Title: Cleopatra Unconquered
Genre: Historical Fiction & What-If
Published: December 2nd 2015
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher)
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.
Oooh I adore what-if tales so I had no choice but to give this a read. I especially adore Cleo and it always upsets me when her fall happens. In this story, Antony and Cleo win.
The beginning was pretty much the same from what we know of her life. What made this good it all seemed legit and I could believe this was the real story.
At first, I wasn't huge on the mixing of the fantasy aspect, but it grew on me. It was interesting to hear the gods opinions on these matters. It didn't take up too much of the plot or story, so the balance was good and I grew to really like it.
The beginning had me hooked and I was able to breeze through this. A fun what-if story for sure. I wish this had happened. Yes, yes, I am on Cleo's side of course. ;)
Not a huge fan of the end. I hope there is more to come!
What else to say without ruining it?
I liked how Cleo was depicted. The beginning was a little rushed, but there was a lot to go through.
In the end, this was a quick read and an interesting one. I enjoyed the what-if twist there. If only! As always, Cleo was fun to read about. The fantasy aspect added grew on me as the story progressed. I shall stamp this with 4 stars. Worth the read!