The Royal Diaries

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Cleopatra VII:
Daughter of the Nile,
Egypt, 57 B.C.

Written by Kristiana Gregory
ISBN 0-590-81975-5

The captivating diary of young Cleopatra’s tumultuous life – filled with opulence and mystery – as the daughter of the King Ptolemy Auteles, Pharaoh of Egypt.


I could feel my insides shaking. Would this sister try to poison me? Yes, I believe so. As for my other older sister, Berenice - never! She and I adore each other even though I am eight years younger.

I took the cup and raised it toward Tryphaena as if toasting her, but really I was watching the liquid, looking for oil floating on its surface, or powder sticking to the sides of the cup. If I suspected poison and tossed it into the pool, she would have her guards behead me on the spot. If it was indeed poison, one sip and I could die...

My eyes closed as I took the first sip, as if savoring such an excellent taste, but really my thought was, O Isis, I am afraid... My stomach turned with nervousness, or was it from a fearsome death beginning in me?