2018 Jun 8
At the dawn of the Roman Empire, when tyranny ruled, a daughter of Egypt and a son of Rome found each other…
Selene’s legendary parents are gone. Her country taken, she has been brought to the city of Rome in chains, with only her twin brother, Alexander, to remind her of home and all she once had.
Living under the watchful eyes of the ruling family, Selene must quickly learn how to be Roman- and how to be useful to Caesar. She puts her artistry to work, in the hope of staying alive and being allowed to return to Egypt. Before long, however, she is distracted by the young and handsome heir to the empire…
When the elusive ‘Red Eagle’ starts calling for the end of slavery, Selene and Alexander are in grave danger. Will this mysterious figure bring their liberation, or their demise?
Cleopatra’s Daughter is yet another novel of Michelle Moran’s series based on marvelous Ancient Egypt and the Empire of Rome. The book is centered on the viewpoint of Kleopatra Selene, the daughter of one of the greatest couples in history, Cleopatra and Antony, and the author portrays the story of their children who are captured by the army of Octavian after Antony’s defeat in the Battle of Actium. Octavian (later known as Augustus and the first Emperor of Rome) was the adopted son and heir of Julius Caesar.
Firstly, in contrast to the rich history of figures such as Cleopatra, Ramesses II, Tutankhamun and Nefertiti, there aren’t that many details known about the story of Selene and what happened after her brother and herself were taken into captivity. Hence, Moran’s fictional biography is based on a not-so-elaborate history.
The story incorporates quite a bit of drama, tension, as well as budding romances. However, readers who have a keen eye for the accuracy of relativity to the mentioned time-period and Latin terms may be put off as the novel has been criticized to move away from such accuracy. Furthermore, while the book may be a work of fiction, certain parts of the story line seem a bit impractical.
Nonetheless, Cleopatra’s Daughter is an entertaining novel and is ideal for anyone who loves historical fiction.