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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

Cleopatra's Daughter a novel by Michelle Moran 5 of 5 stars.

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, sweeps into Egypt. Their orphaned children--ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander--are taken in chains to Rome. 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.(From novel)

You will walk in Kleopatra Selene's sandals and see the horrors people of the time were subjected to. You will see the famous character's of this time from several points of view and be made to wonder who was truly horribly and who was simply suffering like the rest of the world. It is a true story that reminds you of the imperfection of humanity and the unfairness of life.

Honest, I don't know quite what to say about this book. It was beautifully and, I presume, accurately written. The story, though, is heart-wrenching to the core. The cruelty of parts of it made me feel honestly sick. It will make you cry and laugh and be glad you read it. It is a wonderful glimpse into what Rome was like during this time. Michelle Moran did a wonderful job with it and I would suggest it to anyone who is a lover of history and doesn't have too weak of a stomach.

For fans of: Michelle Moran, Nobody's Princess, Nobody's Prize, Mara, Daughter of the Nile


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