Published 2009 - Pages 448

Cleopatra’s Daughter – Michelle Moran

It seems that lately I have been on a historical kick…Cleopatra’s Daughter, like the Outlander Series, is based around actual historical events. Michelle Moran writes about the time period accurately and draws you into what the characters experienced when they did everyday things like attended court, walked down the street with guards or watched the races.  She uses accurate terminology for Rome in that time period as much as possible and writes a few pages in the back of the book letting you know what was fact and what was fiction.

The story starts off in the midst of some serious action. Cleopatra and Marc Antony are dead and their children are left to be taken by Octavian as property of Rome. From there the story gets more and more intriguing . Michelle Moran does an amazing job of making you feel like you are there with the characters. Selene and Alexander (the twins) are not taken as slaves, like most of the other Prince and Princesses of the lands Octavian defeated,  but they are still prisoners in a strange land. Stripped of their family and their home they are taken to Octavian’s sister Octavia to raise. Octavia treats them well and tries to make them feel as much at home as she can but the twins know that they are still seen as a threat by Octavian. The scenes are so vivid that you can feel Selene’s frustration at their situation. Along the way she will come into contact with many interesting characters like Juba, Marcellus, Julia, and Gallia. Their journey is filled with excitement, sadness, fear, hope and determination.

I don’t want to give too much away so I will stop there. This book is a quick read and it leaves you excited for the next novel from Michelle Moran. I agree with most of the other reviews of this book in that it can be seen as both an adult and YA novel. If you like this one you should also check out Nefertiti. I read Nefertiti first and could not wait to read this book next.  Next up for me to read by Michelle Moran is The Heretic Queen. Stay tuned for that review in the coming weeks.

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