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Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
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Dec 08, 10

Read in December, 2010

A fictional biography of Cleopatra told through the eyes of her half-sister and handmaiden, Charmian. When the two, along with their other half-sister Iras, are growing up, Cleopatra, as a fifth child, is politically insignificant. As teenagers, they vow to Isis that they will protect Egypt from the covetous Romans, and in return for their devotion, the goddess rewards Cleopatra with the throne. (Her family helps by a succession of betrayals and murders of each other.) Even though the territory is familiar, it is fairly historically accurate and given some suspense by Charmian, who is something of an oracle.

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