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Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
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Aug 02, 10

bookshelves: gyptian-all-things-egypt
Read in August, 2010

Okay so as much as I would love to say I loved this book--I mean come on its about Cleopatra and her sisters/handmaidens Charmaine and Iras..Alas I was underwhelmed with this book..knowing the story of Cleopatra and Caesar and then Marc Anthony that leads up to her tragic and heroic? suicide and I found the book was true to that it just wasnt all that interesting..The tidbits I did enjoy involved the girls and Dion and their lives, affairs of the state (especially after Caesar) died and all the convulted politics dragged the book on..however the imagery and character development of Charmaine were commendable, you understand although never quite like the cool Iras and cant help but think what you would do in the impossible situtions Cleopatra gets her people into as pharoah. All in all the backstory was wonderful but the beauty lies in the imagery of the clothing, scenery, beautiful ancient Alexandria and the unforgettable stories and descriptions of the Gods and Goddesses of their time...

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