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Historical fiction meets mythology as ancient Egypt comes alive in this monumental epic with over 2 million copies sold around the world. At fourteen, Ramses, the second son of the Pharaoh Seth, must begin to pass a series of royal tests designed to build his mental and physical prowess-or break him. Is Seth planning to leave the world's most powerful empire to Ramses, and Historical fiction meets mythology as ancient Egypt comes alive in this monumental epic with over 2 million copies sold around the world. At fourteen, Ramses, the second son of the Pharaoh Seth, must begin to pass a series of royal tests designed to build his mental and physical prowess-or break him. Is Seth planning to leave the world's most powerful empire to Ramses, and not his corrupt brother, Shaanar? Before he knows it, the younger prince is surrounded by enemies and turning to his friends: Moses, the brilliant young Hebrew; Setau, the snake charmer and mage; Ahmeni; the frail scholar; and Set and Nefertari, the two beautiful women Ramses loves. And so begins the journey of the hero the world has yet to know... Let the saga begin. The first in Christian Jacque's bestselling Ramses series, recounting the thrilling story of Ramses, the legendary king who ruled Egypt for more than 60 years. Ramses sets into motion a tapestry of royal intrigue, treacherous plots, and romantic adventures that will keep readers spellbound and hungry for more.


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Historical fiction meets mythology as ancient Egypt comes alive in this monumental epic with over 2 million copies sold around the world. At fourteen, Ramses, the second son of the Pharaoh Seth, must begin to pass a series of royal tests designed to build his mental and physical prowess-or break him. Is Seth planning to leave the world's most powerful empire to Ramses, and Historical fiction meets mythology as ancient Egypt comes alive in this monumental epic with over 2 million copies sold around the world. At fourteen, Ramses, the second son of the Pharaoh Seth, must begin to pass a series of royal tests designed to build his mental and physical prowess-or break him. Is Seth planning to leave the world's most powerful empire to Ramses, and not his corrupt brother, Shaanar? Before he knows it, the younger prince is surrounded by enemies and turning to his friends: Moses, the brilliant young Hebrew; Setau, the snake charmer and mage; Ahmeni; the frail scholar; and Set and Nefertari, the two beautiful women Ramses loves. And so begins the journey of the hero the world has yet to know... Let the saga begin. The first in Christian Jacque's bestselling Ramses series, recounting the thrilling story of Ramses, the legendary king who ruled Egypt for more than 60 years. Ramses sets into motion a tapestry of royal intrigue, treacherous plots, and romantic adventures that will keep readers spellbound and hungry for more.

30 review for Ramses: The Son of Light

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Le Fils de la Lumière = The Son of The Light (Ramses #1) , Christian Jacq The Ramses Series, The story of the greatest Pharaoh in history. The Son of Light (1995) The Temple of a Million Years Formerly published as The Eternal Temple (1995) The Battle of Kadesh (1996) The Lady of Abu Simbel (1996) Under the Western Acacia (1997) Each volume encompasses one aspect of Ramses's known historical life, woven into a fictional tapestry of the ancient world for an epic tale of love, life and deceit. تاریخ نخست Le Fils de la Lumière = The Son of The Light (Ramses #1) , Christian Jacq The Ramses Series, The story of the greatest Pharaoh in history. The Son of Light (1995) The Temple of a Million Years Formerly published as The Eternal Temple (1995) The Battle of Kadesh (1996) The Lady of Abu Simbel (1996) Under the Western Acacia (1997) Each volume encompasses one aspect of Ramses's known historical life, woven into a fictional tapestry of the ancient world for an epic tale of love, life and deceit. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سی ام ماه آگوست سال 2010 میلادی عنوان: رامسس کتاب اول: ادامه سینو‌هه؛ نویسنده: کریستیان ژاک؛ محمد شرفی؛ مشهد: سخن گستر؛ تهران: دبیر‏‫، 1388؛ در 768 ص؛ شابک: 9789644774522؛ عنوان روی جلد: رامسس پسر نور؛ موضوع: رام‍س‍س‌دوم، فرعون مصر، 1292 تا سال 1225 پیش از میلاد‬ ‬از نویسندگان فرانسوی - سده 20 م عنوان کتاب دوم: معبدی برای یک میلیون سال؛ عنوان کتاب سوم: نبرد قادش؛ عنوان کتاب چهارم: بانوی ابوسمبل؛ عنوان کتاب پنجم: زیر اقاقیای مغربی؛ نقل از متن پیش درآمد: «ژان فرانسوا شامپولیون که درهای مصر را با خواندن خط هیروگلیف به روی جهانیان گشود، رامسس دوم را «فاتح بزرگ و شاه خورشید و نگهبان حقیقت» خوانده است. نام رامسس سده ها را در نوردیده، و زمان را به زانو درآورده است؛ این فرعون به تنهایی تجسّم قدرت و عظمت مصر فراعنه است، که مادر معنوی تمدنهای غربی است. رامسس «پسر نو » از سال 1279 تا 1212 پیش از میلاد مدت شصت و هفت سال سلطنت کردند، و مصر را به اوج شکوه و افتخار رساندند و خرد و حکمت مصریان را تابان نمودند. مسافری که به خاک مصر گام مینهد، در هر گام با رامسس روبرو میشود؛ مگر نه آنکه نشان او بر شمار فراوانی از یادمانها که در زمان سلطنت او بنا یا مرمت شده اند، دیده میشود؟ کسیکه از مصر بازدید کرده است، نمیتواند دو معبد «ابوسمبل» را که رامسس و نفرتاری، شهبانوی بزرگ، بر آنها فرمانروایی میکنند، تالار ستوندار معبد کرنک یا تندیس غول پیکر معبد الاقصر را از یاد ببرد. رامسس، قهرمان یک رمان نیست، قهرمان چند رمان است، قهرمان حماسه ای واقعی است. این حماسه از آشنایی او با رموز کشورداری تحت هدایت پدرش، ستی، که به قدر خود او در تاریخ اهمیت دارد، آغاز میشود و تا مرگ رامسس ادامه مییابد. طیّ این مدت آزمونهای فراوانی را از سر میگذراند. به همین دلیل است که این سلسله رمانهای دنباله دار را که از پنج جلد تشکیل شده است، به او اختصاص داده ام تا بتوانم ابعاد خارق العاده سرنوشتی را ترسیم کنم که قهرمانان فراموش نشدنی بسیار، چون ستی و همسرش، تویه، نفرتاری، ایزت زیبا، همر شاعر، ستائوی مارافسا، موسای عبرانی و بسیاری دیگر، که این اوراق به آنها جان میبخشد، در آن سهیم هستند. مومیایی رامسس باقی است. از خطوط چهره این مرد بزرگ قدرت فوق العاده ای متصاعد میشود. بسیاری از دیدارکنندگان از تالار مومیایی موزه قاهره این احساس را دارند که او روزی بیدار خواهد شد. چیزی که مرگ جسمانی از رامسس دریغ میکند، جادوی رمان میتواند به او ببخشد. به مدد تخیل و مصرشناسی میتوانیم در دلهره ها و امیدهای رامسس سهیم شویم، و شاهد شکستها و موفقیتهایش باشیم، زنانی را که به آنان عشق ورزیده است، بشناسیم، از خیانتهایی که به او شده است دل افسرده و از دوستیهای زوال ناپذیرش خرسند شویم، با نیروهای شرّ مبارزه کنیم و به جستجوی نوری برآییم که همه چیز از آن پدید میآید و همه چیز به سوی آن باز میگردد. از نخستین نبرد او با ورزای وحشی تا سایه آرامش بخش اقاقیای غرب، این سرنوشت فرعونی بزرگ است که در پیوند با سرنوشت مصر، سرزمین محبوب خدایان به نمایش درمیآید. سرزمین آب و آفتاب، که در آن واژه های درستی، عدالت و زیبایی معنا دارند و در زندگی روزمره تبلور مییابند. سرزمینی که در آن این جهان و آن جهان در تماس دائم هستند، زندگی ممکن است از مرگ زاده شود، حضور ناپیدا در آن محسوس است، عشق به زندگی و نیروهای لایزال قلب آدمیان را وسعت میبخشد و مسرور میکند. در حقیقت این مصر رامسس است که ما در این پنج مجلد آن را میشناسیم و دنبال میکنیم.»؛ پایان نقل. ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    This is one of the worst books I've ever read. People eating croissants and calling on the police in ancient Egypt is bad enough, but the black and white portrayal of the characters and the stilted writing (though that may have been bad translation, I dunno) killed the book completely.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Galateea

    I was in middle school when i bought this book and read it in the same day. In fact, i read the entire collection that day from early morning to late evening, 12 hours of nonstop reading and i didn't regret one second of it. It was a miracle that they translated it into Romanian, because honestly speaking, i don't get on well with French and French doesn't get on well with me.I haven't reread this book since then, but to my 12-13 year old brain, this book (and the others from the Ramses Series) I was in middle school when i bought this book and read it in the same day. In fact, i read the entire collection that day from early morning to late evening, 12 hours of nonstop reading and i didn't regret one second of it. It was a miracle that they translated it into Romanian, because honestly speaking, i don't get on well with French and French doesn't get on well with me.I haven't reread this book since then, but to my 12-13 year old brain, this book (and the others from the Ramses Series) was a masterpiece. OK, i do admit of having a weak spot for any type of book which focuses on Egypt, but Ramses the Great has been a favorite of mine since the beginning. The characters were well constructed and had a certain magic of their own, the plot kept me with my eyes nearly glued to the paper until i was sure the ink would probably remain stamped on my eyeballs, the details, the world construction and the amount of research into that period made me gain a very big dose of respect for this author and this book. I was dead tired, but kept on reading and sometimes rereading several pages that i liked most. I loved the characters, lived the story along with them, experienced their emotions and made me, as a reader feel completely engrossed in it. In my opinion, this is one of the essential requirements for a well written book. And this series didn't fail me in this aspect. True, it probably won't make me feel exactly the same, now after all these years, if i pick it up again and start rereading it since i have read a looot more and broadened my horizons, but this don't change that i absolutely adored everything about these books. I laughed with the characters, i cried with them and otherwise experienced everything in those hours while i read the books. They might not seem so epic to other people, but to me, they have been the reason i later on picked up every book i spotted or managed to put my hand on and read it with the same zeal and devotion. All in all, the Ramses series is a must on my list and on my bookshelves. Definably unforgettable after all this years.I know a lot of people won't share my enthusiasm and love for these books, but it's one person's point of view; i for one adore anything Egyptian and i do admit my review might have been slightly - or more so - influenced by this. But it is still a big favorite and i recommend it to anybody who shares my passion for Egypt and the times of old.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natasa

    Don't' expect to learn much about the life of Ramesses II from this book. it is full of historical speculations and mostly historically inaccurate.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Although this book isn't as half awful as its sequels, it's still pretty damn awful. Maybe the author isn't to blame; it could be just a case of poor translation into English which explains its flat prose and cringingly bad dialogue. If not, I'm amazed at how Jacq is able to get these books published. His history's pretty much on the money - I won't deny I learned quite a lot about Ancient Egypt just from reading these novels, but in that case maybe the guy (a respected Egyptologist, I later fou Although this book isn't as half awful as its sequels, it's still pretty damn awful. Maybe the author isn't to blame; it could be just a case of poor translation into English which explains its flat prose and cringingly bad dialogue. If not, I'm amazed at how Jacq is able to get these books published. His history's pretty much on the money - I won't deny I learned quite a lot about Ancient Egypt just from reading these novels, but in that case maybe the guy (a respected Egyptologist, I later found out) should just stick to a non-fiction about the life of Pharaoh Ramesses the Great. I'm sure it would have made for equally enjoyable reading. A lot of the scenes lack the emotional depth that should come with writing; Jacq seems to think describing religious rituals and stocktaking what was in a genuine ancient Egyptian granary makes up for the virtually non-existent sense of life in the time of Pharaoh Seti. A lot of the characters are two-dimensional and never get the chance to develop at all through the story. With maybe the exception of Iset the Fair, I couldn't develop any sense of empathy with any of the characters. That's probably the main problem for me with this book. I noticed later in the series that conflicts (a lot of them nothing more than cartoonish villains plotting away for 60% of the books) became circular and extremely repetitive. I'm looking back on this series in retrospect, but when you compare works like this to Jacq's other novels it's not difficult to see he keeps rehashing them same material over and over. I give this book 2 stars, partly because I adore Ancient Egypt whatever the quality of writing and also because the novel makes for very light, almost unconscious reading for those days when you need to pass a few hours in the backseat of a car.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bettie

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Gokce ~Muslin Myst~

    I read this series in turkish when I was in high school and I remember it blew my mind. Not only because I'm an Egypt fan but also it was written quite beautifully. It was extremely engaging and I remember I couldn't put it down until the whole series was over, and there were five books if I remember correctly- it was a long time ago, am I getting old? I always felt like I could read this seres over and over again, except perhaps for the final book which was the most heartbreaking. It took me lo I read this series in turkish when I was in high school and I remember it blew my mind. Not only because I'm an Egypt fan but also it was written quite beautifully. It was extremely engaging and I remember I couldn't put it down until the whole series was over, and there were five books if I remember correctly- it was a long time ago, am I getting old? I always felt like I could read this seres over and over again, except perhaps for the final book which was the most heartbreaking. It took me longer to finish that one than the rest of the books in the series but it was completely worth it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Graham

    A few mixed feelings about this book, the first in a five-part series chronicling the life of one of the great Egyptian Pharaohs. For starters, it's an exceptionally easy read. It's been translated from the French in a very simplistic style (even more so than the translations of Valerio Massimo Manfredi) which makes flying through the pages pretty effortless. Unfortunately, this simple style is also the book's downfall. It's an extremely straightforward and rather shallow novel, occupied with tel A few mixed feelings about this book, the first in a five-part series chronicling the life of one of the great Egyptian Pharaohs. For starters, it's an exceptionally easy read. It's been translated from the French in a very simplistic style (even more so than the translations of Valerio Massimo Manfredi) which makes flying through the pages pretty effortless. Unfortunately, this simple style is also the book's downfall. It's an extremely straightforward and rather shallow novel, occupied with telling rather than showing. A group of half-a-dozen characters interact in various ways and so the story plods on, without changing in pace or tone at any point in the story. There's no action, no tension, just endless here-and-now moments in the lives of those involved. On the plus side, the book does bring to life the Egyptian era. I loved Jacq's simple, uncluttered descriptions of life in this age and there's a real wealth of detail waiting to be discovered here. The characters, although fairly transparent, are also interesting to read about - Ahmeni, the loyal scribe, Moses, the man with strange ideas, Iset the Fair and the sinister, scheming Shanaar. Ramses himself is a quite engaging chap, too. Historical accuracy isn't always important here - Homer appears in the story, even though he lived approximately 400 years after the events described here. It's more of a 'what if?' scenario I guess, either that or the dates were more sketchy in the twenty years since this book was researched. So, I was left with an odd mix of feelings after this. I felt really let down by the ending, which just abruptly cuts off without tying up any of the plot threads (many of which have been building up since the book's opening!), forcing you to go on to the next book to find out what happens. A cliffhanger I could understand, but this isn't that - just a cleaver's chop, as if the five books were written in one whole narrative and then randomly separated. The text is enjoyable enough to read, and I liked the descriptions and the elements of Egyptian society I learnt about. There's some treachery and conspiracy stuff going on in the background, which also kept me reading, even if it is over-egged. But the book is far from a great - there are too many flaws here for that.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I can't even begin to remember where I heard about this book but boy am I glad that I did. I was entranced by this novel which is about Ramses before he became king of Egypt. It begins with the first time that Ramses meets his father, the Pharoah of Egypt and Ramses is fourteen years old. From then on Ramses is never sure if his father is training him to be the next Pharoah or whether his destiny might lie as something other than king. The book continues on with the struggles that Ramses faces a I can't even begin to remember where I heard about this book but boy am I glad that I did. I was entranced by this novel which is about Ramses before he became king of Egypt. It begins with the first time that Ramses meets his father, the Pharoah of Egypt and Ramses is fourteen years old. From then on Ramses is never sure if his father is training him to be the next Pharoah or whether his destiny might lie as something other than king. The book continues on with the struggles that Ramses faces as well as the triumphs. Because not everyone wants Ramses to come to power including Ramses' older brother who plans on being Pharoah himself. I loved this book! I was transported into Ancient Egypt with this novel and I was entralled. The writing was gorgeous and I was marking passages to share left and right. The best part of the book though was that the author captured my interest and I was caught up within the story. There were times that I just couldn't put the book down. Ramses was a strong and likeable character but realistic at the same time. He wasn't without his flaws and as the reader I wanted to see him overcome his enemies and become the future Pharoah. I'm really looking forward to the 2nd book in this series! Here is a little teaser to share a taste of this wonderful novel: "A courageous man goes to the limit of his strength. A king goes beyond it. If that is not in you, you are not meant to rule and we will never see each other again. No test should daunt you. Leave, if you wish; otherwise, capture the bull." All in all, this was a wonderful novel that I highly recommend to anyone that enjoys historical fiction.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenks

    A little slow. I am unsure if I will bother ordering the next instalment in the series . I feel I should to see if the pace picks up given the developments in the first novel. I , and maybe this is unfair to compare, but anything mystery / ancient Egypt related I always compare authors to Paul Doherty as my ‘standard’ as I love his novels so much and couldn’t put the amertoke series down. And I just cannot seem to find any that live up to his way of creating such a beautiful air of ancient myste A little slow. I am unsure if I will bother ordering the next instalment in the series . I feel I should to see if the pace picks up given the developments in the first novel. I , and maybe this is unfair to compare, but anything mystery / ancient Egypt related I always compare authors to Paul Doherty as my ‘standard’ as I love his novels so much and couldn’t put the amertoke series down. And I just cannot seem to find any that live up to his way of creating such a beautiful air of ancient mystery. I felt Jacq writing was so slow in this book, I felt I was re reading paragraphs where it sounded repetitive. Perhaps it’s just this series ? Has anyone else found this or are there recommendations from his novels that you would say are ‘faster paced’ ?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    A fantastic book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Calle

    Great historical fiction will make you feel like you were there in history. Though you know the author used his imagination and artistic licence, you can believe this may be what happened and this may be how the historical characters felt. But this illusion will only work if the author can estblish some connection to this historical time and place and the historical characters that feels authentic, and this is where "Ramses: Son of Light" fails. I was eager to read a novel about the rise of Rams Great historical fiction will make you feel like you were there in history. Though you know the author used his imagination and artistic licence, you can believe this may be what happened and this may be how the historical characters felt. But this illusion will only work if the author can estblish some connection to this historical time and place and the historical characters that feels authentic, and this is where "Ramses: Son of Light" fails. I was eager to read a novel about the rise of Ramses II. What I got was a story about a young prince, Ramses, who is perfect in everything he does (except diplomacy, and may or may not have superpowers; this novel borders on fantasy at times). He also has an older brother, Chenar, who is fat and power-hungry. Of course, Chenar is the oldest son of the pharaoh, so he should be next in line to the throne, but for the sake of the plot he feels so threatened by his younger brother he can't stop scheming to get rid of him. So the whole book deals with this sibling rivalry and palace intrigue that, as far as I can tell, is entirely the product of the author's imagination. The author also introduces mythological characters like Helen of Troy and her husband, king Menelaus of Sparta, for reasons that I guess will be developed in the sequel. I knew there were sequels but I was disappointed that even the main plot wasn't resolved before the end of this first book. I guess if the book had been entirely fictional, all with made up characters, the book might have been OK (though still far from great), but because it's marketed as a novel about Ramses (and written by an egyptologist), I felt cheated.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Josephine (Jo)

    28th June 20011. I loved this book. I am unable to resist anything Egyptian and Christian Jacq is one of the best authors I have read in this particular genre. He takes the facts that we know to be true from discoveries about the ancient Egyptian race. He blends historical fact, with what we belive to be the way ordinary people of the time lived and then adds his wonderful imagination to fill in any gaps. He weaves a story of the great Seti and his relationship with his family and how he prepared 28th June 20011. I loved this book. I am unable to resist anything Egyptian and Christian Jacq is one of the best authors I have read in this particular genre. He takes the facts that we know to be true from discoveries about the ancient Egyptian race. He blends historical fact, with what we belive to be the way ordinary people of the time lived and then adds his wonderful imagination to fill in any gaps. He weaves a story of the great Seti and his relationship with his family and how he prepared his son Ramses to take over the role of pharaoh upon his own demise. It is the padding that he puts in that makes the story so readable, whilst absorbing historical fact one is drawn into the private lives of thse people from so long ago and you start to realise that they had just the same problems as people of the present day, jealousy, greed, love, hate. Great read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anne Hawn Smith

    This was an excellent story of the great Pharaoh, Ramses II. While it is clearly fiction, most of the action is consistent with what is known about him. It probably presents him as a more sympathetic ruler than he was, but captures his boldness and shrewd management of Egypt. The action is told from the point of view of Ramses, his older brother who was passed over in favor of him, and his 4 friends from school, including the Biblical Moses. In this case, however, Moses was not raised in the pala This was an excellent story of the great Pharaoh, Ramses II. While it is clearly fiction, most of the action is consistent with what is known about him. It probably presents him as a more sympathetic ruler than he was, but captures his boldness and shrewd management of Egypt. The action is told from the point of view of Ramses, his older brother who was passed over in favor of him, and his 4 friends from school, including the Biblical Moses. In this case, however, Moses was not raised in the palace as another Prince of Egypt. The book is in multiple volumes, so there is space enough to get to know the characters and to cover a lot of the known actions of the the Pharaoh.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Harrison

    This book, which I devoured as a teen, still defines the genre of Ancient Egyptian historical fiction in a lot of ways. But on reread as an adult, it's let down by a few things for me. For one, the writing can be fairly tired - dialogue is often too expositional, and the character development is often quite cheap and unearned. For another, the blatant ahistorical shoehorning and anachronisms stick out - when it comes to writing the Iliad into the story, or a police investigation with warrants an This book, which I devoured as a teen, still defines the genre of Ancient Egyptian historical fiction in a lot of ways. But on reread as an adult, it's let down by a few things for me. For one, the writing can be fairly tired - dialogue is often too expositional, and the character development is often quite cheap and unearned. For another, the blatant ahistorical shoehorning and anachronisms stick out - when it comes to writing the Iliad into the story, or a police investigation with warrants and legal courts that are completely from the author's time and not the story's, the reader's willing suspension of disbelief is broken.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I read about seven chapters into this book and just couldn't force it upon myself any longer. It looked promising, but the plot is--for lack of a better word--cheesy and the dialogue is just plain terrible. It was also poorly researched. Bottom line: bad writing, IMO. Perhaps this author should be writing for a younger audience rather than adults. Take out the sexual content and it could be easily marketed toward the 12+ age group.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kisholi

    This was horrible. Admittedly, I read the English translation (maybe the original in French is better? obviously I will never know) and the language was so juvenile that I couldn't finish it (even Harry Potter was more mature than this!). As if that wasn't bad enough, the characters were blatantly one-dimensional and the plot (if you can call it that) cheesy and predictable. Overall, useless drivel.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Kay Silva

    I have not read anything so poorly written in a long time. The subject matter itself should have redeemed this book, but it was so terribly worded. Any book about this time period that features the words "Touche" and "Cheif of Police" just needs a complete re edit. The characters were flat and terrible. The book was simply drivel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I really tried to like this book, but after 120 pages, I put it down and I have no desire to read anymore. There really just isn't any substance, it's very thin. Maybe it's the translation but I just couldn't get into it. Life is too short to read books you don't like.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    This series is beyond awful, I don't even know where to begin! The style, the characters, the plot are all so simplistic it reads like a children's book, albeit a very bad children's book. Maybe some of that is due to the translation? I don't know.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anna Bergmark

    Fascinating time and place, but characters as flat as pancakes. You're either good, bad or beautiful, take your pick. Leaves you with a taste of cardboard.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    I love historical novels for the way they can bring me to another world, and teach me endless things, habits, cultures, details of the past. I love to be immersed in details, smells, sounds. It wasn't at all the case for this book. There is no description of pretty much anything. There is no immersion in another age, no details, no smells, nothing that shows me what this world is like. The characters are simply fit, muscles, tanned, beautiful, hot, deep dark eyes. The paragraphs are so short and I love historical novels for the way they can bring me to another world, and teach me endless things, habits, cultures, details of the past. I love to be immersed in details, smells, sounds. It wasn't at all the case for this book. There is no description of pretty much anything. There is no immersion in another age, no details, no smells, nothing that shows me what this world is like. The characters are simply fit, muscles, tanned, beautiful, hot, deep dark eyes. The paragraphs are so short and jump from one set to another, it feels an easy and quick read, but shallow. I love to go deep into characters' psychology and being, which I didn't get here. There is only the brother who was more interesting, but he's a douche so you kind of hate him, but at the same time he's the only "real" complex character. I picked up this book hoping to learn about this amazing historical period, but I got really nothing from it. You'll find no history, cultural facts, deep characters development in this book. I was expecting much more from the author. Disappointed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Alley

    Christian Jacq rarely disappoints with his Egyptian novels but, unfortunately, this series was not to his usual standard. While he has put the same amount of dedicated historical research into the novel he misses the mark a little on some of the more speculative areas. The life of Ramses is fascinating and Jacq certainly manages to get that across but his speculations regarding Moses were, in my opinion, a little off the mark and not really supported by current Christian/Egyptian scholarship. Fo Christian Jacq rarely disappoints with his Egyptian novels but, unfortunately, this series was not to his usual standard. While he has put the same amount of dedicated historical research into the novel he misses the mark a little on some of the more speculative areas. The life of Ramses is fascinating and Jacq certainly manages to get that across but his speculations regarding Moses were, in my opinion, a little off the mark and not really supported by current Christian/Egyptian scholarship. For me personally I found that it detracted somewhat from the overall storyline but otherwise it's an excellent read. If you're not bothered [as I am:] by a little historical inaccuracy then I would recommend this series. If you like your history, Christian or otherwise, to be more accurately rendered then I'd skip this one and try one of Jacq's other offerings.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    An interresting beginning to a series about Ramses II of Egypt. I was surprised to find that I quite liked it, even though I was really captured by it. The writing is a little minimalistic and cropped for my taste, which made it hard for me to really enjoy the story, but else it was good and peaked my interest. I won't venture a remark about the historical accuracy since this era is out of my general knowledge. I did, however, find it a little annoying that King Menelaus and Queen Helen of Spart An interresting beginning to a series about Ramses II of Egypt. I was surprised to find that I quite liked it, even though I was really captured by it. The writing is a little minimalistic and cropped for my taste, which made it hard for me to really enjoy the story, but else it was good and peaked my interest. I won't venture a remark about the historical accuracy since this era is out of my general knowledge. I did, however, find it a little annoying that King Menelaus and Queen Helen of Sparta and the poet Homer had so great roles in this book. It didn't seem quite right to me...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    While the story included a few mystical aspects, which I generally prefer not to have, it did a great job of establishing a version of how Ramses II came to the throne. The characters came across as a bit 2-D and not fully fleshed out but the atmosphere of the country and era were well done. Some more obscure versions of events have been used, which make the story a bit curious but I thought it was a great start to Ramses life. I can see why the author finds this Pharaoh a good subject to write a While the story included a few mystical aspects, which I generally prefer not to have, it did a great job of establishing a version of how Ramses II came to the throne. The characters came across as a bit 2-D and not fully fleshed out but the atmosphere of the country and era were well done. Some more obscure versions of events have been used, which make the story a bit curious but I thought it was a great start to Ramses life. I can see why the author finds this Pharaoh a good subject to write about.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    A bestseller in Europe in the 90's, the writing may have suffered in translation. Very simple style which makes it very easy to read but lacks the weight of a well-written novel. This first in the series follows Ramses from about age 14 to 18, when his father (Seti) dies. As in royal courts everywhere it seems, the behind the scenes machinations abound, most perpetuated by Ramses' older brother Shaanar in his attempt to ensure his own claim to the throne. Lots of familiar characters if you read A bestseller in Europe in the 90's, the writing may have suffered in translation. Very simple style which makes it very easy to read but lacks the weight of a well-written novel. This first in the series follows Ramses from about age 14 to 18, when his father (Seti) dies. As in royal courts everywhere it seems, the behind the scenes machinations abound, most perpetuated by Ramses' older brother Shaanar in his attempt to ensure his own claim to the throne. Lots of familiar characters if you read this era of Egyptian history populate the pages.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Iret1

    I could tell a man wrote these books. Overall I enjoyed the stories and the historical setting but it took me awhile to get through the books just due to the lack of feeling more emotionally attached to the characters. I read these after Michelle Moran's books, which I was able to connect to her characters and enjoyed her story telling more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dominika Košútová

    Oh finally, this took me forever, i guess not every book of 150 pages can be read in one day, well you learn from day to day but when something is boring you will avoid it as much as you can. Now finally i can delete this from my kindle and move on . Not that i hate it. I just wasn't interested in the story at all. Wow and 4 more books in front of me ....hmmm next year maybe.

  29. 4 out of 5

    julianne

    It's been a long time since I last read this and I can't help but wonder why I left it so long. A beautifully translated delve into ancient Egypt. Highly recommend.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    This a great series. I read them when they were first published. I remember that I could not wait to get to the bookshop when the next one came out.

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