Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran is the story of Kleopatra Selene, the daughter of Marc Antony and Cleopatra. The book begins with death of the Egyptian queen and turns into a story which most of us probably haven’t heard before.
I didn’t know that Selene and her twin brother, Alexander, existed before reading this book. People who know me know that I love a book that teaches me something (I’m a complete and utter history nerd). Finding out they were real people made the book even more enjoyable for me – if that’s possible!
Michelle Moran is a fabulous writer. The amount of research put into this book is apparent in every sentence of the story. The characters are each so unique and multi-dimensional that you feel with them, hate them, love them. The descriptions of Rome etc. are so intricate that when I pulled the book away from my face I almost expected to see the marble and stone, the slaves and their masters roaming the crowded city or the group of people who become close friends over the course of the story. I wanted to be part of their circle.
At the end of the book, Michelle included a section that tells what happened to the people we got to know in the story. I love it when authors do that! She obviously wants to go that extra mile to give her readers an enjoyable experience and I appreciate that. Cleopatra’s Daughter is a fabulous read from start to finish.