story for romantics out there.