Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 |

Title: Cleopatra's Daughter
Author: Michelle Moran
Publisher: Crown (September 15, 2009)
Pages: 448

The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome, but only two—the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander—survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

Historical Fiction was never my favorite type of Genre, but Cleopatra's Daughter has made me more open minded towards HF. It's a wonderful book! Seeing Ancient Rome and Egypt through Selene's eyes was unique and unforgettable! She is a very relatable character with her strong mind and empathy.

I loved Selene's character. She's a dynamic and interesting young protagonist. She acted more mature than a 12 year old would have because of what she and her family have gone through. Alexander, Selene's twin was a fun and energetic addition to the plethora of characters that Moran introduced.

Another part of the book I liked was the never ending twists and turns that Moran flawlessly provided. It enhanced the plot with mystery and suspense. The plot, along with the characters, made me love Ancient Egypt and Rome a little bit more.

Moran did a great job with the research for Egypt's and Rome's past. Even though I wasn't familiar with the histories, I understood everything because of Moran's strategically placed tid-bits of information and the character glossary at the beginning of the novel. I enjoyed reading the afterword as well. I liked knowing what happened to the characters long after this story!

Overall, Cleopatra's daughter is a fantastic read! The only thing that I didn't really like was the cover, but otherwise, it's one of the best HF books I've read! At first look, and judging by the cover, you might think that there's no point in reading this. You're wrong. Cleopatra's Daughter is a book that everyone, especially historical fans is sure to enjoy!

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*Thanks to Michelle, her publicist, and the publisher for this book!


Mimi said...

I saw this book at the store today and it took me in awe! I'm glad you liked it !

Mishel said...

I just finished this book last night and was blown away at how much I enjoyed it. I'm very glad to hear you liked it too =)

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Great review, I really need to check this book out :)

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