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In the final novel in the bestselling series, Christian Jacq writes of the Hittite king who wants Ramses to marry his daughter, while revolt is brewing among the revenge-driven Libyans.


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In the final novel in the bestselling series, Christian Jacq writes of the Hittite king who wants Ramses to marry his daughter, while revolt is brewing among the revenge-driven Libyans.

30 review for Ramses: Under the Western Acacia

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fuad Al Fidah

    A fitting end to a fitting series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rafaela Serôa

    The whole Ramses series inspires the sacred and the beauty of the Egyptian golden tradition, very true and lovely.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Welling

    Beautiful close to the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Paul

    I loved the whole series of these books. The detail and characterization of a historical personage such as Ramses I was amazing. The court life descriptions and the political backstabbing was representing most cunningly. The story gave an alternative answer to the question of how Ramses had over 100 children. His beautiful wife, Nefetari to whom he built a monument to at Abu Simbel. Even the exodus of the Hebrews have been respectfully but interestingly written of. I will be reading this book seri I loved the whole series of these books. The detail and characterization of a historical personage such as Ramses I was amazing. The court life descriptions and the political backstabbing was representing most cunningly. The story gave an alternative answer to the question of how Ramses had over 100 children. His beautiful wife, Nefetari to whom he built a monument to at Abu Simbel. Even the exodus of the Hebrews have been respectfully but interestingly written of. I will be reading this book series many times over my lifetime.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Oscar Chavez

    EL ULTIMO LIBRO DE RAMSES AL IGUAL QUE LOS OTROS CUATRO TIENE PASAJES QUE SON RESCATABLES Y QUE VALEN LA PENA LEER,IMPORTANTES ASPECTOS SOBRE LA CULTURA EGIPCIA , COMO ESTUDIANTE DE ARQUITECTURA ME HAN SERVIDO ESTAS LECTURAS PARA ENTENDER MEJOR LA ARQUITECTURA DEL ANTIGUO EGIPTO Y ESTOY SORPRENDIDO DE LO QUE ENCONTRÉ EN LAS PAGINAS DE RAMSES..

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alejandra Aristizábal

    The West, a concept of resting and retiring transversal to the book, is now the final character of the saga; in the form of a smiling woman that releases a tired old body form his burden. Finally, the Son of Light rests in peace.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Guido Henkel

    A worthy bitter-sweet closure to the saga. This entire series was a blast, filled with great information about ancient Egypt and historic figures that truly come to life. The plot lines is always engaging and turns this fictionalized history into a real page turner. Highly recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robyn Schultz

    Loved the whole series of these books

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rouslan Chimeea

    A fitting end to an epic series! I wish the story continued. You grow so accustomed to the characters and the little world created by the author, it was excellent! I might compare reading this series to reading the Harry Potter ones. Give it a try if you liked that one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Excellent ending to a great series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Beryl Kumo

    It ok. For books with a backdrop of architecture, history and tradition, I've read other books which give more vivid details of such backdrops without seeming too repetitious. Its a good read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alina

    I loved every single page of this magnificently written story, all 5 books in the series were amazing.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Harun Bo

    Beyond history and realty.

  14. 5 out of 5

    dennis046

    Read in Dutch. The final part of Christian Jacq's Ramses series. I bought the whole series once on a book market for 5 euros total, money well spent! I read the series in between other books in the last couple of years, and finished the last part a week ago on holiday. It was a great series to pick up a part when I didn't have anything else to read. I will shortly review the whole series here. The first part of the five starts off with the child years of Ramses, the person who would later become o Read in Dutch. The final part of Christian Jacq's Ramses series. I bought the whole series once on a book market for 5 euros total, money well spent! I read the series in between other books in the last couple of years, and finished the last part a week ago on holiday. It was a great series to pick up a part when I didn't have anything else to read. I will shortly review the whole series here. The first part of the five starts off with the child years of Ramses, the person who would later become one of the great pharaohs of Egypt. The Egyptian mythology always intrigued me, but I never really got a chance to dive into it. That is one of the reasons why I first picked up these books. Of course, this series is not historical, it is written as a fictive story about the life of Ramses. One question I have is how much of the series is fiction, and how much is based on facts. But all in all, the whole series does provide a good insight in ancient Egyptian lifestyle, thanks to Jacq's detailed writing style. One of the downsides is that he tends to repeat stuff, and some of his passages are very well written with great use of words and eye for detail, while other parts are almost childish. Through the rest of the series Ramses ages and grows, becomes the pharaoh and leads the country of Egypt through both internal and external struggles. Some of these events are in-depth, but some are a bit more hasty and are probably used as filler material. Especially in the last part, Under The Western Acacia, some new "bad guys" pop up just to keep the storyline interesting. Others however are very interesting, such as the biblical figure Moses who has an interesting role, and the struggle with the neighboring Kadesh. Also the backstabbery of Chenar makes an interesting story. In conclusion, I would award the whole series 3,5 stars if I could, but I can't. Therefore I generously rounded it up to 4 stars. The series gives a good look into the world of ancient Egypt, with detailed attention to gods, rituals, the Egyptian lifestyle etcetera. The real storylines are sometimes very interesting, and sometimes filler material. The writing style varies from childish and repetitive to lyrical, detailed and almost poetic. Luckily it goes more towards the latter, and therefore a good score for this series. Anyone who is interested in Egyptian lore should check this series, since it provides great details written in a novel style.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kat Kirkpatrick

    It's been a long time since I've read a book that moved me to tears. In fact, I can't remember the last book that moved me so much. Under The Western Acacia is the last in a five-book series about the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, called "Ramses the Great." I've read reviews elsewhere, all of which complain that the whole series is dry and boring. Most seem to want to blame the translator, but even the best translator cannot make a dull story interesting. This is an extremely interesting s It's been a long time since I've read a book that moved me to tears. In fact, I can't remember the last book that moved me so much. Under The Western Acacia is the last in a five-book series about the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, called "Ramses the Great." I've read reviews elsewhere, all of which complain that the whole series is dry and boring. Most seem to want to blame the translator, but even the best translator cannot make a dull story interesting. This is an extremely interesting story. I couldn't bear to put down any of the five novels in this series, even for a moment. I lost quite a bit of sleep, wanting to finish "just one more chapter," only to realize I still hadn't put the book(s) down three or four chapters later. Author Christian Jacq begins his story when Ramses is just a teen, long before he becomes King. Slowly, inevitably, through the span of all five novels, he has made me love this King...not in the way one would a lover...but in the way one would love a spouse, a sibling, a parent, a child, a best friend...all that and more all rolled into one. For the span of these novels, I *believed* Ramses was a god incarnate, much the same way his subjects would have believed of him. The last few chapters seemed a bit rushed; I wanted them to stretch out more, I wanted more details of how each incident was investigated, how each adventure spun out, how every plot and plan was put together and brought to fruition...but it was obvious that the end of the book was coming up fast, and much like the way we complain that time flies far too quickly as we grow older, this final book flew far too quickly as we approached the ending we all know had to come. And that was what brought my tears. Not that the Pharaoh died...history tells us that he did so, in old age. But that I knew it was coming and I didn't want it to happen. Christian Jacq made me love Pharaoh so much that I wanted him to live forever.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    So, the last in the Ramses series. Since it's based on a historical figure, the ending didn't come as much of a surprise.... I'm not quite sure what to think about this one. It covers Ramses' later life, so although there are things going on, it's somewhat slower than previous books. It didn't help that there wasn't much of my two favourites, Ahsha and Setau, in this one either. On the whole, I do wonder if this could have been combined with the fourth in the series, since, as with that one, the So, the last in the Ramses series. Since it's based on a historical figure, the ending didn't come as much of a surprise.... I'm not quite sure what to think about this one. It covers Ramses' later life, so although there are things going on, it's somewhat slower than previous books. It didn't help that there wasn't much of my two favourites, Ahsha and Setau, in this one either. On the whole, I do wonder if this could have been combined with the fourth in the series, since, as with that one, there are some passages that didn't really seem necessary. Combining the two might have removed some of the filler. On the whole, the series was likeable, though I doubt that I'll ever reread it. I suspect that there were some things "lost in translation," and it was difficult sometimes to work out where fact and fiction should be separated. Clearly M. Jacq knows his subject matter, and I presume that Egyptology is a field he is passionate about—but that passion just really didn't come across in these books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Graham Crawford

    I deserve all the agony I got reading this trash! I am not a best seller person - so the cover label "THE INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER" should have put me off, especially seeing it was written in a font nearly the size of the book title. It was also a pity the version I picked off the library shelf didn't indicate this was book 5 in a series. Nothing in this torrid little bodice ripper inspires me to go back to the earlier books. Some reviewers have commented that the translation doesn't do the autho I deserve all the agony I got reading this trash! I am not a best seller person - so the cover label "THE INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER" should have put me off, especially seeing it was written in a font nearly the size of the book title. It was also a pity the version I picked off the library shelf didn't indicate this was book 5 in a series. Nothing in this torrid little bodice ripper inspires me to go back to the earlier books. Some reviewers have commented that the translation doesn't do the author any favours - But I can't believe the misogynistic treatment of women gets lost in translation. This can't be excused by saying - that's how the Egyptian men treated women back then - Its more than that - it's the tone of a dirty old man or school boy snickering about boobs but too coy to mention the sex directly. Lowest form of trash - but obviously trash sells. YUCK!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    I thought it was a solid ending to the Ramses story the Jacq has been telling through five books. The only unfortunate things about the book is that his writing style in presenting Ramses various challenges in his life did not change. It was as consistant as a history book. After a while it just was not exciting any more. And, even though I knew the history, it was sad to see one after another of his friends and relatives pass on. A good finish to the tale.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dominika Košútová

    Well i wasn't impressed. The ending was quite boring and tedious. wasn't left with a great impression and i'm not even talking about few super annoying characters who i would slap in their face if i was there. The writing was fine but i had trouble believing in what the characters were saying. This is not a memorable book but it is still a good book if you want to dive into Egyptian culture and history.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashwin

    When I read this book for the first time, 10 years back, I wasn't aware that this was the last book in the series - I didn't read preface, nothing - just jumped into first chapter. But, got thoroughly impressed after reading, and Ramses became one of my favorite character. Bought all the books then and read them all - re-reading this again. Have read this many times till now - have started it again now :-) Excited to meet some of my friends - Ahmeni and Seramanna :-) and others

  21. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    Reading this is French...last book in the series. Woohoo!! Done, done....phew done. I am not a big fan of 6 book series, unless it is Anne of Green Gables. I survived. I learned a lot of untrue things about Ramses (his best friend was Moses!?) and some interesting stuff about Egyptology. It was good...but I wouldn't recommend...and I am not sure it was so popular at the Embassy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    The last of five in the series. All five books were well written and told the story of Ramses from birth to death. I think all fiction is based in part on fact. This series spins an enjoyable story around the known facts of a king who lived a few thousand years ago. Reading the tale puts you there like a fly on the wall........mgc

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    I read this book only to complete the series. By this stage the characters remain one dimensional, and descriptions, paragraphs, etc are basically copies of what has gone before. There is some loss in the translation, as occasionally sentences just seem odd or don't make sense, however I only half paid attention throughout the book, as it just seemed like so much filler.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joana Souza

    I loved this entire series. well, i actually love everything about the egypt, but this story was awesome. showed me a different side of the egyptian culture. and what's to say about ramses? greeeeat main character. sad that's over!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I shouldn't compare one author with another like this, but I'd love Christian Jacq's novels so much more if he knew how to embellish and pad his novels like Wilbur Smith and Tad William do. Still an enjoyable story nonetheless.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I absolutely loved this series. A great insight into the world of ancient Egypt and the legendary character of Ramses, brought to life in a believable way whilst still maintaining the magic aura of the Pharoah.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katina stewart

    So easy to read...and sad as it's the end of Ramses life...you know it's coming and yet *sigh*

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Really enjoyed this book, but at the same time felt sad when it ended as it was the final Ramses book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Easy read with consistent blend of historical figures and Egyptian mythology/theology. The series needs an Afterword which at least identifies accepted facts that are part of the story line.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Russell Hall

    And just when I thought the Hyskos were finished...Here they come to wreck the day!

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