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Posted March 1, 2012
Not enough detail and depth to characters. If you are looking for good trilogy of the hyskos, start with pauline gedge's "hippopotomous marsh"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 7, 2011
I have read previous series written by Christian Jacq. I have enjoyed them alot! This new trilogy lives up to the last two. He has a background in egyptology and uses is knowledge to write his books. If you enjoy historical fiction and ancient Eygpt, you will enjoy this author's books. :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2008
I like the topic of this book but I found myself craving more detail so that I could picture it for myself and feel like I was there. I don't think that the characters were developed very well either, you don't get a lot of inner thoughts or monologues of the characters, except from maybe the Hyskos leader and his evil minion. They like to 'share' how much pleasure they get from torturing the Egyptians. For example, when Seqen tells Ahhotep that he loves her he just blurts it out with no warning at all. The reader has no idea of what he or Ahhotep are feeling or thinking about each other up to that point. Another example is when Ahhotep meets Titi. She doesn't know who he is or if she can trust him but immediately tells him who she is and what her plans are, seems to me that if times were that dangerous she would at least 'test the waters' a little. I would also have liked to know what was going through her mind at the time. During the same exchange there could have been more details also. Titi asks Ahhotep to describe the Palace so that he knows she is who she says she is. Instead of describing the Palace in detail, the author just says Ahhotep described the Palace to Titi. I would like to know what it took to chase the Hyskos out of Egypt but I don't know if it's worth the price of the next book in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2008
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Posted August 14, 2011
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