Cleopatra's Daughter

Cleopatra's Daughter❴Ebook❵ ➠ Cleopatra's Daughter Author Michelle Moran – Heartforum.co.uk At the dawn of the Roman Empire when tyranny ruled a daughter of Egypt and a son of Rome found each otherSelene's legendary parents are gone Her country taken she has been brought to the city of Rome At the dawn of the Roman Empire when tyranny ruled a daughter of Egypt and a son of Rome found each otherSelene'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 and her brother must uickly 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.

See this thread for information Michelle Moran is the international bestselling author of six historical novels including Madame Tussaud which was optioned for a mini series in Her books have been translated into than twenty languagesA native of southern California Michelle attended Pomona College then earned a Masters Degree from the Claremont Graduate University During her six years as a public high school teacher she used her summers to travel around the world and it was her experiences as a volunteer on archaeological digs that inspired her to write historical fiction In Michelle was married in India inspiring her seventh book Rebel ueen which is set in the East Her hobbies include hiking traveling and archaeology She is also fascinated by archaeogenetics particularly since her children's heritages are so mixed But above all these things Michelle is passionate about reading and can often be found with her nose in a good book A freuent traveler she currently resides with her husband son and daughter in the US.

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  • Paperback
  • 429 pages
  • Cleopatra's Daughter
  • Michelle Moran
  • English
  • 13 October 2015

10 thoughts on “Cleopatra's Daughter

  1. Iset says:

    In terms of the recommendation to those who love historical fiction and ancient Egypt as a voracious reader and someone so interested in history that I've made a career out of it I've got to say that my response was of a mixed bag to this bookThere were good and bad things to say about this book I didn't like the blatant name dropping especially as it served little to no purpose and seemed to be added in purely for the Ooooh look there's Ovid And this is Vercingetorix's daughter factor It just seemed unnecessary to drop names when the main characters and plot ought to be able to carry a novel There were also some implausible moments such as Octavian taking the children with him out and about in Alexandria or Octavia befriending them instantly having the children by another woman of the husband who abandoned you dropped into your care? You'd at least think it'd take a while to bond Also the twins seem to fit into their new lives and companions in Rome rather uickly which surprised me given the traumatising experiences they'd been through It just takes away from a sense that these are real people reacting as real people would Well drawn characters react to events around them in a way that makes sense given their personality and experiences and it shows refinement from an author if they can create characters who seem to react and grow almost naturallyThere's a lot of exposition throughout the book It's all too obvious that it's exposition for the benefit of the reader and unfortunately it hasn't been done subtly The information conveyed consists of all the most iconic trivia about the Romans that has filtered into the public consciousness and the way it's presented is rather clunky and simplistic in a oh and by the way did you know kind of way such as Octavian saying And remember a third of Rome's population is enslaved It's not woven into the plot very often it tends to take the form of one character verbally explaining things to another character The plot twists can be seen a mile off and by page 80 I had guessed who the Red Eagle would be and who Kleopatra Selene would end up with I'm avoiding saying who so as not to give spoilers but it's become a real trend in historical fiction recently The inclusion of the fictional Red Eagle plot surprised me because it's such a well worn storyline in so many books before the classic masked fighter of injustice in the big city trope and I wondered if Moran felt like she had to include it out of fear that readers would think the unembellished true story was too boring or dullIn addition the scope of the story felt very insular and small scale and not just because Kleopatra Selene is the first person narrator The sense of epic scale is missing from this book which feels strange given that the events and characters were so important historically Many scenes are blinkered and narrow in scope and I felt that there were some missed opportunities to convey a grander scale of events for example Octavian's first triumph is covered in only two pages and most of that consists of Kleopatra Selene's internal thoughts with a few titbits of description thrown in and I was a bit disappointed that it didn't really evoke the magnitude of the occasion I was pleasantly surprised by the author's note at the back of the book and really appreciated Moran having a frank discussion about some of the changes she made to the history However I was also disappointed that there were so very many inaccuracies which are not mentioned in the author's note Poor Octavian takes a beating on the historical accuracy front his description and many of his actions in the novel are in fact made up and I thought he was too vilifiedOn the positive side the story built up well to the climax creating tension and probably the most emotion in the entire novel with a certain tragic incident and then releasing that tension with the double revelation of the Red Eagle's identity and the identity of Kleopatra Selene's intended husband Though the writing was rather simplistic it seemed forgivable if I approached this as a children's book I actually think it was a good marketing decision to rate this book as for Young AdultsAdults her previous two novels were defined only for the Adults group I think Moran needs to go further and market it completely at the early teens age group Viewing it from that perspective the story comes off as an enjoyable teenaged adventure romp It's not earth shattering literature but it seems really well suited to an enthusiastic young historian or those times when you just want to kick back and read something fun and unchallenging4 out of 10

  2. Becky says:

    This book was chosen for the MayJune 2010 group read in the historical fiction group that I moderate here on Goodreads and I couldn't wait to read it so I started a teensy bit early blush I'd been wanting to read one of Michelle Moran's books for a while since I hear so much praise for them and I'd planned on starting with Nefertiti with a friend but that kind of fell apart due to other obligations So I was thrilled when Cleopatra's Daughter was chosen as it gave me the perfect excuse to shove all of my obligations off to the side for a day and read this And it literally only took me a day to read it I could not put it down I've always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt and Rome so this one was right up my alley All of Moran's books at this point are right up my alley actually I was not disappointed The book starts with a bang with Cleopatra's rule crumbling around her and follows Selene Cleopatra's daughter as she's taken from her home and country to Rome which is rife with danger uncertainty spies cattiness and political roller coasters Selene and her twin brother Alexander are guestprisoners of the royal family and never know what the next day will bring an unwanted and unhappy marriage slavery death? It's fascinating I would have gladly read another 400 pages There was so much going on between these covers that even though it was not action packed it felt like it was and I just had to know what would happen next This is the kind of book that made me love historical fiction books that can bring a name and date range to life and make me not only intrigued by their life but care about them and empathize with them So much in history is distant and boring that unless you have a real interest and passion for it we forget to keep it alive And much of history was so brutal and harsh that we forget that people who lived it were really people and had hopes and dreams and fears that were probably cut short by the brutality and upheaval It's easy to distance ourselves from that brutality so that 30000 deaths in such and such battle becomes just a number and not a staggering atrocityBut this book brought these ancient people to life and I crossed my fingers for them and mourned with them and was angry on their behalf even though they've all been dead for 2000 years I loved Selene's character I admired her courage to do the right thing even when it could have cost her her life at any time Her life was one thread away from forfeited as soon as she stepped foot off of Egyptian soil but she still spoke up for those who could not speak for themselves And this in a time when callousness and bloodlust seemed to be an artform is admirable I also loved the way that Octavian Caesar's loyal men were humanized rather than just being expressionless moving statues which do the Caesar's bidding they were men who were able to think and feel and hope themselves I also loved the political and societal issues depicted Octavian's fear of any potential threat his genius political maneuvering and manipulation his ruthlessness all gave me chills Livia's too and her pure maliciousness made me want to slap her I couldn't imagine living under the thumb of people like that But then to counter them Octavia his sister was kind and compassionate and charitable even when she had cause not to be and when it was almost pointless given the attitudes of the time Moran pulls no punches with this book and shows the harshness of living in Rome at this time Slaves were everywhere and harshly ruled and even harshly punished at their owners' andor corrupt judges' whims Babies are cast out for being born the wrong sex or for having a deformity or for no reason at all other than that they are unwanted and are left to die of starvation or by the elements if not for charitable wet nurses It's appalling but all of this combined to create a Rome that felt real to me I also liked the subtle nod to homosexuality in the book and how it's accepted in private but kept uiet in public I'm glad that we're at a point now where being gay is socially accepted by most and doesn't need to be hidden Anyway in short I loved this book The only thing that I can think of to complain about is a single misspelling uite should have been uiet and that should have been caught by an editor ; I will definitely be reading of Moran's books If they are half as good as this one it will be well worth it

  3. Angelc says:

    Wow I loved this book 'Cleopatra's Daughter' is one of the best books I have read for a long time Cleopatra Selene her twin brother Alexander and their young brother Ptolemy suffer the loss of their parents Cleopatra and Marc Antony when Romans invade Egypt As the children of the King and ueen of Egypt Selene and her brothers are forcibly taken to Rome essentially as prizes of the war The story takes flight after their arrival in Rome and the twins adjust to a vastly different lifestyle than they knew in Egypt Octavian is the ruler of Rome and the person responsible for their parents'deaths but they have no choice to obey and trust him because he is repsonsible for their livelihood Octavian has the children live with his kind sister and her son but still their fates are ominously uncertain When they arrive in Rome Selene and Alexander are only eleven and not a threat to Octavian but will they still be safe when they reach adulthood at 15?Each and every character leapt off the page and their vivid personalities were based on historical record Selene was definitely her mother's daughter an intelligent strong girl not afraid to stand up for herself and what she believes in Her compassion for the less fortunate showed her soft and caring side Selene had a passion for drawing and her talent for sketching buildings impressed even Octavian Selene's peers were interested in betting on chariot races and shopping than participating in her scholarly and charitable pursuits but they were definitely supportive of her and idealistic than the older generation Selene loves getting attention from Octavian's nephew and probable heir Marcellus Marcellus is handsome young and carefree and clearly admires Selene's beauty as well as her morals Selene fails to notice that Juba one of Octavian's most trusted guards admires her as well for her strength and hope along with her humanitarian endeavorsI loved the portrayal of Selene's relationship with Alexander As twins they had an incredibly close bond that was strengthened by the loss of their family and home Sometimes they felt like all they had was each other They were much learned than most Romans due to their mother's guidance and they would speak to each other in languages that no one else could understand Moran really captured their deep bond affection for each other and even playfulness The author added the fictional character of the Red Eagle to represent those Romans who fought against slavery The identity of the Red Eagle is a secret and the mystery surrounding him and his adventures add a lot of excitement to the storyMichelle Moran really brought Selene's world alive She told an epic story but never lost sight of the everyday details of ancient Rome I felt like I could see Juba's statues Selene's scrolls and Marcellus and Alexander's betting dice My only complaint about this book is that at 400 pages it was over too soon I feel like there is much of Selene's story to be told and really hope that Moran has plans for a seuelReviewed for

  4. Jim says:

    I read a lot of Roman material fiction history contemporary letters etc So when an author's view of Rome significantly departs from what is known about the period it yanks me out of the story My wife and I had recently finished Colleen McCullough's masterful multi volume series on Rome which ended with the event at which this book begins The contrast was jarring Perhaps it says about the uality of writing but I think it says about the comparative depth of research McCullough's bibliography runs to nearly 50 pages of primary sourcesPerhaps it's the narrator's voice a teenage Egyptian princess in Rome is a typical fish out of water and her upbringing and youth would provide a much smaller lens from which to view the Rome to which she's been forcibly brought But the author gets enough things wrong the value of a denarius the appropriate size of a dowry the value of daughters to noble Roman males as political assets injecting 21st century political issues same sex marriage? into 1st century BCE heads that I had serious trouble staying in the world Moran created But it was a Christmas gift so we persistedFrustrations with historicity aside the novel was predictable and few of the characters felt fully rendered none of them men Livia is little than a snarling harpy You are left to wonder how Moran's Octavian managed to conuer the Roman worldBut no matter It's safe to say I was not the intended audience But it's an odd book; not romantic enough to be a romance insufficient veritas to stand as reliable historical fiction

  5. Carol says:

    Absolutely loved this book Fast easy read Read all Michelle Moran's other book's as a result All great

  6. Bren says:

    “I'm not staring I'm observing And what do you observe? A brave young woman who has always fought for what was right even when it was unpopular” ― Michelle Moran Cleopatra's DaughterI have now read several of Michelle Moran's books and this is one of my favorites Being a real enthusiastic reader of Cleopatra I wanted to read this because it is about her daughter I have now read two books on Cleopatra Selene this one and Cleopatra's Moon But this was the first book I read on Cleopatra's daughter and it was elegantly written beautifully crafted and just plain wonderful to readSo I really enjoyed this for all the reasons one enjoys Historical fiction This is told from the daughter's point of view and I did read some of the other reviews and a few did not like that this book is in a child's voiceI did not see that as an obstacle at all in my reading enjoyment She maybe a child but wise and strong beyond her age And She does grow and mature during the book but she is as stated young so those bothered by reading books where the narrator is a YA may not take to this I loved itI loved the romance aspect the stunning atmosphere the Historical element It was a great book and I wound up suggesting it to my old book club and they loved it too Read it if you want some awesome Historical Fiction

  7. Lexi says:

    While an interesting take on the children of Cleopatra and Marc Antony there is very little imagination or even characterization going on here You don't feel attached to the characters there is little to no reason to keep reading and even the plot is a play by play account and not a real story The ending feels like a sop to keep the reader happy than an ending and even the intriguing characters seem flat and uncaring I enjoyed the background because I like historical fiction but for the most part it's a shame There was so much potential with this story and Moran botched it

  8. Nora says:

    so I gave up after 120 pages The perspective was from a 10 year old in 27BC who sounds like a 25 year old in 2010 AD very Dawson's Creek but not is a good way

  9. Shalini M says:

    It took me uite a while to get into the book and perhaps because of the slow build up and a saturation point in reading had been reading at a frantic pace the first 4 months of the year it was almost 5 months before I picked it up again or any reading at all Anyways after the long break I got absorbed into it uickly The narrative was compelling though I could see the plot twists that the author tried to create long before they were revealed the secret about Alexander his fate the identity of Red Eagle I enjoyed it but felt that there was something missing

  10. Amy says:

    Many of us know the story of Cleopatra the beautiful and famed Egyptian ueen who wedded Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony and who killed herself after Octavian conuered Egypt But how many know what happened to her children? Cleopatra's Daughter ironic really that the story persists in snobbishly spelling her name Kleopatra when the title spells it with a C tells the story of Kleopatra Selene Cleopatra's daughter who was brought to Rome in chains after her parents' defeat The story follows her transition from girl to young woman as she lives in Rome and interacts with historical characters ranging from Tiberius to Julia to Ovid I enjoyed many aspects of Cleopatra's Daughter Michelle Moran is a good writer and she does a great job fleshing out historical characters and events It really brought history to life The story flows well and really is interesting The historical setting and the basically unknown personality of Selene alone provides a setting for a fascinating book The mystery thrown in kept the plot going as well It really was a decent fun historical read However it never got above 3 stars in my mind I liked it but only justTruthfully I didn't care much for the main character Selene She had very few redeeming ualities She was snobbish jealous conniving and frankly boring She is perfect at everything Selene is beautiful excels at school and is so excellent at drawing that a famous architect basically makes her his star apprentice She whines about how unfair and difficult her life is gasp Octavian will choose a husband for her The man could be old when in fact it only reflected the reality of every Roman girl She could easily have been sold as a slave or killed The farther I got in the book the harder it was to sympathize with her What I disliked most about Selene was her crush on Marcellus Talk about angst overload On the one hand she is supposed to be this intelligent shrewd woman On the other hand she continues to pine after this dopey guy for years just because he has a handsome face? Ugh view spoiler I really did like her romance with Juba in theory It was one of the redeeming plot elements However it was SO RUSHED at the end Moran basically bashes you over the head with his affection for Selene but again this apparently intelligent woman remains clueless After years of loving one guy she suddenly turns all her affection on Juba It felt wrong The romance needed buildup from her side hide spoiler

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