Book Review: Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran


Moran’s latest foray into the world of classical history (after The Heretic Queen) centers upon the children of Marc Antony and Cleopatra . After the death of their parents, twins Alexander and Selene and younger brother Ptolemy are in a dangerous position, left to the mercy of their father’s greatest rival, Octavian Caesar. However, Caesar does not kill them as expected, but takes the trio to Rome to be paraded as part of his triumphant return and to demonstrate his solidified power. As the twins adapt to life in Rome in the inner circle of Caesar’s family, they grow into adulthood ensconced in a web of secrecy, intrigue and constant danger. Told from Selene’s perspective, the tale draws readers into the fascinating world of ancient Rome and into the court of Rome’s first and most famous emperor. Deftly encompassing enough political history to provide context, Moran never clutters her narrative with extraneous facts. Readers may be frustrated that Selene is more observer than actor, despite the action taking place around her, but historical fiction enthusiasts will delight in this solid installment from a talented name in the genre. (Sept.)
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What can be said about Cleopatra’s Daughter? I will tell you what can be said the book is beyond stunning. You get the feel of ancient Rome and the delicateness of it right at your finger tips. How must it have felt to loose your Mother and Father? To be left with a man who felt like a tyrant, the man who took you back to Rome in chains and paraded you around like you were a prize.

And that what happens when you find something else? A daughter of Egypt fathered by Rome…who finds…. Well I can’t ruin the whole story for you now can me!? But the stunning imagery of this book will keep you turning the pages again and again. The history is good, while I found a few comments to make myself I think it’s only because of my closeness to the topic. If you are a fan of Roman work you can not miss this book.

Personally I have been waiting a very long time for a book having to do with the children of Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra Selene. And finally one has arrived. Make sure you go to your book store on Sept 15th 2009 and GET THIS BOOK.

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