BY HELEN R. DAVIS
Publication Date: December 2, 2015
Savant Books & Publications LLC
eBook & Paperback;
Genre: Alternative Historical Fiction
The first book of three in a richly imagined ancient world where the course of history is altered by one battle. In this world, Antony and Cleopatra triumph at the Battle of Actium, and Cleopatra emerges as a queen, stateswoman, and politician. Those around her come to life as the reader returns to those days to live them with her.
“The first in a series, Cleopatra Unconquered by Helen R. Davis is a treat for those fascinated by Egypt and the lost glories of antiquity. The author weaves the fruits of her careful research into a fascinating combination of both the historical fiction and fantasy genres. It gives readers a look into history as it was, as well as into what might have been.” – Elena Marie Vidal, author of The Paradise Tree
AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE
Cleopatra VII was raised in the tumultuous Egyptian political climate. From her infancy she was prepared by her father to one day rule Egypt beside her brother. As a daughter of Isis, Cleopatra prayed to the goddess for support and guidance. Little did Cleopatra know of the road ahead with death, deception, love, loss and the eventual happiness that Isis had in store for her when Cleopatra showed her worth.
Cleopatra Unconquered is another wonderful story of 'what if," an alternative history to Cleopatra VII life and reign if she and Marc Antony were not defeated by Octavian in the Battle of Actium. As the first of a three part series however, most of the book is deeply rooted in Cleopatra's history and not turning the tides until the end. I enjoyed learning about how Cleopatra might have grown up and the trials she had to endure, especially within her own family. I was very interested in her time away from Egypt and how she followed her father into his Exile in Rome; this seemed to have a great impact on her later decisions. A wonderful layer that was added to the story was the point of view from the Vault of Nut where Isis, Athena and Cleopatra's mother, father and others in her life who had passed could look down on her, affect her decisions and move ahead through time. This perspective allowed another layer of depth to Cleopatra's winding path through life and the choices she made. Cleopatra's story intensifies as she heads into battle and becomes a commander and financier and I was enveloped in her battle. I am so glad that Cleopatra's story no longer has to end so soon and can't wait to see where it leads next.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Helen R. Davis is an American author. Her first novel, Evita: My Argentina was previously published as Evita: My Life and republished with Custom Book Publications in Hong Kong. Her second novel, CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, which is the first in a series, imagines a world in which Antony and Cleopatra, rather than Augustus Caesar, are the victors of the Battle of Actium. the sequel, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS, will be released soon, followed by the titles CLEOPATRA MAGNIFICA and CLEOPATRA TRIUMPHANT. Her third novel, or at least, her third historical novel/alternate history, THE MOST HAPPY, was published with Callipe Editorial, based out of Madrid Spain, on July 25th, 2017.
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