If you're looking for a book about Cleopatra or her handmaid, you might be disappointed. This story is about Lydia. Yes, she was Cleopatra's handmaid at one time, but not always. Lydia was so much more than a simple handmaid anyway. I really liked Lydia a lot. Her character alone was worth reading the book for.
Most of the book was just okay for me though to be honest. At one point, though I know it's a work of fiction, it almost felt like I was studying for history and reading from a textbook. The last 100 or so pages the story really picked right up and all of the pieces of the puzzle came together, making it a much better story.
This was my first time reading from this author before and I know it won't be the last. There was something solid in her style of writing that appealed to me in the end.