Michelle Moran has been one of my favourite authors since reading Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen. I had no qualms about whether Michelle would deliveMichelle Moran has been one of my favourite authors since reading Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen. I had no qualms about whether Michelle would deliver with Cleopatra's Daughter so I ordered the early release UK edition (patience is not my virtue) and Loved It. If you've enjoyed Michelle Moran's previous works then I guarantee Cleopatra's Daughter will not disappoint and if you haven't tried one of her novels then what are you waiting for ... this is an absolute must-read!
We are swept from Alexandria in Egypt to Imperial Rome, with twins Selene and Alexander & I was utterly captivated by the view through young Selene's eyes. The friendships, romance, betrayals, political machinations, slave rebellions, architecture, entertainment, the so-called justice system, the Columna Lactaria for abandoned babies, the building of the Pantheon; I was completely immersed in the world of Ancient Rome.
The vivid imagery, the meticulous research & captivating characters; Michelle Moran has a gift, combining rich historical detail in a fascinating story that transports the reader in time and place ... no boring history class here.
I could have read on and on about many of the intriguing characters and historical figures but the author's afterword & historical notes went some way towards slaking my thirst for further knowledge. Now that's historical fiction at its best!
Loved it, loved it, loved it. I don't normally gush about a novel but I enjoyed this even more than 'Nefertiti' & I really didn't want it to end.Loved it, loved it, loved it. I don't normally gush about a novel but I enjoyed this even more than 'Nefertiti' & I really didn't want it to end. It was a vivid, captivating page-turner and I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in the Ancient Egyptian world. I have been interested in Ancient Egypt since my own school years then helping my sons with assignments on Ancient Egypt; the pharoahs, the Gods, their customs and burial practices, I have always found their highly advanced civilisation fascinating. Nefertari, the orphaned daughter of Mutnodjmet and niece of the infamous Nefertiti is an absolute delight in this novel. She is kind-hearted and moral like her mother but very strong and clever without being calculating. I was caught up in the love story between Nefertari and Ramesses the Great, Nefertari's battle to gain the respect and admiration of Egypt and her triumph over her family's checkered past.
I await Michelle Moran's next novel, 'Cleopatra's Daughter' with much anticipation and great impatience!...more
4.5 Stars Wolfskin is a powerful, painstakingly researched historical fantasy set against a backdrop of the Viking world and the colonisation of the Sc4.5 Stars Wolfskin is a powerful, painstakingly researched historical fantasy set against a backdrop of the Viking world and the colonisation of the Scottish islands of Orkney. It follows the destinies of three central characters - the Viking warrior Eyvind, would-be king Somerled and Priestess Nessa. Eyvind has grown up with the dream of becoming a Wolkskin warrior of Thor, like his brother. He is set the task of befriending the strange boy Somerled and although Eyvind often fears Somerled's cruel and unpredictable nature, circumstances draw the boys together in friendship and they eventually swear their lifelong brotherhood with a blood bond. Their journey to the Light Isles reveals long denied truths and sets the scene for a page-turning read.
Marillier's connection to the natural world is a beautiful one, nothing is contrived or exaggerated. The imagery was so vivid I felt like I'd been to the Light Isles myself. Eyvind and Nessa are wonderfully drawn characters, sensitively portrayed & I fell in love with both of them. Somerled is the character you love to hate, although his portrayal is also done in such a way that it is possible to see his vulnerability. Wolfskin examines the value in loyalty, the pain of betrayal, the necessity of sometimes denying love and the strength required to do what is right. I can't wait to read Foxsmart...more
3.5 stars for this one. I did enjoy the story of Lady Anne Neville (Anne of York) told in first person narrative. In 15th Century England the War of t3.5 stars for this one. I did enjoy the story of Lady Anne Neville (Anne of York) told in first person narrative. In 15th Century England the War of the Roses has ended, the war between the houses of Lancaster and York for the throne of England. With the support of the Earl of Warwick (the Kingmaker), King Henry VI of the house of Lancaster is deposed by the charismatic King Edward IV, former Duke of York. Anne the daughter of the Earl of Warwick goes on to become Queen of England as the wife of King Richard III (Edward's brother). Not a descriptive tale, Plaidy's factual writing style is quite cold but certainly informative and conducive to reading more of that period. This style also worked in Plaidy's depiction of Richard, a portrayal without the rumour and innuendo that usually surrounds King Richard III. As much as I did like the novel, it was an interesting read but I was not emotionally drawn in, hence my reason for not giving this book 4 stars...more