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Egypt is a shadow of its former self. An army of barbarians mounted on horse-drawn chariots has swept through the Empire, destroying everything in its path. Known as the Hyksos, these "leaders from foreign lands" have reduced the country of the pharaohs to slavery. Only the city of Thebes resists, protected by the widow of the last pharaoh, Teti the Small. But Teti knows t Egypt is a shadow of its former self. An army of barbarians mounted on horse-drawn chariots has swept through the Empire, destroying everything in its path. Known as the Hyksos, these "leaders from foreign lands" have reduced the country of the pharaohs to slavery. Only the city of Thebes resists, protected by the widow of the last pharaoh, Teti the Small. But Teti knows that her reign is limited, that it's only a matter of time before her men succumb to the barbarities of the cruel Hyksos. She has an eighteen-year-old daughter, however: Ahhotep. Fierce, beautiful, and courageous, this girl whom history will call "Egypt's Joan of Arc" will never accept defeat. And so she decides to re-ignite the flame of Egyptian resistance. All by herself. Combining historical fact with a vivid imagination, Christian Jacq tells the enthralling true story of this Ancient Egyptian warrior-heroine. Without the courage and passion of Queen Ahhotep, the Valley of the Kings and the glorious treasures of the pharaohs, including Ramses the Great, would never have existed.


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Egypt is a shadow of its former self. An army of barbarians mounted on horse-drawn chariots has swept through the Empire, destroying everything in its path. Known as the Hyksos, these "leaders from foreign lands" have reduced the country of the pharaohs to slavery. Only the city of Thebes resists, protected by the widow of the last pharaoh, Teti the Small. But Teti knows t Egypt is a shadow of its former self. An army of barbarians mounted on horse-drawn chariots has swept through the Empire, destroying everything in its path. Known as the Hyksos, these "leaders from foreign lands" have reduced the country of the pharaohs to slavery. Only the city of Thebes resists, protected by the widow of the last pharaoh, Teti the Small. But Teti knows that her reign is limited, that it's only a matter of time before her men succumb to the barbarities of the cruel Hyksos. She has an eighteen-year-old daughter, however: Ahhotep. Fierce, beautiful, and courageous, this girl whom history will call "Egypt's Joan of Arc" will never accept defeat. And so she decides to re-ignite the flame of Egyptian resistance. All by herself. Combining historical fact with a vivid imagination, Christian Jacq tells the enthralling true story of this Ancient Egyptian warrior-heroine. Without the courage and passion of Queen Ahhotep, the Valley of the Kings and the glorious treasures of the pharaohs, including Ramses the Great, would never have existed.

30 review for The Empire of Darkness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Iset

    It was nice to see this period of Egyptian history being tackled as there are very few historical novels set in this period, but that was just about the only good thing about the entire book. Extremely poor, I hardly know where to begin. This book suffers from the twin demons of exceptionally poor writing and almost total historical inaccuracy. In regards to historical inaccuracy, there are several points. Ahhotep was not the sole child of Teti, but did in fact have two sisters. The idea that the It was nice to see this period of Egyptian history being tackled as there are very few historical novels set in this period, but that was just about the only good thing about the entire book. Extremely poor, I hardly know where to begin. This book suffers from the twin demons of exceptionally poor writing and almost total historical inaccuracy. In regards to historical inaccuracy, there are several points. Ahhotep was not the sole child of Teti, but did in fact have two sisters. The idea that the descendant of pharaohs would have married a peasant, furthermore is completely ridiculous and utterly preposterous, not to mention factually entirely wrong - Seqenenra was in fact Ahhotep's brother, and they had a sibling marriage that was quite common in ancient Egypt. Ahhotep also had at least two daughters, of which Jacq makes absolutely no mention. Thebes is also portrayed as an isolated, crumbling city, ridiculously poorly guarded, an island of freedom against Hyksos Egypt. In fact this is completely untrue. The Hyksos controlled all of Egypt including the Theban nome, which was the thriving centre of the south, and whose governors were descended from pharaohs and eventually raised rebellion. I could go on. The vast historical inaccuracy is matched only by the appalling quality of writing. Description and explanation is extremely poor. It got hugely annoying every time Ahhotep wanted to take a risk, every other character would always tell her that it was impossible and that her whole campaign was doomed to failure, and then she would always do it anyway, and always survive unscathed. It was just the same situation and conversations rehashed over and over and over again. It seems like virtually everyone is a corrupt/traitor/spy/Hyksos sympathiser, which certainly was not the case. Apophis and the ruling regime are cartoon stereotype evil villains, which Jacq painfully hams up so much that they become grotesque, wince-inducing caricatures. Over and over again Jacq interjects scenes of Apophis and his minions engaging in some sort of horrific/unfeeling/depraved/perverse form of blood-letting and/or sexual activity. As if we the readers need to be reminded every five minutes that Apophis and the Hyksos are meant to be pure evil. As if this all weren't enough, all remaining scraps of plausibility and believability were totally destroyed when the characters started using MAGIC. Yes, that's right. In a book that purports to be a historical fiction, closely based on factual events with the gaps filled in by the author's vision of what might have plausibly happened... the book descends into utter fantasy, totally jarring the reader out of the story and the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. Statues of gods start moving and shooting out light, staffs and jugs start displaying powers of good and evil... I'm fine with the appearance of magic in fantasy, or divine powers in myth, but in historical fiction it has no place, where events should at least remain realistic even if certain scenes are conjecture. This is not historical fiction, it's historical fantasy. I would give this book zero stars if I could. If you want to read it, please take it out from the library before deciding whether or not you want to spend money on it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ivana

    Bola som na strednej skole, ked to u nas vychadzalo a bola to dlho moja najoblubenejsia seria od Jacqa a obecne historicka romanova seria, ktoru som citala. Pribeh o prechodnom obdobi, ked Egyptu panovali Hyksosi a kralovska egyptska dcera chcela prinavratit lesk svojmu domu... Inak je to typicke Jacqovo dielo, jeho romany maju vzdy podobnu schemu. Niekolko vernych priatelov, niekolko tazkych nepriatelov, veci medzi nebom a zemou, jeden "prekvapivy" zradca spomedzi vernych a nasledne vitazstvo z Bola som na strednej skole, ked to u nas vychadzalo a bola to dlho moja najoblubenejsia seria od Jacqa a obecne historicka romanova seria, ktoru som citala. Pribeh o prechodnom obdobi, ked Egyptu panovali Hyksosi a kralovska egyptska dcera chcela prinavratit lesk svojmu domu... Inak je to typicke Jacqovo dielo, jeho romany maju vzdy podobnu schemu. Niekolko vernych priatelov, niekolko tazkych nepriatelov, veci medzi nebom a zemou, jeden "prekvapivy" zradca spomedzi vernych a nasledne vitazstvo za cenu istych strat. Ale v spojeni s magiou Egypta a jacqovym zaujmom o vec sa z toho stava nadherny zazitok. Ahotep bola dlhe roky mojou hrdinkou :-)

  3. 5 out of 5

    J. Else

    There are things I really like about this book and things I really do not like. Let’s get the “not like” category out of the way: Jacq acknowledges ancient Egyptian terms for items and places in his book, but he does not use them in the text. He introduces us to the fact that Thebes was called Waset before the story begins, but then he uses Thebes in his narrative. He says the ancient Egyptians thought of crocodiles as fish as a starred notation during the narrative, but then he uses the term ‘r There are things I really like about this book and things I really do not like. Let’s get the “not like” category out of the way: Jacq acknowledges ancient Egyptian terms for items and places in his book, but he does not use them in the text. He introduces us to the fact that Thebes was called Waset before the story begins, but then he uses Thebes in his narrative. He says the ancient Egyptians thought of crocodiles as fish as a starred notation during the narrative, but then he uses the term ‘reptile’ when the character is describing it. I was a little disappointed that he modernized the terms for the reader. It did not feel as authentic as it could have been. Jacq also seems to use terms unknown to an Egyptian of that time period. He relates that someone died of a blood clot. He talks about the evil being a cancer. Both of these conditions were unknown to the ancient society. He uses wonderful illusions in other places, so I was confused why he mixed in so many other modern terms. Depth of emotion, character, and action sequences in the book is lacking. When Ahhotep is revitalized by the sun, it just kind of happens. One minute she’s on death’s door, and the next she is vibrant and healthy. She said it was Apophis who was causing the disease, but this was never fleshed out on his side. I could see how his “magic” would cause him to attempt to reach out to harm the princess, but this was never truly explored. It was a great idea, but it was just told to the reader without much explanation. Along the lines of the above topic, the characters are not very fleshed out. They just kind of are. Not a lot of backstory is given to each character including the princess and why she is so fiercely devoted to free her lands. She’s grown up her whole lives under the boot of the Hyksos, so I would have liked a little more background on her character before being thrust into the rebellion. Seqen, too, I would have liked a little more on him observing and loving the princess from afar. I cannot say it’s a deterrent to the storyline as it flowed rather well, I just would have liked more! Their is little character empathy or even understandable reason for their actions Things I really liked: Some of Jacq’s illusions are lovely to read! The ancient world is beautiful through his character’s eyes. Jacq includes some excellent facts in his story which really enliven the characters and their lives: i.e., details about their beliefs and rituals regarding their gods, how to make bread, the use of weights in the markets, etc. The crafting of the rebellion is done very carefully. There were many sub-plots within the overall plotline, and the execution of the plot was excellent. There are lots of things that I would not have considered in preparing for a rebellion. It surprised me when I was done that the book covered approximately 15 years. While there was not a lot of action, it was still a very compelling story that kept you intrigued. I can understand why Jacq used characteristics to name certain characters (Moustache, Mouse Face, etc.) because the Egyptian names can be quite confusing. There are lots of characters at play too, so I think this decision made sense. I never got confused by the amount of characters and their independent pieces of the story. Jacq is very good at spinning a tale through time. The pace was very good. While it would have been nice to include the year in the chapters, it did not deter from the plot. He has the talent and knowledge to bring the ancient world to life. The ending was powerful. I can’t wait to dive into book two. I think it took me a bit of time to get into Jacq’s writing style, but I did really enjoy the book. My criticisms are not huge enough gripes to make me not want to pick up another of his books, just some things I noticed as an Ancient Egyptian buff myself. Its great to see this period of Egyptian history being tackled as there are very few historical novels set in this period. To bring this princess to life does a service to highlight the roles of women in history. Nefertiti seems a bit of a mouse compared to this lioness queen! Ahhotep was a name I never knew before this book. Her life was a “bit” idealized in the story, I realize, (Ahhotep had two sisters, Seqen was Ahhotep's brother, Ahhotep had at least two daughters), but what an intriguing story it made. To be honest, the entire novel is screenplay in its effort and depth. But as I have a theater background, perhaps that is why I enjoyed it as much as I did!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Historical fiction set in Hyksos Egypt - excellent. And Christian Jacq wrote it - even better. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm I had at the thought of reading this book did not last much past the first 70 pages. It then became a chore to finish as the errors and cliches built. The rituals and religious beliefs are interesting but then Jacq introduces glowing eyes, moving limbs and Ahhotep's "magical" healing by the sun. Wait, when did it become a historical fantasy novel? Then there was the supersti Historical fiction set in Hyksos Egypt - excellent. And Christian Jacq wrote it - even better. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm I had at the thought of reading this book did not last much past the first 70 pages. It then became a chore to finish as the errors and cliches built. The rituals and religious beliefs are interesting but then Jacq introduces glowing eyes, moving limbs and Ahhotep's "magical" healing by the sun. Wait, when did it become a historical fantasy novel? Then there was the superstitions and fear of the 'monsters' in the desert to keep spies away from the soldiers camp while the soldiers - from the same towns and villages - were unafraid. Historically, a general or a high-ranking minister could marry a Pharaoh's daughter and take over the dynasty or form a new one. General Horemheb marrying the daughter of Pharaoh Ay who was King Tut's advisor and eventual successor, for example. It was unreasonable for a daughter of Pharaoh to marry a lowly commoner, a peasant, even a soldier of low rank. Take as a lover, possibly. A husband and father of her children, unlikely. Overall, there were too many characters that were a cliche. Apophis as well his supporters were barbaric, cruel, deprived and focused on crushing the Eqyptian culture and people as harshly and in as brutally a manner as possible. Thankfully, Jacq didn't go in much gory detail. The Theban royal family were all positive - concerned for their people, friendly, clever. On the other hand, the heroine, Ahhotep, doesn't heed anyone but herself and she rushes off to perform whatever action she deems necessary without any consequences. Many characters - mostly the rebels - had descriptive names like Mustache; Plump Cheeks, Afghan which helped keep them clear in the readers mind because there was no other way to keep who was a rebel and who was a collaborator straight. Especially since both masqueraded as the other. There are two more books in the series and I just can't find the interest to continue. It is rare that I read a book and once I get to the end, I want my hours back. But this is certainly one case.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Celtic's Library

    My co-worker recommended this book based on the fact that I love to read, and I enjoy historical fiction. Well, at least this was somewhat historical in that it takes place in ancient Egypt, and there was a Ahhotep. The rest is definitely creative license and not all that accurate at all. I won't get into the historical inaccuracies, but would like to mention that while this book is historical, I would definitely label it as historical fantasy. This book lost all credibility as soon as the chara My co-worker recommended this book based on the fact that I love to read, and I enjoy historical fiction. Well, at least this was somewhat historical in that it takes place in ancient Egypt, and there was a Ahhotep. The rest is definitely creative license and not all that accurate at all. I won't get into the historical inaccuracies, but would like to mention that while this book is historical, I would definitely label it as historical fantasy. This book lost all credibility as soon as the characters started using magic. Do not get me wrong; I really did enjoy this book despite my background with Egyptian history. This was an entertaining story and I felt myself drawn into it from the very first chapter. The world building was extremely sparse, and if you are not familiar with that country's landscaping, then you may be at a loss of visualization. The characters are very two dimensional as well, and no matter what they do, no matter how many people tell Ahhotep that she should not do something, you can guarantee that she will do it anyways. The ease in which she accomplishes her goals in her youth despite warning of all the dangers involved is almost laughable. Do not even get me started on the strange names such as Long Ears (donkey), Mustache (because, well, he has a mustache), and Afghan (because he is from, you guessed it, Afghanistan). While some parts of this book made me cross my eyes, I am looking forward to continuing the series and see what happens to Ahhotep and her family and how the author takes on the rest of her journey and that of her people.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Vallos

    C'etait telement bien ! Tout d'abord l'objet livre est exellent. Des pages douces, une mise en page aerienne. J'aime l'egypte et je suis bien servie avec ce livre ! Des personnages attachant, une histoire bien mené. On a pas l'impression de s'encrouter, il y a un bon tempo et une periode de temp assez grande et agreable. Tout n'arrive pas en 1 mois, ça change. Le contexte est génial, il etait telement bien a lire !

  7. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    I first read this book when it came out, I was barely 10 years old at the time. I was obsessed with reading and Egyptology so I borrowed it from my mom and I basically grew up with this series. I grew up with Ahhotep and she left a very lasting memory in my pre-teen brain which caused me to want to re read the series at the ripe old age of 27. Despite its flaws regarding historical accuracy, which I can only imagine are voluntary given Jacq’s background, it remains a good story. I found the style I first read this book when it came out, I was barely 10 years old at the time. I was obsessed with reading and Egyptology so I borrowed it from my mom and I basically grew up with this series. I grew up with Ahhotep and she left a very lasting memory in my pre-teen brain which caused me to want to re read the series at the ripe old age of 27. Despite its flaws regarding historical accuracy, which I can only imagine are voluntary given Jacq’s background, it remains a good story. I found the style rather heavy-handed at times but I am happy that I chose to re-read the whole series to kick off 2020 the right way. It’s a book I would advise to someone who likes Egypt and who likes stories over style.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Louis

    I enjoyed the history and how the author has made the little knowledge we have of the 17th Century BC into a novel. I did however find the story a little slow and predictable. I likely will read the next book in the series for the historical content.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terri M.

    I have confessed before that I love reading historical fiction about Ancient Egypt. I’m certain that repeated viewing of The Ten Commandments starring a ripped Charleton Heston and a buff Yul Brenner are the cause of this fascination. I am drawn to these types of novels over and over again and years ago I encountered The Stone of Light series by Christian Jacq. He wove wonderful stories and I actively started seeking out his novels about Ancient Egypt which are difficult to find because they are I have confessed before that I love reading historical fiction about Ancient Egypt. I’m certain that repeated viewing of The Ten Commandments starring a ripped Charleton Heston and a buff Yul Brenner are the cause of this fascination. I am drawn to these types of novels over and over again and years ago I encountered The Stone of Light series by Christian Jacq. He wove wonderful stories and I actively started seeking out his novels about Ancient Egypt which are difficult to find because they are in translation. I acquired by first copy of The Empire of Darkness years ago and recall falling in love with the story. I was determined to finish the series, but it took some time to find the other two books in the series. Once I had The War of Crowns and The Flaming Sword the set languished on my shelves. In the past, I have been reluctant to re-read and I knew in order to get through books two and three, I would need a refresher by re-reading book 1. In July, I found out that Fantasy is More Fun and Because Reading were hosting a “Can You Read a Series in a Month?” Challenge and I thought that The Queen of Freedom Trilogy would be the perfect candidate for the Challenge. I couldn’t have been more wrong. What is hard about reading books in translation is that it is hard to determine if the weakness you observe in the novel were in the original text or a due to poor translation to English or due, in this case, to a part of history where little is known about the cast of characters. The entire time I read The Empire of Darkness I felt as though I was just skimming the surface. The characters were one-dimensional caricatures. The tropes in this novel are strong. I did make it through book 1 and in an effort to try and participate in the challenge, I dived right into book 2, The War of Crowns. I didn’t even make it through 50 pages before I started to suspect that perhaps this book was subject to a poor translation instead of being just poorly written in its native language. You see in book one, Sequen (the poor boy) has a faithful pet sidekick, his donkey Long Ears. (Yeah, I know the characters are not well named. One of the rebels known solely as Mustache because well, he has a mustache.). And then on page 12 of The War of the Crowns, the donkey’s name is Way-Finder. There were also some plot elements that didn’t seem to quite match up between book one two. As a result, I dropped book 2 like a hot potato and marked it and book 3 as abandoned on GoodReads. I honestly have no clue what I saw in The Empire of Darkness all those years ago. I can only assume that I have grown in my reading since this initial read through and expect a bit more from my picks than I did in the past. This review was originally posted on Second Run Reviews

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jaslyn

    Egypt is controlled by the Hyksos, who have turned Egyptians into their slaves. Only Ahhotep, her husband Seqen and a few trusted comrades in the city of Thebes are willing to stand against the Hyksos and fight for Egypt's freedom. But the Hyksos are everywhere, will their plight be successful? I admit I have a soft spot for ancient Egypt. The culture, the beliefs, I find it incredibly fascinating, so I was looking forward to reading a story that was based on real people and real events. The book Egypt is controlled by the Hyksos, who have turned Egyptians into their slaves. Only Ahhotep, her husband Seqen and a few trusted comrades in the city of Thebes are willing to stand against the Hyksos and fight for Egypt's freedom. But the Hyksos are everywhere, will their plight be successful? I admit I have a soft spot for ancient Egypt. The culture, the beliefs, I find it incredibly fascinating, so I was looking forward to reading a story that was based on real people and real events. The book had three main points of view, that of the Hyksos, that of Ahhotep and her loyal followers, and that of the rebel gang. The story itself, that was proposed by the synopsis, was a really interesting one and had so much potentially... Unfortunately, the best way to describe this book is that it was written like a dry, boring textbook. It was matter of fact, there was no eloquence, nothing to get the reader excited. Such potential, and just wasted by terrible writing. One thing that didn't gel for me was the use of magic. When that popped up I was a bit like "huh?" because I was reading this like a historical story, based on actual fact, and I didn't think actual fact included magic. I understand that perhaps certain events may have played out a particular way to make the characters believe magic happened, but when we're talking a staff with glowing eyes, or a rod growing hot and burning someone's hand, it didn't quite sit right. That could have entirely been because of the way the book was written, like a textbook. If it had been more eloquent and exciting then magic may well have fit right in. This book is the first book in a series called Queen of Freedom. Honestly, as much as I don't like leaving things unfinished, I don't think I will continue this series. Read more on my blog.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Arielle Masters

    This was an odd book. I thought it was going to be historical fiction for adults, but it was really a YA fantasy/romance with a veneer of historical fiction. Written by "an Egyptologist" and described as a fictionalized account of an actual Egyptian princess, I expected just that. I was looking forward to learning about this princess and about ancient Egyptian culture. I think the author delivered some of that. But every now and then, something was mixed in that was fantasy rather than fictionali This was an odd book. I thought it was going to be historical fiction for adults, but it was really a YA fantasy/romance with a veneer of historical fiction. Written by "an Egyptologist" and described as a fictionalized account of an actual Egyptian princess, I expected just that. I was looking forward to learning about this princess and about ancient Egyptian culture. I think the author delivered some of that. But every now and then, something was mixed in that was fantasy rather than fictionalized history or extrapolation. Magic weapons. A magic vase with things that glowed based on distant events and people. People somehow knowing (or knowing how to do) things they shouldn't have. Pigeons that could deliver messages between cities without apparently having been to one of the cities before. Could have done without quite so many comments (they were vague, not specific, thankfully) about the princess's beauty and amazing body or the semi-lascivious allusions to physical and sexual abuse of teen (and sometimes younger?) sex slaves - those are particularly creepy when about teens and coming from an adult male writer. Wasn't thrilled. Maybe if I'd been a teen and hadn't expected actual historical fiction, I might have enjoyed it more. PS - start date is approximate - I don't remember exactly which day it was.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gaile

    This book is about the time when Egypt was invaded by the Hyksos who reigned for nearly two hundred years before the Egyptians rose up again, regained their power and greatness. During this time, Princes Ahhotep decided to rescue her people. This is the story of their secret efforts to defeat the Hyksos. This book is the first of a series of the Queen Of Freedom trilogy. However Wilbur Smith writes of the same era and I found his titles far more exciting and adventurous than this book. I have not This book is about the time when Egypt was invaded by the Hyksos who reigned for nearly two hundred years before the Egyptians rose up again, regained their power and greatness. During this time, Princes Ahhotep decided to rescue her people. This is the story of their secret efforts to defeat the Hyksos. This book is the first of a series of the Queen Of Freedom trilogy. However Wilbur Smith writes of the same era and I found his titles far more exciting and adventurous than this book. I have not finished Mr. smith's series but I would rather read his than this series which was to me very boring and devoid of much excitement. Certainly the romance in here was very light, did end HEF and left me disappointed. If you wish to read of how Egypt defeated the Hyksos regained her power and created her great civilization, I highly recommend Wilbur Smith's titles!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Edu M.

    The Empire of Darkness tells the true story of Ahotep, a young egyptian princess who lives in an Egypt under the domain of the Hycsos. Every city has surrendered to Apophis, the hycsos emperor, and pays him tributes and worships his gods. All cities but Thebes. The only free city in Egypt is on the verge of dissapearence. Ahotep, a young woman with only ninetten years, decides to make a stand against the invaders and grant Egypt a breath of freedom and safety. Daughter of Teti, Ahotep makes a su The Empire of Darkness tells the true story of Ahotep, a young egyptian princess who lives in an Egypt under the domain of the Hycsos. Every city has surrendered to Apophis, the hycsos emperor, and pays him tributes and worships his gods. All cities but Thebes. The only free city in Egypt is on the verge of dissapearence. Ahotep, a young woman with only ninetten years, decides to make a stand against the invaders and grant Egypt a breath of freedom and safety. Daughter of Teti, Ahotep makes a superb protagonist, and Christian Jacq's way of writing (usually mixing true facts with fantasy and/or fiction) only makes even more likable. The Empire of Darkness is the first of the Queen of Liberty series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ed Trollope

    I bought this trilogy on the grounds it was reputedly by a leading Egyptologist, and hence expected something comparable to Cornwell's well researched writing. Sadly, this was not the case. A significant character is none other than a psychic ninja donkey. The characters are so far beyond stereotype, they belong in a pantomime, the plot is linear and boring, and the historical accuracy is almost nonexistant. The only reason I still have the books is that giving them away might result in some othe I bought this trilogy on the grounds it was reputedly by a leading Egyptologist, and hence expected something comparable to Cornwell's well researched writing. Sadly, this was not the case. A significant character is none other than a psychic ninja donkey. The characters are so far beyond stereotype, they belong in a pantomime, the plot is linear and boring, and the historical accuracy is almost nonexistant. The only reason I still have the books is that giving them away might result in some other poor sod making the mistake of reading them.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angel Serrano

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Egipto, siglo XX a de C. Los Hyksos, pueblo oriental desconocido, han invadido el país y lo dominan con puño de hierro. Sólo Tebas resiste. Aislada, debilitada y con la viuda del faraón derrotada, su hija tomará las armas para liberar su país. Su marido, Segen, liberará Cusae pero morirá traicionado.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Don

    I was very disappointed in this book by Christian Jaq. His Egyptian stories are generally very good, but this one was not worth the effort. At times, the plot appeared to have been written by a child. I'm sure it was intended to be symbolic, but frankly, it didn't work for me. I won't be reading the other two in this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jess ツ

    Plus de 100 pages d'ennui profond avant de voir se dessiner petit à petit, une intrigue ... lecture laborieuse, il me faudra du temps avant d'enchainer sur la suite More than 100 pages of total boredom before a small hint of a story appears... Painful reading, not sure when or if I'll read the sequels

  18. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Puerto

    This was mildly entertaining historical fiction, but it lost me a bit with all the magic used by some of the major characters. It also seemed to be overly simplistic, with little description and one dimensional characters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I don't know if it is the translation or what. But honestly, really? Like ancient cultures had those twirly mustaches? (Okay, there is no mustaches. But I like donkeys, and even I found the this is how you know its the bad guy to be a bit much).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jerome

    After reading the first book of the Osiris Mysteries, I was quite disappointed in this book. Not that it was bad, just too simple.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jacq

    I bought this about 10 years ago because it was about Ancient Egypt and the author's name is Jacq. I finally read it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mie

    This series is about an amazing woman who will fight for what she believes in to whatever end

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zahsca

    really love this author's books.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    It was okay....a little unrealistic but gave background to the Valley of Kings.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Margareth8537

    I'm not so interested now in Egyptian history as a few years ago, but this could revive my interest. Very well written

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mariana

    It was ok.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bettie

    This looks like a series too far.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Azevedo

    Mais uma vez... Adorei!! Excelente investigação ... forma de escrita... realmente o autor escreve de uma forma que fica na memória! :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Isabela Martins

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Vidya

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