‘Cleopatra’s Daughter’ by Michelle Moran

'Cleopatra's Daughter' by Michelle Moran

‘Even in the most wretched life, there’s hope.’

This historical tale by Michelle Moran- first released in 2009 – artfully blends the limited available fact and the author’s unlimited imagination to create an extraordinary story about Cleopatra’s only daughter, Cleopatra Selene (sometimes spelled Kleopatra Selene). Together with her twin brother, Prince Alexander Helios – the sun to Selene’s moon – readers are taken through the death of the infamous lovers Cleopatra and Mark Antony, the fall of Egypt, the rise of Rome, and the turbulent relationships that resulted from all these intense changes.

It is an overwhelming tale, one that at times makes you cringe and at times laugh – but through the entire tale I was always grateful to be living in this time and not Selene’s. The story is one of such hardship, sadness, loss and injustice. Ancient Rome was clearly not as romantic as I once believed it to be.

Ultimately, it is the character of Selene that makes this novel so enjoyable. Michelle Moran again takes a character out of history and gives her a real and relatable voice. But don’t take my word for it – read an excerpt of the tale, or head out to your local library to skim through a copy. If you are a fan of history, you are bound to thank me in the end.

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars  |  ★★★★☆
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 2 {out of 5} stars  |  ★★☆☆☆
RATING: 4 {out of 5} stars  |  ★★★★☆

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