Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

Arriving in Rome was the last thing Princess Kleopatra Selene wanted. At least she had Alexander, her twin brother, to comfort her. Her parents, Queen Cleopatra and Marc Antony, were gone. Octavian planned to bring them into Rome, to do what enslave them? Force them into an unhappy marriage?

Octavian's nephew, Marcellus, greets Selene and Alexander when they arrive at the coast. The journey with Marcellus is a long one but when the children make it to Rome they get to live with Octavian's sister, Octavia, who is nothing but kind to the children. But Selene still has her doubts. Even though Octavian is impressed by her drawing ability and Alexander's ability with horses she still doesn't know why he is treating her well.

The Red Eagle's rebellion is all anyone in Rome can talk about for a while. All the Acta posted on the Temple doors. Slaves rebelling due to the acta posted on doors and windows.

I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting from the beginning to the ending. It's a historical fiction. I had read one or two historical fictions before and this one interested me the most. In the back there is an "Afterword" and a "Historical Note". After reading everything else I read the Historical note and I was surprised to find out that most of the things that was written about actually happened. Michelle Moran obviously did her research. She made history come alive. She also wrote an Afterword which told about what happened to the characters in their life after this happened.

There is also a glossary because she uses a lot of foreign words. I think Michelle really excelled. Of the many characters there was all but one or two that didn't actually live 2,000 years ago. Selene was an inspiring and determined character. She wasn't afraid to stand up for what was right and what she believed in. In 422 pages I feel that I've learned a lot about how the Romans lived 2,000 years ago. This was very informative and entertaining and I enjoyed reading this. I Received this from the publisher, Random House. After that I also received bookmarks and an autographed book plate.