Hand of Isis
Charmian is handmaiden to Cleopatra. She is also an oracle, gifted with ancient memories that may hold the key to preserving Egypt. Through blood and fire, war and peace, love and death, she will face a desperate struggle that will remake the future of the world.Shortlisted for the Locus Best... show more
Charmian is handmaiden to Cleopatra. She is also an oracle, gifted with ancient memories that may hold the key to preserving Egypt. Through blood and fire, war and peace, love and death, she will face a desperate struggle that will remake the future of the world.Shortlisted for the Locus Best First Novel Award, included in The Amazon Editors' Top Ten List in Science Fiction and Fantasy for 2008 and the Locus Recommended Reading List, with starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, Jo Graham is one of the most exciting new voices to come out of historical fantasy in recent years.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: January 1st 2010
Pages no: 642
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Historical Fiction
Series: Numinous World (#3)
Graham retells the story of Cleopatra though the viewpoint of her handmaid Charmian. While more historical fiction, this book does get put into the fantasy character not only because of the use of gods as characters, but also, most likely, because of the hints at the past life/reincarnation. ...
I took my time reading this because it's the last one of the Ancient cycle of Numinous World that's out there. I did shed a few tears while reading the last chapters, as I knew I would. Even if I knew the ending and who doesn't know the ending of the tale of Queen Cleopatra and her fair city of Alex...
Could pass as historical fiction or fantasy as there are mystical elements. I really enjoyed this novel, staying true to the few known facts of Cleopatra's life and using a keen imagination to fill in the rest. The story is told through the viewpoint of the handmaiden, dear friend, and half-sister t...