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The empire of darkness by Christian Jacq

The empire of darkness (2001)

by Christian Jacq

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Written by an Egyptologist this book has great historical details mixed with the fictional aspects. Some of the story wandered into the fantasy realm, but even these aspects lent a sense of presence to the book. The fantasy-like details focused on the belief system of the Egyptians and incorporated workings with the deities they worshiped which I find interesting. Looking forward to reading the others in the series if I can find them. ( )
  CozyLover | Jan 3, 2012 |
A book that proposes to fictionalize some portions of Egyptian history. With a fascination in that history, I was drawn to this book. The novelization disappointed me, as the text did not draw me in as I might hope. The characters feel hollow, as if they had no history, no backstory. While think the book held a lot of possibles, it missed on many cases ( )
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Christian Jacq, author of the international triumphs Ramses and The Stone of Light, brings the people and passions of ancient Egypt to life in an enthralling epic novel in three volumes.

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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17th century BC. Egypt is a shadow of its former self. An army of barbarians has swept through the Empire, destroying everything in its path. The invaders have reduced the land of the pharaohs to slavery.

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