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The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Breaking the Mould by Victoria Hamilton
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Cleopatra in Space: Fallen Empires by Mike Maihack
Curse of the Were-wiener by Ursula Vernon
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To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid
Love & Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford
My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson
Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey
The Pawful Truth by Miranda James
See You On a Starry Night by Lisa Schroeder
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Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner
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These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling
The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
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Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson
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Cleopatra in Space: Fallen Empires: 08/20/20

Cleopatra in Space: Fallen Empires

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.

Five stars

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