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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Cleopatra's Daughter - A Review

Cleopatra's Daughter - Michelle Moran
Source: Library book

  • Pub. Date: September 2009
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardcover, 448pp
  • Sales Rank: 4,960
Synopsis from Barnes & Noble website:

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.

My Thoughts:

Wow! I have to say I loved this book! I wasn't sure how I would react to it in the beginning. I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but I had heard such amazing things about this book that I had to give it a shot. I have to say, I was not disappointed at all.

I loved all the history burrowed within the book and the visual city Michelle brought to life was outstanding. I could clearly imagine all the buildings and the city she created. The characters were so well done that I felt their sorrows, joys, triumphs, fears etc. I found myself drawn into the story and I was sad to see it end.

All in all I have to say Bravo Michelle for an amazing book! I will have to read Michelle's other books now.


5 comments:

Mary said...

I loved it too. When I finished I ordered her first book. Can't wait to read it!

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

Glad you liked it so much, I did too :)

Nickles said...

I'm glad you liked it! I have it on my wish list and am very excited to read it.

Anna said...

Michelle is one of my favorite writers, and she somehow keeps improving on perfection. ;) I highly recommend all of her books, and I hope you get a chance to read the others soon.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Zia said...

Anna - I really hope I do get a chance to read her other books in the near future.