At first blush, there is really nothing wrong with this look at three women in Augustus' court. The three are Cleopatra Selene (daughter of Cleo and Tony, raised by Octavia), Julia (Gus's daughter by his first wife), and Livia (Gus's second wife). Selene is well drawn as a character. It's just that the book leaves you with the vague feeling that there should have been more. And Julia seems to do a half character change with little reason.