Cleopatra's Shadows

Cleopatra's Shadows

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Page-turning historical fiction that reimagines the beginnings of Cleopatra's epic saga through the eyes of her younger sister.
Before Caesar and the carpet, before Antony and Actium, before Octavian and the asp, there was Arsinoe.
Abandoned by her beloved Cleopatra and an indifferent father, young Arsinoe must fight for her survival in the bloodthirsty royal court when her half-sister Berenice seizes Egypt's throne. Even as the quick-witted girl wins Berenice's favor, a new specter haunts her days-dark dreams that have a habit of coming true.
To survive, she escapes the palace for the war-torn streets of Alexandria. Meanwhile, Berenice confronts her own demons as she fights to maintain power. When their deposed father Ptolemy marches on the city with a Roman army, both daughters must decide where their allegiances truly lie, and Arsinoe grapples with the truth, that the only way to survive her dynasty is to rule it.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 160 x 241 x 30mm | 544g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0316382981
  • 9780316382984
  • 2,347,178

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"Readers will sympathize with Berenice as she battles formidable odds.... Holleman succeeds in teasing vivid throughlines from an incredibly complex period.... Her language, anachronism-free, artfully captures the matrix of myth and epic which nurtures and inspires her characters. A high-stakes family drama."--Kirkus Reviews
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About Emily Holleman

A graduate of Yale University, Emily Holleman spent several years as an editor for job she left to follow Arsinoe and her quest for the throne of Egypt. She lives and works in Brooklyn and is, like Arsinoe, also a younger sister.
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