Saturday, June 11, 2011

Review: Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

This is the second novel by Michelle Moran that I've read. While I really liked Madame Tussaud, I didn't love it like others did. This one I loved. Both have Moran's great writing style and show that she has reseached her given focus very well. It may be since Ancient Egypt is more of my subject than Revolutionary France. I've been obsessed with Ancient Egypt since around the 5th grade, though I hadn't learned much about Cleopatra's children with Marc Antony.

Moran's descriptions of Rome really bring it to life, and with knowledge of the archaeological resources found there, and the set design from the series Rome so I could imagine what some of the streets were like.

I highly recommend this book. Especially if you enjoy Ancient Rome and Egyptian history.

4.5 stars

1 comment:

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

Thanks for the review. Madame Tussaud is the only novel of Moran's I've read so far, but I do have them all on my shelf. Looks like I'll have to put this one closer to the top of my to be read pile.