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ISBN13: 9780307409126
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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.

The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is brought brilliantly to life in Cleopatra’s Daughter. Recounted in Selene’s youthful and engaging voice, it introduces a compelling cast of historical characters: Octavia, the emperor Octavian’s kind and compassionate sister, abandoned by Marc Antony for Cleopatra; Livia, Octavian's bitter and jealous wife; Marcellus, Octavian’s handsome, flirtatious nephew and heir apparent; Tiberius, Livia’s sardonic son and Marcellus’s great rival for power; and Juba, Octavian’s watchful aide, whose honored position at court has far-reaching effects on the lives of the young Egyptian royals.

Selene’s narrative is animated by the concerns of a young girl in any time and place–the possibility of finding love, the pull of friendship and family, and the pursuit of her unique interests and talents. While coping with the loss of both her family and her ancestral kingdom, Selene must find a path around the dangers of a foreign land. Her accounts of life in Rome are filled with historical details that vividly capture both the glories and horrors of the times. She dines with the empire’s most illustrious poets and politicians, witnesses the creation of the Pantheon, and navigates the colorful, crowded marketplaces of the city where Roman-style justice is meted out with merciless authority.

Based on meticulous research, Cleopatra’s Daughter is a fascinating portrait of imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and most tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of the past, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.

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"Moran's latest foray into the world of classical history (after The Heretic Queen) centers upon 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. Deftly encompassing enough political history to provide context, Moran never clutters her narrative with extraneous facts. Readers may be frustrated that Selene is more observer than actor, despite the action taking place around her, but historical fiction enthusiasts will delight in this solid installment from a talented name in the genre. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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From the author of the national bestseller "Nefertiti" comes the incredible, untold story of Queen Cleopatra and Marc Antony's orphaned children, who were taken to Rome to be raised as hostages in the palace of their father's greatest rival.

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About the Author

MICHELLE MORAN is the author of the bestselling Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen. Her experiences at archaeological sites around the world motivated her to write historical fiction and continue to provide inspiration for her novels.

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Elizabeth Gelean, November 17, 2009 (view all comments by Elizabeth Gelean)

Michelle Moran is, pure and simple, an excellent author. Cleopatra's Daughter is historical fiction that brings the history to life. Wonderful writing and characterizations based on real history, I found this book both entertaining and educational. The book begins with the final days of C(K)leopatra's reign in Egypt, the taking of three of her children to Rome, the youngest dying en route.

From this point, the story centers mainly around the twins, Kleopatra and Alexander, growing up in the home of Octavia, sister to ruling Octavian in Rome, and what the future may or may not hold for them when they turn 15, the age of adulthood.

The characters are well-rounded and historical, they are fleshed out with research and interact entirely believably. Many terms are in Latin and Greek, mostly easy to guess but there is also a glossary for all these words in the back. This is the first novel by Michelle Moran I have read and I will certainly recommend her as an author deserving of being read!

There is so much history woven into this book, and the characters feel so real that I wish history were taught in this manner. I was surprised first of all by how much I did recall, but even more how much I did not know. I found the Historical Notes in the back of the book very illuminating. Though beautifully written, the book does not gloss over the very real dangers of the times, but at the same time the personalities of the main characters deal with growing, loving, everyday lives of the upper classes and slaves. I loved this book and recommend both author and "Cleopatra's Daughter". Thank you Michelle!
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Mirella, October 13, 2009 (view all comments by Mirella)
In this third novel by author, Michelle Moran, the reader is swept from the pyramids of Egypt into the glory of Rome. Cleopatra's daughter, Selene, is the narrative voice of the novel as she journeys into the year 30 B.C. and the decadence of the Eternal City.

The novel is geared to appeal to a wider audience, which includes young adults. Thus most readers will find this novel a smooth, comfortable read. Nevertheless, it packs a mighty punch. The strength of this novel is not only found in its intricate details of architecture, art, sport, fashions, and politics of the time, but is also rich with court intrigues and brutalities of the Roman Empire when it was at its peak.

For lovers of historical fiction, Michelle Moran's books never disappoint, and this novel is no exception. Filled with grand details and numerous emotional scenes, the reader is immersed in the times, so accurately and confidently portrayed. A hgihly recommended read.

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gaby317, September 23, 2009 (view all comments by gaby317)
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Cleopatra's Daughter opens in Alexandra, the capital of Egypt, just as Octavian and the Roman army conquer Egypt. With their parents defeated and dead, nine-year-old Selene, her twin Alexander and their younger brother Ptolemy are suddenly under the protection of their enemy Octavian. Selene and Alexander are brought to the home of Octavia, sister to Octavian and former wife to Marc Anthony. While Selene faces the cruelty of Octavian's wife Livia, she and Alexander are surprised by kindness and friendship offered by Octavia, her son Marcellus and Octavian's daughter Julia. Through Octavia's guidance and her own talent, Selene learns to navigate Rome's political depths. Making herself useful to Octavian while careful not offend Livia, uses the next years well. The true challenge comes when Selene and Alexander are old enough to marry and to wield power.

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I found Cleopatra's Daughter thoroughly enjoyable. Michelle Moran makes Ancient Rome, and its famous inhabitants come alive. Familiar characters are depicted with the personalities and traits that they have become known for - Octavian, his daughter Julia, his second wife Livia, her son Tiberius - which makes the book even more enjoyable.

For readers who are unfamiliar with to Ancient Rome, the book is fascinating and fun on its own. In a life full of intrigue, action, and danger, Selene is sympathetic, strong, and honorable. I highly recommend Cleopatra's Daughter to those who are fascinated by Ancient Rome and those looking for well written, humorous and action-packed historical fiction.
Publisher: Crown (September 15, 2009), 448 pages.
Courtesy of the author and Pump Up Your Book Promotion Tours
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307409126
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Moran, Michelle
Publisher:
Crown
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090915
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.44x6.36x1.43 in. 1.49 lbs.

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Product details 448 pages Crown Publishing Group (NY) - English 9780307409126 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Moran's latest foray into the world of classical history (after The Heretic Queen) centers upon 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. Deftly encompassing enough political history to provide context, Moran never clutters her narrative with extraneous facts. Readers may be frustrated that Selene is more observer than actor, despite the action taking place around her, but historical fiction enthusiasts will delight in this solid installment from a talented name in the genre. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the national bestseller "Nefertiti" comes the incredible, untold story of Queen Cleopatra and Marc Antony's orphaned children, who were taken to Rome to be raised as hostages in the palace of their father's greatest rival.
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