Cleopatra’s Daughter

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Cleopatra's DaughterThis book was launched on the 15th of August 2009 if I am not mistaken. I remember the first time i saw it on one of my favourite book bloggers sites and i wanted to get my hands on it immediately. I read every review written about it and i just couldn’t wait till it came to Sri Lanka because i know that the famous book stores we have dont really bother to check out the latest up and coming authors and purchase their books. The only launches you would see within a week of the actual publishing date would be either the Harry potter or Dan brown series (which i love by the way). But still I just knew i had to get my hands around this book. As fate would have it i had a friend by the name of Cupcake 🙂 who knew i was dying to get my hands on this book and got it down for me as a gift. Well you should have seen my excitement when i saw this book. sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.. love at first sight.. and yes I am a bookaholic if no one has noticed by now.

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 Author sticks to every original historical detail that was paved along the lives of these heroes. 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.

The parts in which that ticked me off i guess was the fact the most of the book is based around the 11 year old selene, who by the way acts and speaks as an eighteen year old which confused me immensely. The latter part of the book takes you to the love story of princess Selene and the tragedy surrounding Prince Alexander. It shocks you but also keeps you enthralled with suspense. The saddening fact about this book is that the book ends when the love story for Selene begins.. and i can only hope that the author continues this story with another book about Princess Selene and……. :p (read the book)

After reading this book I realized that she might actually get into my list of favourite authors as well as the book just got selected into a favourite read. If your looking for it then trust me its worth it. Buying it here is questionable but if your impatient then waiting for it to come here is never going to happen. Thanks cupcake. 🙂

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