Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Mistress of Ancient Times
Michelle Moran's third book, Cleopatra's Daughter has just been released. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of the book(hardcover! Whoohoo Michelle rocks).
Selene is the daughter of Cleopatra, yes THE Cleopatra. The same Cleopatra that killed herself with a snake(though that is debatable). Once Egypt falls to the Rome, Selene and her brother Alexander are taken from their home and forced to live with Octavia(the woman their father ditched to be with Cleopatra).
The majority of the story deals with Selene growing up in a strange country and is told in the first person. We see her trying to fit into Roman society. Many of the things she sees horrifies her and she longs to go back to Egypt. This book is considered an adult/young adult book because Selene is twelve years old.
Once again Ms. Moran has the ability to bring historical periods to life without making the novel seem dull or like a history book. I think students who enjoy historical fiction will be interested in this novel. I recommend it.
A word of caution to everyone. Whatever you do..do not google Selene's life or look at it on Wikipedia. The story will be ruined.
Stop by this Friday for an author interview with Ms. Michelle Moran. She has been kind enough to answer some of my questions.