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Book Review of Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B.C. (Royal Diaries)

Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B.C. (Royal Diaries)
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Helpful Score: 3

This story is about a young Cleopatra (12 at the start, 14 by the end), who is forced to flee Egypt with her father and had to live in Rome for a short time until it was possible for them to return. Also, we meet various historical figures through Cleopatra's eyes (Marc Antony, Cicero, etc).

To a degree, this was like reading a junior version prequel of "When We Were Gods" because the author makes you feel connected to this Egyptian princess who feels like she has no real control over her future, but must put on a royal appearance at all times. Cleopatra knows that she must be "the future Queen" at all times, not allowing herself to act like the 12 to 14 year old girl that she really is over the course of the story. This story lets to reader in on Cleopatra's thoughts and fears for both herself and her Egypt. I'm glad that Kristiana Gregory does not gloss over certain less-than-pleasant details (either in the reading or in the historical notes at the end) that actually did happen (such as the story of Cleopatra's death in the note at the end). She makes sure to treat historical details with tact, and make it accessible to younger readers. Of course, there are a number of fictional elements, but overall, I'd say Gregory did a great job of being true to life of Cleopatra!