Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Book Review & Giveaway : Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

Book Details:
Random House, Crown Publishers
# ISBN-10: 0307409120
# ISBN-13: 978-0307409126
Hardcover, 430 pages

Synopsis:
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 vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome, but 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.

My review:

In my opinion, Cleopatra's Daughter is a brilliantly-written historical fiction full of twists and turns. Michelle Moran has done a great job in introducing the world of ancient Rome to her readers and leading them to embark on this wonderful journey to the past.

In the olden days, boys were already considered as adults when they reached their 15th birthday, and girls were available for marriage once they reach the age of 15. Selene was afraid of growing up because she feared that Octavian might arrange a betrothal for her to one of the old Senators of Rome. She was also worried that her brother might be killed by Octavian so that Alexander will never have the chance to start a rebellion. (It turned out to be true. Alexander did not live to wear his toga virilis.)

Kleopatra Selene is my favourite character in this story. Although she lost all her next-of-kin (including her twin brother Alexander towards the end of the story) and ancestral kingdom, she managed to cope her sadness and proved herself worthy to Rome in order to fulfill her dreams of returning to her homeland. Selene was extremely talented in architecture and she worked hard as the assistant of Vitruvius, a famous engineer and architect, in order to improve her architecture skills. I'm glad that Selene had a happy-ending in her love life. Her romance with Marcellus, Octavian’s nephew never blossom, but she eventually found her knight in shining armour and lived a blissful life.

The Romans regarded the Gauls as barbarians but I think they themselves were no better. They mistreated their slaves by torturing, and even killing them. In the story, a rich merchant, Pollio wanted to throw an old slave into a pool full of eels to kill him because the old man accidentally dropped a crystal glass. Slaves for sale were locked up in cages like animals. There was another incident in the story which clearly portrayed the injustice in ancient Rome. When Fabius, one of the richest men in Rome was murdered, all his slaves, 200 people of various ages, from young lads to old men, were mercilessly killed. Even the babies were poisoned to death before they had the chance to see the world. This showed that the ruling clans of Rome never really cared and no laws were ever made to ensure the safety of the poor slaves and to champion their rights.

Michelle's decision of making Selene as the narrator of this story is no doubt a perfect choice. As I read through the pages, I felt as if I was in ancient Rome with Selene herself, who was seeking survival in a foreign land full of envy, perils and conspiracies.

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran is truly a remarkable historical fiction. If you enjoy reading stories of ancient Egypt and Rome, then Cleopatra's Daughter is a book you will definitely love!

A million thanks to Michelle for her generosity of sending me a review copy of Cleopatra's Daughter. This book has exceeded my expectations and I really enjoyed reading it. I hope I can read more books by Michelle in the future!

Thank you, Michelle!


Book rating : 10/10 - A perfect score!

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Now readers, I've a great news for all of you! Michelle has agreed to sponsor a giveaway on my blog! One lucky reader will win a paperback copy of The Heretic Queen and another lucky winner will be getting a hardcover of Cleopatra's Daughter. Both books are autographed copies.

Mandatory entry:
To enter, simply leave a comment telling me why you want to win. ( 1 entry)

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~Michelle Moran's official website~

CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER: a novel
The death of Cleopatra was only the beginning...

CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER
Excerpt
Cleopatra's Daughter Q&A
Synopsis

Visit CleopatrasDaughter.com
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Giveaway ends 23rd September, 2009 at 8.00 pm Malaysia time.

Giveaway is open worldwide. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. The mandatory rules MUST be completed for the extra entries to count. Winner(s) will be chosen via Random.org. The winner will have 3 days to respond, or another winner will be chosen.

Update: Giveaway is now closed.

75 comments:

Stephanie said...

oh this sounds amazing!
i have always loved stuff about egypt and i'm looking for a new book to read!

Cindy said...

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Cindy said...

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Ruby Mountain Beads said...

wow! I can't believe you read it already! And I thought I read fast! Great review. looking forward to reading this book!

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Hey! I would LOVE to win a new book! I love reading, and my boyfriend and me both have a strong interest in historical fiction. =)
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I am following your blog.

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Salad for Breakfast said...

well, as someone who is OBSESSED with ancient roman history, this is one book i do not have in my collection and have been wanting to read it ever since it came out. antony and cleopatra are my favourite historical figures of all time!!!

Salad for Breakfast said...

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Dina (XYYan) said...

After reading your review, i would like to read it! I like the story line.

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Deedles said...

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Sandra K321 said...

I enjoy reading historical fiction and non-fiction books. And this one has gotten some great reviews.

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The Haeven Crew said...

About 10 years ago, I started a historical fiction surrounding the Battle of Actium and became absolutely FASCINATED in the whole story. Kleopatra VII has always been a historical figure I constantly gravitate towards... it would be cool to read this take on her daughter!

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bekki1820cb said...

Put simply, this looks like it would be a good book. Thanks for the chance! Rebecca

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I learned the she spent a summer in Israel as a volunteer archaeologist.

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I signed up to be on Michelle Moran's mailing list.

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I am already a follower! entry1

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Kari said...

I love the stories of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. The book sounds great! Thanks.

Kari said...

I signed up for Michelle Moran's mailing list. thanks

bekki1820cb said...

I signed up to be on Michelle Moran's mailing list. entry1
btw...I used bekki1820cb at yahoo dot com for the mailing list(not the email used to post this)

Kari said...

I visited her website and learned that she volunteered as an archaeologist in Israel.

Kari said...

I'm now following your blog. thanks

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Lindsay said...

I want to win because I love Cleopatra!!! My husband and I poured over the TV show Rome - it was awesome! (She makes a guest appearance)

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Pam said...

I'd love to win because I don't know as much about Egyptian history as I'd like to and I've heard such fantastic things about this book.

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Frodannah said...

I have always loved historical fiction, and this book looks wonderful!

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Damsels said...

i wnat to wim because the book and your review make it sound like something i would really love .. not to mention i like to read everything and anything ..

hofken said...

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✖Queeny✖ said...

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Nicole said...

I want to win because I love all of her books and want to read this one, too!!

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