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The empire of darkness (2001)

by Christian Jacq

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Series: Queen of Freedom (1)

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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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Spielmann, AnneÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gott ließ einen starken Wind gegen uns wehen, und plötzlich setzten sich, aus den östlichen Regionen kommend, Eroberer einer unbestimmten Rasse entschlossen gegen unser Land in Marsch und nahmen es mühelos und ohne Gegenwehr gewaltsam in Besitz; sie setzten unsere Herrscher ab und legten die Städte in Schutt und Asche, zerstörten erbarmungslos die Tempel der Götter und waren  äußerst grausam gegen das Volk; sie metzelten die Männer nieder und führten die Frauen und Kinder  als ihre Sklaven hinweg.  Text des berühmten ägyptischen Priestersund Geschichtsschreibers Manetho (3. Jahrhundert v. Chr.) über die Invasion der Hyksos, zitiert in Flavius Josephus, Contra Apionem.
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Ich widme dieses Buch all jenen, die ihr Leben der Freiheit und dem Kampf gegen Besatzungen, totalitäre Regime und Inquisitionen aller Art geweiht haben.
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Ahotep sah die letzte Wache, die gerade am Haupteingang des Palasts vorbeiging.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743476875, Paperback)

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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