"Fate will find a way".(Virgil)
"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant"
"Many women long for what eludes them, and like not what is offered them".
Ancient Latin wisdom to start this review of CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER by Michelle Moran. Just because Selene, Cleopatra's daughter, finds herself sitting at the same table as Horace or Virgil once she is taken to Rome by Octavian. But let's try to give this post a certain order.
You start leafing through the first pages and you immediately find yourself full immersed in a nightmare: you follow the events through Selene's eyes, while she is just losing her family, her roots, her habits, her country, her freedom at 12.
You live the tragic terrorizing events narrated, knowing that you can stop, just closing your book, but Cleopatra and her young children couldn't: no awakening for them, it was reality; no escape, they were doomed. Their husband/father, Mark Antony had been defeated at Actium by Octavian, their country invaded, Alexandria conquered and their Palace surrounded. Paralized by fear, they wait for their Fate. Selene and Alexander, the 12-year-old twins, and the youngest son Ptolemy, only 7, have to bear both their parents' suicides and then to be taken to Rome as captives. The story opens on these shocking crucial moments in Princess Selene's life. She herself, in first person, tells us about what will happen later on ...
Ptolemy won't survive the long voyage to Rome. Once there, she and her brother Alexander, will endure sufference and lack of freedom but will also experience friendship, love, loyalty, bravery and they'll grow up.
CLEOPATRA SELENE II 'S TRUE HISTORY
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