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Cleopatra's Moon Hardcover – 1 Aug 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545221307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545221306
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,712,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for CLEOPATRA'S MOON

An Entertainment Weekly "Must List" Pick

"Absorbing ... Cleopatra Selene becomes a woman with a tenacity and heart that would have made her famous mother proud." - The Wall Street Journal

"The novel's atmospheric setting and romantic intrigue are highly memorable." - Publishers Weekly

"A fascinating take on a neglected historical figure." - Booklist
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of two nonfiction books about the ancient world: ALEXANDER THE GREAT ROCKS THE WORLD, a VOYA Honor Pick for Nonfiction, and CLEOPATRA RULES!. A docent in the Ancient History department of the Carlos Museum of Art, she lives in Avondale Estates, Georgia.


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This was a fun read. The story is about Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra VII.

The historical facts are that Cleopatra's children by Mark Antony were taken back to Rome, walked in Octavian's triumph and later Cleopatra Selene was married to Juba (who was raised in Rome after his father died fighting Julius Casesar). Together they ruled Mauretania as client kings of Rome.

This novel speculates entertainingly about what the years in between, growing up in Octavia's house, may have been like for Cleopatra Selene. The novel ends with her arrival in Mauretania.

I enjoyed the writing style, which was lively. I suspect it was written for a teenage market but that didn't detract from my enjoyment because some of my favourite writers like Rosemary Sutcliff also wrote for that market. I mention the intended market in case any potential readers are expecting something along the lines of Margaret George's excellent "Memoirs of Cleopatra." This book is not on the same level, but still well worth a read.

Cleopatra Selene is portrayed as secretly defiant of Octavian and has several clashes with him - these are improbable, but still entertaining because the main character is written with such charm that I wasn't annoyed by the more unlikely incidents.

This is an entertaining, light hearted read. If you enjoy historical novels and don't mind if some of the events depicted are mildly unlikely then it's likely you'll enjoy this book.
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