Author: Michelle Moran
Published: Crown Publishing Group, 2009
First Line: "While we waited for the news to arrive, we played dice."
Summary: 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 revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; 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.
Review: I have been looking forward to reading Cleopatra’s Daughter since it came out. Unfortunately, after reading it I have decided that it just wasn’t the book for me.
Cleopatra’s Daughter is a slice of life story about Kleopatra Selene, Cleopatra’s daughter and it tells her story from the age of 12 to the age of 15. I personally, didn’t particularly enjoy the book because I felt that barely anything happened until the last five chapters and to me it seemed like the book was about a young girl who pined after a guy that she knew she would never marry as he was betrothed to another. So in that sense it was a bit of a letdown.
However, do not let my harsh words deter you from this book. Giving credit where credit is due, I think that Michelle Moran did a really amazing job with her book. You could tell that she had done the research and I actually did a little research into the characters to find out more about them and I didn’t really need to because it is all there in the book.
Cleopatra’s Daughter was really well written and provided a great insight into what life in Roman times were like during the time of Cleopatra’s Daughter.
If you are a fan of historical fiction featuring ancient Rome then I think you will enjoy this book. It’s just unfortunate that it didn’t click with me. I think that I would’ve liked the book more if it was about Selene’s life in later years. This book wasn’t for me, but it may be for you so definitely give it a go if you think it’s your kind of book.
Source: Random House