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Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel Hardcover – September 15, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
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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“The story I always wanted to read! If you love I, Claudius, you’ll love this book!”
—Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra
“Michelle Moran has already made Ancient Egypt her own fictional domain. With this compelling novel of the legendary Cleopatra’s daughter, she now stakes a claim to Ancient Rome, too.”
—Sharon K. Penman, New York Times bestselling author of Devil’s Brood
“Cleopatra’s Daughter is historical fiction at its finest. With her exquisite attention to detail and her beautifully crafted characters, Michelle Moran does not just visit the past–she resurrects it.”
—Deanna Raybourn, bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey series
“No one captures the immediacy and rich detail of the ancient world quite like Michelle Moran.”
—bestselling author Robin Maxwell
“From the tragic fall of Cleopatra’s Alexandria to the treacherous hills of imperial Rome, Michelle Moran spins a captivating tale of the daughter of Egypt’s most famous queen, a princess whose courageous determination to survive is as exciting and dramatic as the time in which she lived.”
—C. W. Gortner, author of The Last Queen
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A lot of historians consider Octavian to be the greatest Roman emperor, but he was ruthless, and this book shows that.
The issue of slavery is dealt with fairly, anti-slavery voices are presented, this is based on history since Cicero believed that slaves should be treated kindly, and that you should treat people beneath your station as you wish those above your station would treat you.
The story also features a character known as "The Red Eagle" and the emperor's quest to uncover him, so throughout the book you will be wondering who is the red eagle, and how come he's posting things against slavery and causing problems?
The only thing I didn't like is that at times, Cleopatra's children act like Egypt is better than Rome in everything. This isn't the case, Cleopatra was a QUEEN, and like Octavian, he could have people killed. The Romans could be cruel, but they were citizens, they had rights, trials, and yes, there was corruption, but even a corrupt State is better than any monarchy.
Overall, it's a great book. A lot of Roman books are about the military, this one is about the people and not just any people, but the aristocracy and the people around them.
I don't think like some readers that Selene acted like a modern girl. I did find it hard to believe she was shocked by mistreatment of slaves. I never heard that Egyptians were especially kind to slaves. In the beginning here mother's slaves were killed when she committed suicide.
The historical record confirms that Juba married Selene. I really enjoyed the world the author created.