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The Empire of Darkness (Queen of Freedom Trilogy #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Read Pauline gedge Ree Read Pauline Gedge Instead

    Not enough detail and depth to characters. If you are looking for good trilogy of the hyskos, start with pauline gedge's "hippopotomous marsh"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005


    several uneeded descriptions, over emphasis on the 'power' of the egyptian gods, and an inhuman portrayal of the Hyksos ruin an otherwise good story. the plot is great, but the details are put where they should not be put. i probably won't be reading the other books in this trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2004

    Half of a good story

    This novel tells the story of the ancient Egyptians' struggle to free their land from the Hyksos invaders. The Egyptian characters are very appealing and well-rendered, and the reader quickly learns to care about them and their country languishing under foreign rule. But don't expect any subtlety when it comes to their enemies, the Hyksos. From their Darth Vader-like ruler to the lowliest foot soldier, they are all evil, cruel, lecherous and stupid. There is no attempt to portray a clash of different cultures here, with sympathetic characters on both sides. The good guys are heaven-pure and their foes are the human equivalent of animated feces. Worst of all, we the readers are supposed to weep copious tears when an Egyptian stubs a toe, but are supposed to feel gratified when the Hyksos are burned, pierced, slashed, drowned or otherwise butchered. I enjoyed this book as an adventure story with a light coating of history, but was very disappointed to see that the author had chosen to portray one of the battling civilizations it describes as totally worthless and wicked. Mr. Jacq is apparently very careful about getting his Egyptological facts correct. I just wish he had shown the Egyptians' enemies as something a little more human and a little less like Stormtroopers or Orcs. Read this for fun, but certainly not as a portrayal of any real human culture. Even the Hyksos deserve better.

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