Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

I just finished Cleopatra’s Daughter last week, but I’m going to skip far ahead on my book reviews for it!! I LOVED Cleopatra’s Daughter. It was historical fiction at its best.

Selene and Alexander are the two young twin children of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. After their parents’ deaths, they are taken by their enemy, Caesar Octavian back to Rome. Once in room, they learn the customs of the Romans, make new friends, and find love. They also find troubled times with slave revolts and infanticide.

I loved this novel as it was set during a time period that I only have a basic knowledge. . . I didn’t even know that Cleopatra and Marc Antony had twins! The book had a riveting story line and great romance akin to Pride and Prejudice, but even more then that it had wonderful history that came alive and kept me thinking. The plight of the slaves and of the innocent abandoned children will stay with me. I highly recommend this novel.

My only complaint is that while the cover has Cleopatra spelled with a "C", the entire book had it spelled with at "K." I didn't like the inconsistency!

Book Source: Kewaunee Public Library


  1. I also loved this story but admit that I was confused about the different spelling also.

  2. I don't remember noticing the different spelling. I might have done at the time, but it didn't leave a lasting impression.

    I can't wait for Moran's next book.

  3. Great review, Laura!! I LOVED this book, too!! It's one of my favorites :)

  4. I'm glad you posted a review...this book is on my list! Now it's moving to the top of the list! Thanks :)

  5. I am so glad that you liked this book! I absolutely loved this story when I read it last September. Michelle Moran does a fabulous job drawing the reader into the life of Selene. I learned several interesting things about that time-period that I was unaware of. Actually, the whole Cleopatra area did not interest me but Michelle brought it to life for me, I now have an interest.

  6. I loved Nefertiti but still haven't gotten to her others. I can't wait!