PUBLISHER: Orchard Books
DATE PUBLISHED: 7th May 2015
Her precious mother is dead – and it isn’t an accident! The young Cleopatra – Pharaoh’s illegitimate daughter – must flee the royal palace at Alexandria or die too. As her evil half-sisters usurp the throne, Cleo finds sanctuary at the sacred temple of Isis, where years later she becomes initiated into the secret Sisters of the Living Knot. But now Isis’s power is failing, Egypt is in danger, and Cleo must prove her loyalty to her goddess by returning to the Alexandria she hates. She must seek out the hidden map which is the key to returning Isis’s power – on pain of death. But will she be able to evade her horrible sisters? And will she find dreamy Khai, the über-hot Librarian boy she met as she fled Alexandria years before? Cleo’s powerful destiny is about to unfold…
A new take on the teenage life of one of Ancient History’s most famous Queens. This new take on the life of Cleopatra was entrancing and full of gods and mythology. The cover itself was the first thing that grabbed my attention. It was just stunning and I knew I had to read this book, if only for the beautiful cover. The side character of Charm (the royal handmaiden / slave) was one I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved her relationship with Cleo and the friendship between these two characters. The plot itself was generally well structured and fast paced. I enjoyed the incorporation of different deities of Ancient Egypt and how this influenced the everyday lives of individuals in the palace. There was some romance incorporated into this novel, but it was not the main drive of the novel and I appreciated this in this book. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a different take on a famous historical figure examining an aspect of their life that has been left in the dark.
Keep Calm and Read On,