Cleopatra’s daughter

Akhirnya kesampaian juga membaca buku yang saya taksir sejak tahun lalu. Mau baca ebook denger-denger bakal dialihbahasakan ke Indonesia, untungnya terjemahannya bagus, walau covernya saya kurang suka. Cover yang saya upload di bawah ini yang non terjemahan. Me likey the yellow one.

Cleopatra's Daughter

Sinopsis di bawah ini saya copy dari website Michellemorran.com.

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.

The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is brought brilliantly to life inCleopatra’s Daughter. Recounted in Selene’s youthful and engaging voice, it introduces a compelling cast of historical characters:

  • Octavia: the emperor Octavian’s kind and compassionate sister, abandoned by Marc Antony for Cleopatra
  • Livia: Octavian’s bitter and jealous wife
  • Marcellus: Octavian’s handsome, flirtatious nephew and heir-apparent
  • Tiberius: Livia’s sardonic son and Marcellus’s great rival for power
  • Juba: Octavian’s ever-watchful aide, whose honored position at court has far-reaching effects on the lives of the young Egyptian royals

Selene’s narrative is animated by the concerns of a young girl in any time and place —the possibility of finding love, the pull of friendship and family, and the pursuit of her unique interests and talents. While coping with the loss of both her family and her ancestral kingdom, Selene must find a path around the dangers of a foreign land. Her accounts of life in Rome are filled with historical details that vividly capture both the glories and horrors of the time. She dines with the empire’s most illustrious poets and politicians, witnesses the creation of the Pantheon, and navigates the colorful, crowded marketplaces of the city where Roman-style justice is meted out with merciless authority.

Based on meticulous research, Cleopatra’s Daughter is a fascinating portrait of Imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of history, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.

Gimana? Menarik kan sinopsisnya? Dan saya pasti akan membaca buku Michelle Moran lainnya, ada 2 buku lagi yang masih berhubungan dengan Mesir, Nefertari dan Nefertiti.

Love, lies, betrayal, murder, power, passion, death, this book has it all🙂 Semua yang diinginkan saat membaca buku historical ada di Cleopatra’s daughter. Kita dengan mudah akan bersimpati dengan tokoh utama putri sang Cleopatra, Selene. Walau di awal buku sempat bingung karena terlalu banyak tokoh yang diperkenalkan, lambat laun saya mulai bisa mengikuti dan seakan berpindah ke Roma, karena pendeskripsian Michelle Moran begitu detilnya.

Hail to Michelle Moran!🙂

PS. browsing di blognya lumayan membuat saya terpana ada foto dari berbagai negara yang ia kunjungi, mulai dari Malta, India, Italia, Jamaica, dll. Sepertinya ia juga melakukan riset yang cukup dalam untuk setiap bukunya. Cool.

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