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About the Author
- Publication date : December 6, 2016
- File size : 1511 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 329 pages
- ASIN : B01N6E2BK7
- Publisher : Savant Books and Publications; 1st edition (December 6, 2016)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,943,015 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Davis imagines what the world would have been like had there been a different outcome to the Battle of Actium, where Antony was defeated at sea by the forces of Octavian, the adopted son of the great Julius Caesar, former lover and husband of Cleopatra. What if Cleopatra and Antony had triumphed? What if Octavian had foundered in the depths of the sea? Only someone who knows the ins and outs of the actual history can tell us. The novel, written with simple and forthright prose, is full of marvelous insights into the personalities which shaped Cleopatra's world. On the fantasy level, we are occasionally given a glimpse of the "immortals", the goddesses of Egypt, Greece and Rome, Isis, Athena, and Venus, discussing Cleopatra as they watch her life unfold from their otherworldly dimension. Their discussions are humorous but also give background information about the various motivations of the historical characters.
Most compelling is the presentation of the fears, hopes and motivations of the young Cleopatra as she grows to womanhood in a treacherous court, where members of her own family are her worst enemies. The Ptolemaic dynasty, of Greek origins, ruled Egypt for three hundred years and were famous for both incest and murder. Alexander the Great had founded the magnificent city of Alexandria, the capital of the Ptolemies, and was buried there, although his tomb is now lost. Alexandria was renowned for its architectural achievements, especially for the great library. In a palace filled with excess and luxury, the young Cleopatra seeks learning, while struggling for her own survival. Of all of her siblings she proves to be the most clever and capable. Furthermore, she truly loves the traditional Egyptian culture, religion and language, striving to learn all she can about her people and their rich heritage. Among monarchs it cannot be doubted that she is one of most fascinating in world history. It is wonderful to read a book in which she is given another chance.
The beginning was pretty much the same from what we know of her life. What made this good it all seemed legit and I could believe this was the real story.
At first, I wasn't huge on the mixing of the fantasy aspect, but it grew on me. It was interesting to hear the gods opinions on these matters. It didn't take up too much of the plot or story, so the balance was good and I grew to really like it.
The beginning had me hooked and I was able to breeze through this. A fun what-if story for sure. I wish this had happened. Yes, yes, I am on Cleo's side of course. ;)
Not a huge fan of the end. I hope there is more to come!
What else to say without ruining it?
I liked how Cleo was depicted. The beginning was a little rushed, but there was a lot to go through.
In the end, this was a quick read and an interesting one. I enjoyed the what-if twist there. If only! As always, Cleo was fun to read about. The fantasy aspect added grew on me as the story progressed. I shall stamp this with 4 stars. Worth the read!
I wasn't deceived. The author imagined a world where Antony and Cleopatra are victorious.
A world where the great Queen of Egypt has kept on living.
Davis invented a totally different world where the losers would be the winners and go on to make history all over again.
Looking forward to the next book.
TA BB/PR Star Rating
1☆- Sorry This Was NOT For Me
2☆- Could Of Been Something Good
3☆- Good Enough For More
4☆- WHAT was THAT
5☆- LOVED- A Masterpiece For Me