Cleopatra's Shadows by Emily Holleman audiobook

Cleopatra's Shadows

By Emily Holleman
Read by Katy Sobey

Little, Brown & Company 9780316382984
13.10 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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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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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Riveting.” Marie Claire
“Breathing new life into these historical personalities…Holleman offers a fresh take on the Ptolemy dynasty and has delivered what promises to be just the first in an exciting series about Arsinoe, youngest sister of Cleopatra.” Library Journal (starred review)
“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
“Holleman has undertaken the daunting task of reimagining Cleopatra as seen by her youngest sister, Arsinoe. Holleman delivers a fabulous portrait of the ancient world, making the period accessible to readers through characters whose thoughts and motivations mirror those of the 21st century.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

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Author

Author Bio: Emily Holleman

Author Bio: Emily Holleman

Emily Holleman, a graduate of Yale University, spent several years as an editor for Salon.com (a 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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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 13.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English