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Cleopatra in Space: Fallen Empires: 08/20/20
Cleopatra in Space: Fallen Empires by Mike Maihack is the fifth book in the Cleopatra in Space series. After the disappointing use of native stereotypes in The Golden Lion (2017) I didn't look for a new book. But learning now that there are two books, the sixth one being the conclusion, I decided to keep going.
This volume seeks to fill in the blanks for what happened to Egypt when Cleopatra was brought to the far future where she has been living. It also explains how the big bad of series was once her friend and how hardship and time had turned him. His identity was revealed in The Secret of the Time Tablets (2016)
In Fallen Empires, Cleopatra is secondary to the character arc of Xaius Octavian throughout the ages. There's a lot of rapid passage of time, and some of the scenes are done through art alone, meaning the passage of events is up to interpretation.
The artwork is tight and back on track. The emphasis is on character building and world building within the realm of Yashiro Academy. There are no disappointments in this volume.
The final volume, Queen of the Nile was published earlier this year. I will be reviewing it soon.