Selene has grown up in a palace on the Nile with her parents, Cleopatra & Mark Antony--the most brilliant, powerful rulers on earth. But the jealous Roman Emperor Octavianus wants Egypt for himself, & when war finally comes, Selene faces the loss of all she's ever loved. Forced to build a new life in Octavianus's household in Rome, she finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies--until she reaches out to claim her own.
Vicky Alvear Shecter
Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of CLEOPATRA'S MOON, the winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and three nonfiction books for young readers, most recently ANUBIS SPEAKS! A GUIDE TO THE AFTERLIFE BY THE EGYPTIAN GOD OF THE DEAD. A docent in the Ancient History department of the Carlos Museum of Art, she lives near Atlanta, Georgia. Please visit her website at www.vickyalvearshecter.com or follow her on Twitter at @valvearshecter.
- As the priests and priestesses chanted the final prayers, I wanted to jump and cheer
and laugh. It was my family's proudest moment! I drank it all in–-the masses cheering
- ! ' the white-robed Priests of Serapis chanting over bowls of smoky incense'
- ! ' the long-haired Priestesses of Isis extending their thin arms to the sky'
- ! ' the sweet fragrance of flowers as countless petals swirled around us, floating
through the air like tiny perfumed birds. It was all so beautiful, almost magical.
The Triumph of the Ptolemies! The greatest moment of our lives.
But the gods
would not stand for us to have such happiness for long. And so began the slow, excrutiating
process of our undoing.'