Paneb the Ardent (Stone of Light Series #3)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Corrupt officials, vengeful Libyans, assassination attempts, threats of civil war and the contemplated separation of North and South American history? Not here. Welcome to the colorful, ancient world of Upper Egypt as depicted by Egyptologist Jacq in his second series to cover the sandy region, after his five-volume Ramses project. In this third installment in a projected four-volume set, he focuses on the strife between Seti II and his son Amenmessu as each sets himself up as pharaoh. Painted against a backdrop of power struggles, women who poison the water supply out of boredom, hot desert sex, herbal medicine and superstition, Jacq's tale involves a little-known art society: the Brotherhood, made up of craftsmen of the Place of Truth, who create the magnificent tombs of the pharaohs in the sacred Valley of the Kings. It is their mission to guard the precious Stone of Light, the invaluable tool that enables them to fashion items of incomparable beauty. There is a traitor in their midst, however. Will this traitor discover the hiding place of the Stone of Light, and will he somehow threaten all of the good work of the most superior craftsman of all, the eponymous Paneb? Readers of Jacq's previous series as well as those who are familiar with the earlier two in this one will undoubtedly find satisfaction in this offering. However, there is an important murder left unresolved at the end, which works fine as a cliffhanger for loyal readers, but not for those picking this up as a stand-alone item. (Mar. 13) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Although this is volume III in the series, it stands by itself. Those readers familiar with the characters will be comfortable and immediately captivated by the Place of Truth and its inhabitants. To those new to the series, it may take a bit longer to get the gist of who is important and what is going on inside the village. We follow the characters as they weather the challenges of their pharaoh, Seti. He and his son both claim the title of pharaoh. General Mehy and his diabolical wife are up to their usual tricks and the traitor in the village continues his quest. Again at the end we face the death of a crucial character. And as with any good serial, we are left wondering what will happen to the craftsmen and how will they survive. Jacq continues his story with enough twists and turns to hold the reader's interest. He also provides much insight and information into ancient Egypt, its customs and culture. (The Stone of Light, Vol. 3) KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Pocket Books, 392p. 24cm., $16.00. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Robin S. Holab-Abelman; White Plains, NY , July 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743403481
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 2/27/2001
  • Series: Stone of Light Series, #3
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,291,981
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003


    This series just builds in suspense and interest. One bonds with the heros, but be prepared to have your heart wrenched. Can't wait to read the next book. Based on how gripping the first two books were, I waited until I went on vacation to start reading because I thought it would be very hard to stop once started. It was. Sure would be nice to actually be a person like the Wise Woman or Nefer the Silent :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2001

    Number One On My Shelf!

    'Paneb the Ardent' in the stone of light series would have to be the best out of them all, i could not put it down, i even read it again, and again!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fascinating ancient historical fiction series

    A secret community of artisans and their families living in the mythical Place of Truth design and build the royal tombs of the pharaohs. Life and death meet here to create special artistic designs that eventually become the resting-places of Egypt¿s rulers. The magical Stone of Light can turn anything into gold and make matter translucent. It is place of harmony, but one member of the community has allied himself with the group¿s enemy, General Mehy. <P>This traitor and the General plot to steal the Stone of Light and destroy the village. With Seth II about to be ordained pharaoh unless his own son¿s challenge defeats him, the timing is perfect to devastate the Place of Truth. General Mehy plays father against son planning to become the first Egyptian ruler in many years to rule without the Place of Truth on his side in victory. <P>The third volume in this fascinating ancient historical fiction series brings back all the key characters we either root for or against from the previous epic tales. Christian Jacq provides his usual visual and colorful story that makes an ancient civilization seem alive. Readers see a political intrigue thriller wrapped inside the golden age of Egypt and that leaves the audience appreciating an author who enhances a powerful plot with interesting details of a once thriving culture. <P>Harriet Klausner

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