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Cleopatra's moon
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2011
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  Booklist Review

Shecter, author of nonfiction books on Alexander the Great and Cleopatra VII, moves her scholarly interest in ancient Egypt seamlessly into the fictional realm with this dramatic account of the life of Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra VII and Marc Antony. As a child, Selene wants nothing more than to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a powerful queen, but she instead becomes a hostage of war when Roman ruler Octavianus invades Egypt, defeating Marc Antony and ensuring his claim to the Roman Empire. After her parents' deaths by suicide, Selene is forced to live with her two brothers in Octavianus' hostile household in Rome, where she schemes futilely to reclaim the Egyptian throne. Based on historical records, this is an often-tragic tale of a determined young woman who must adapt to the loss of everything she's known in order to recognize the new possibilities before her. Shecter brings ancient Egypt and Rome to life with vivid period details and a fascinating take on a neglected historical figure.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Following in a parent's footsteps is never easy...especially when your parents are Cleopatra and Mark Antony.From the little known about the lives of Cleopatra Selene and her two brothers, taken to Rome after the deaths of their parents to live in the emperor's compound, Shecter has written an entertaining but ultimately thin first novel. The first-person narration follows Cleopatra Selene from age 7 to 16 as she grows politically savvy, falls in love and sets her own course. The author has written nonfiction books for children about this era (Cleopatra Rules!, 2010, etc.), and here the historical context and characters are well drawn.The sadistic family plotting in Octavianus' compound makes for intriguing storytelling, and Cleopatra Selene's loneliness, terror and ultimate bravery are well developed.Yet she's just not believable as a brainy 25th-century-BCE princess, exhibiting a 21st-century navet (especially regarding espionage) and the subtlety of a school bus. Conversations with her beloved introduce the audience to philosophical concepts of Stoicism, free will and women's rights, but there's almost an avoidance of issues of slavery and sovereignty, for all their essential part in the plot.Readers will enjoy what is still a romantic and exciting story, but with the tease of such rich material they'll miss the meatiness of such storytellers as Katherine Sturtevant, Megan Whalen Turner or Robin McKinley. (character list, author's note)(Fiction. 10-14)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
"The Luxe" meets the ancient world in the extraordinary story of Cleopatra's daughter. <p>Selene has grown up in a palace on the Nile with her parents, Cleopatra and Mark Anthony-the most brilliant and powerful rulers on earth. But the jealous Roman Emperor Octavianus wants Egypt for himself, and when war finally comes, Selene faces the loss of all she's ever loved. Forced to build a new life in Octavianus's household in Rome, she finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies-until she reaches out to claim her own.</p> <p>This stunning novel brings to life the personalities and passions of one of the greatest dramas in history, and offers a wonderful new heroine in Selene.</p>
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