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Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel

by Michelle Moran

Crown/Archetype | July 13, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 4.
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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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.01 × 5.17 × 1.01 in

Published: July 13, 2010

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307409139

ISBN - 13: 9780307409133

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from pretty good for my first time read in this type of fiction. you get to learn something and presented interestingly and easy to read. now you don't find that often. the author also provides a glossary with definition for actual words used during this civilization. did the same thing in my secret daughter. a quick read with non complex characters and smooth story line. moran takes all the best of this time period and paints a beautiful picture about selene and her twin brother alexander's life after the death of his parent and their new home in rome. i found moved a little slow at first, but picked up halfway through. more likely because i was not use to historic fiction i've been out of the loop for a few years. this novel has brought me back to how much i enjoy historic fiction. the best is at the end moran provides what happened after the novel, what was true and what was over exaggerated. you can tell she does her research. i think i may start to have a slight girl crush on selene. she is a great young female protagonist. she is early version of a pseudo buffy, katniss and any other female character with courage and intelligence.
Date published: 2012-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really really liked this one! 4.5 stars Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, had three kids with Marc Antony. When she killed herself after being invaded, Caesar Octavian took the kids back to Rome with him. Twins Selene and Alexander were 10 years old, and moved in with Octavian's sister, Octavia. But they were constantly in danger, not knowing what would happen with them next; would Octavian keep them around, or ultimately have them killed, too? In the meantime, there is someone, "Red Eagle", who is unhappy with the plight of the slaves in Rome and is protesting, so there is a hunt on to find out who Red Eagle actually is. This was really really good. I've never read anything (fiction or nonfiction) about this time period or place, but this story just drew me right in. I did have a bit of trouble figuring out who was who in some cases, and who was related to whom in what way(s), but I figured out enough of the main people that that didn't really bother me too much. I was able to lose myself in the story. I was very impressed with all the technological knowledge at the time. Wow, I had no idea. I think I'd heard some of it, but not to the extent it was portrayed here. Just an fyi that there is a glossary at the back (I had the ebook, so I didn't find it till I got to the end), and of course, a historical note from the author. This was so good!
Date published: 2012-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating Story “Cleopatra’s Daughter” is a fascinating snap shot into Imperial Rome, its people and the events of this glorious and most tumultuous period in human history. Although a fiction the story has many true elements to it, it depicts a life of more than two thousand years ago when the children of Mark Antony and Cleopatra were taken from Egypt and raised several years on the Palatine. Narrated by the young Selene, the story begins on the fateful day when Octavian marched into Alexandria and claimed it as his own. Following the deaths of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, Selene along with her two brothers Alexander and Ptolemy are taken in chains to Rome to be delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, Octavia. Unfortunately only the 10 year old twins, Selene and Alexander, with the support of each other, survive the journey. In Rome, at the hands of their captor Octavian, they are never far from danger or potential death. They quickly learn their survival depends on keeping vigilant and silent in the house of Caesar. Woven with bits of intricate detail, the novel not only tells the story of these remarkable children but also expounds on ancient Rome and the notorious and unforgettable people who lived during that period. The author tells the story in a very captivating and exciting manner and the characters have been finely tuned to enhance the atmosphere even further. There is no need for extensive knowledge of history to enjoy this wonderful tale of hardship and intrigue.
Date published: 2011-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great historical fiction I found that although many things happened right from the start, it took be a bit to really get into this book. However once I did I was hooked. I felt very connected to the characters and since I didn't know the historical events I was always surprised by the twists and turns of the story. I thought that this book was an entertaining read as well as a great way to learn about the history of Cleopatra's daughter. I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2011-09-16

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Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel

by Michelle Moran

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.01 × 5.17 × 1.01 in

Published: July 13, 2010

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307409139

ISBN - 13: 9780307409133

About the Book

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.

From the Publisher

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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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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Editorial Reviews

“The story I always wanted to read! If you love I, Claudius, you’ll love this book!”
—Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra

“Michelle Moran has already made Ancient Egypt her own fictional domain. With this compelling novel of the legendary Cleopatra’s daughter, she now stakes a claim to Ancient Rome, too.”
—Sharon K. Penman, New York Times bestselling author of Devil’s Brood

“Cleopatra’s Daughter is historical fiction at its finest. With her exquisite attention to detail and her beautifully crafted characters, Michelle Moran does not just visit the past–she resurrects it.”
—Deanna Raybourn, bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey series

“No one captures the immediacy and rich detail of the ancient world quite like Michelle Moran.”
—bestselling author Robin Maxwell

“From the tragic fall of Cleopatra’s Alexandria to the treacherous hills of imperial Rome, Michelle Moran spins a captivating tale of the daughter of Egypt’s most famous queen, a princess whose courageous determination to survive is as exciting and dramatic as the time in which she lived.”
—C. W. Gortner, author of The Last Queen


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