HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Pharaoh: A Novel of Ancient Egypt by Wilbur…
Loading...

Pharaoh: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

by Wilbur Smith

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
804150,606 (3.77)1

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 1 mention

Showing 4 of 4
Easy read but superficial and silly plot. Not one of Wilbur Smith's better works. ( )
  wcarter | Jan 17, 2017 |
I am a huge Wilbur Smith fan and buy all his books because I sometimes really enjoy an adventurous romp through time. His ancient Egypt novels are exactly that and Pharaoh follows in this gendre. Pharaoh is told in first person by Taita who is half human and half divine and a characher constant in the Egypt story.We also meet Rameses and Serrena who is to become Cleopatra.They are all larger than life.
Even thought I really enjoyed "Pharaoh", I still prefer Wilbur Smith's Africa series. ( )
  Smits | Jan 12, 2017 |
Pharoah, the sixth entry in author Wilbur Smith’s Ancient Egypt historical fiction series, opens with Luxor under siege. Pharoah Tamose is mortally wounded and ex-slave Taita is now general of Egypt’s army. When he is victorious against all odds, he returns to the city as a hero but the new Pharoah, who calls himself Utteric Turo the Great sees him as a threat and declares him a traitor. Taita is imprisoned but Utteric’s brother Ramases, who is also a potential threat, manages to free Taita and the two escape to Sparta where there are both allies and family. Ramases falls in love with Serrena, daughter of King Hurotas at first sight and the feeling is reciprocated. A marriage is planned but, before it can take place, she is kidnapped by one of Utteric’s men. Soon both sides are preparing for war.

This is the first book I have read by Smith in years but I didn’t find my lack of background particularly troubling here. I did find the dialogue at times stilted and the characters somewhat one-dimensional – the good guys are very very good and the bad guys, well, they’re awful. The story is narrated by Taita and, for the most part, it was fine except for his tendency to constantly boast about his skills, his prowess, his popularity, in short, pretty much everything about himself – think ancient Egyptian boastful rap lyrics.

Despite this, however, I enjoyed Pharaoh quite a bit. There’s plenty of action and what is lost to the dialogue is recovered by Smith’s descriptions of both ancient Egypt and Greece. There’s war, betrayal, torture, escapes by chariot, swordfights, a bit of magic and divinity in the shape of a couple of Greek gods and their offspring, and a bit of romance. Overall, an entertaining read. ( )
  lostinalibrary | Nov 25, 2016 |
Really enjoyable fast-paced romp, albeit one that plays fast and loose with Egyptian history. This is the 6th in Smith's fantasy series revolving around Taita, the long-lived adviser to a succession of Pharoahs. In this book, Taita finally sees off the Hyksos menace, but then finds himself exiled when the new Pharaoh turns out to be a capricious tyrant. Taita is forced to seek out old friends in the nascent kingdom of Sparta in order to return the throne of Egypt to the rightful heir. Smith has long since abandoned any attempt to stick to actual history and now presents a full fantasy novel loosely based around the ancient Mediterranean and with a spattering of well-known Egyptian names (Ramsses, Cleopatra) thrown in for a bit of verisimilitude. Historical purism aside, this is an entertaining read, very fast-paced and deftly handled by a masterful writer. Not going to tax your brain, but very good light reading. ( )
  drmaf | Oct 9, 2016 |
Showing 4 of 4
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062276484, Hardcover)

An epic historical adventure set in Ancient Egypt from the New York Times bestselling legend Stephen King has called the "best historical novelist."

One of the world’s bestselling authors, Wilbur Smith returns to Ancient Egypt in a breathtaking epic that conjures the magic, mystery, romance, and bloody intrigue of a fascinating lost world. Taita, the Pharaoh’s advisor and hero of Desert God and River God, once again finds himself caught up in a whirlpool of ruthless intrigue that threatens the very foundations of the beloved empire he has pledged his life to protect. Plunged into dangerous and deadly waters more treacherous than the Nile, he must use his intelligence, alchemy, and cunning to protect his Pharaoh and keep safe all he loves.

Filled with danger, passion, and a thrilling battle for power, Pharaoh will leave fans of George R. R. Martin, Bernard Cornwell, and Dan Brown rejoicing.

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:57:20 -0400)

Taita, the Pharaoh's advisor and hero of Desert God and River God, once again finds himself caught up in a whirlpool of ruthless intrigue that threatens the very foundations of the beloved empire he has pledged his life to protect. Plunged into dangerous and deadly waters more treacherous than the Nile, he must use his intelligence, alchemy, and cunning to protect his Pharaoh and keep safe all he loves.… (more)

» see all 4 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
2 wanted

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.77)
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3 3
3.5 6
4 3
4.5 1
5 2

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 119,726,026 books! | Top bar: Always visible