Saturday, 28 November 2009

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran - small review

I received this wonderful book from a very generous author Michelle Moran. I haven't read her previous works and I was very curious. At first I didn’t have time to read it because I didn't want to drag it for a long time. But as this things happen, when I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I read it in one night (448 pg hardcover) and didn't regret a minute of sleeplessness. The book is magnificent. It compels you to keep reading to find out what will happen next.

Here's a little bit about the story:
The book tells a story about 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.

My initial fear before reading this book was that it would be too technical with too many too long descriptions of ancient times. I was pleasantly surprised from the first page. The story flowed easily and fast with enough descriptions to keep you wanting for more. Everything described was essential for the storyline. I liked the main characters. Selene was a believable narrator and I could connect with her and her angst. I loved her description of the Alexandria and Rome, her observations and judgements. Description of Greek's and Rome's customs and way of life was fascinating. I lost my self in that time period and after the story ended I wanted more. Besides of this book being a great fictional story, I think it is an educational book too; because you can learn a lot without even noticing it. Learning without effort can be provided only by a great storyteller who Ms Moran most centrally is.
I wanted to keep this review spoiler free because you will want to experience this story on your own. I recommend Ms Moran's web page, it's very interesting and full of information about the story

Book details
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (September 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307409120
ISBN-13: 978-0307409126

About the author
A public high school teacher for six years, Michelle Moran is currently a full-time writer living in California with her husband. She is the author of Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, and Cleopatra's Daughter. Her fourth novel, Madame Tussaud, will debut in March 2011.
Do you want to know if Ms Moran hangs the sphinx and pyramids on her Christmas tree? Stop by this blog tomorrow when she will describe her plans for this year's Christmas holidays - on the first day of Winter contest!!!


  1. I know, awesome book right, I could not put it down, or well I did not want too

  2. Hi Blodeuedd! Thanks for stopping by! I really enjoyed reading this book. Now I just have to find time to read some of Ms Moran's other books :)

    Hope to see you tomorrow at the beginning of the Winter contest.

  3. It sounds interesting. I'm actually curious about her next book, too. There seems to be a great line of historical books out there lately that seem conceived of asking the "what if" question. Plus, they all have really pretty covers. Thanks for the mini review.

  4. Hi April! Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend :)

    I agree with you, the cover is great - it gives this regal feeling, it's even prettier in 'person' :)

  5. Hey Host:

    I've had my eye on this book for a long time, have heard so many great things about it!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  6. Hello Lea! Thanks for stopping by!
    I really reccommend reading this book!

  7. OH Host!!! I love this review. You are right... I have been scare of this book for that reason alone! But I will take your word on it. And I will be getting this soon!
    Awesome review honey... no matter the length!
    I have read a few books that keep me up all night long... and you gotta love those!!!

    I hope you are having a great weekend!! Love ya honey!

  8. Thanks Cecile! My weekend is OK. Hope you've recovered from your 4-days holiday :)