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Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
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Apr 27, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: female-protagonist, historical-fiction
Read from April 20 to 27, 2010

Minus the weird reincarnation parts from her previous novel Black Ships, which did absolutely nothing to enhance the plot, I quite enjoyed this historical fiction set in ancient Alexandria during the reign of Cleopatra. Although the story is told from Charmian's point of view (Cleopatra's half sister and handmaiden), the reader got a fantastic glimpse of what life was like during that tumultuous period in history. The other thing that was really enjoyable was that Graham began the story well before Cleopatra took over the throne (which is a rarity) and it went into the history of how the Ptolemies gained (many times stole) the crown. There was some pretty steamy and scandalous scenes in the novel as well.

I don't know if I'm going to go back and read Black Ships which seems to maybe go into the whole fantastical prophecy aspect (Charmian in this novel was a reincarnated form of an oracle like priestess in Black Ships) which I have a feeling I won't enjoy as much but I do like the subject matter (Battle of Troy). We'll see I guess.

Other than that, the Hand of Isis was an engaging read.

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message 1: by Jc (new)

Jc Hey - I read Black Ships. It was a pretty good read if I remember correctly.

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