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The Seer of Egypt: Volume 2 Of The Kings Man Paperback – Nov 3 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada; Reprint edition (Nov. 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143052942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143052944
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.1 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #240,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

PAULINE GEDGE is the award-winning and bestselling author of thirteen previous novels, ten of which are inspired by Egyptian history. Her first, Child of the Morning, won the Alberta Search-for-a-New-Novelist Competition. In France, her second novel, The Eagle and the Raven, received the Jean Boujassy award from the Société des Gens des Lettres, and The Twelfth Transforming, the second of her Egyptian novels, won the Writers Guild of Alberta Best Novel of the Year Award. Her books have sold more than 250,000 copies in Canada alone; worldwide, they have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into eighteen languages. Pauline Gedge lives in Alberta.

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Is there another writer who can make you feel, hear, taste, and smell ancient Egypt anywhere near as well as Ms. Gedge can? The way she describes the day to day life along the Nile in ancient days is stunning. The story she has woven of the Seer Huy, Son of Hapu is intriguing and I hated putting it down anytime I had to. But now I have finished the first two entries in the trilogy and can only hope that she is hurrying to finish the final book. I haven't been able to find any information on the the third, not even a title for it. Does anyone have any information??
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This is the second in a trilogy, the first being "The Twice Born", which gives you the background on "The Seer".
I would highly recommend that you read it first.
Pauline Gedge will give you a feel for life in Egypt as it was...the religion, the education, the commerce and the politics. This is presented in great detail from the perspective of both the commoner and the wealthy.
Can't wait for her to finish the final installment.
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Absolutely excellent - as always.
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HASH(0xa1fc4294) out of 5 stars Gedge has written other, and better, ancient Egyptian sagas Feb. 1 2009
By S. McGee - Published on
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This sequel to The Twice Born follows Huy, son of Hapu the peasant farmer, as he becomes seer to the Pharoah and becomes caught up in court politics even from the haven of his new estate in Hut-Herib.

While it's interesting to see what happens to characters from the first book -- Thothmoses, Huy's childhood friend and now a nobleman; Ishat, the peasant girl who is his oldest friend; his younger brother, Heby -- and get fresh insights into the world these characters inhabit, the book ends up dragging a lot. The headaches that accompany Huy's efforts to "See" for his fellow citizens and friends are described at exhaustive and exhausting length. Meanwhile, the fantasy scenes -- in which Huy confronts the Egyptian pantheon of gods, from Anubis and Ma'at to Atum -- also feel far too frequent and meldramatic.

Together, the two books in this series weigh in at a ponderous 1,000 pages; based on the conclusion to this volume, I'm betting that Gedge is preparing the third volume in what seems likely to be a trilogy. After spending a few days reading the first two books back-to-back, I can't help wishing that she had decided to focus her narrative more tightly and contain it within a single book, or two, at most. This follow-on volume often spends a lot of time re-hashing (sometimes several times) events in the first book, including the critical attack which left Huy with the ability to see into the future. Ultimately, those repetitions, combined with the long-drawn out scenes or gratuitous incidents that don't contribute to plot or character development, become highly irritating. For the first time, Pauline Gedge has crossed the line between knowing so much about ancient Egypt that it is a boon for readers, to knowing so much that she feels as if she is writing for her own enjoyment rather than that of her readers. Certainly, only a reader with a deep interest in ancient Egyptian religion and the Book of the Dead will enjoy all of these two books.

In contrast, I can highly recommend her other two series. The first, House of Illusions and House of Dreams, (the latter is also published under the title of Lady of the Reeds (The Hera Series), tells the story of Thu, a concubine caught up in political intrigue. The second, a trilogy beginning with The Hippopotamus Marsh: Lord of the Two Lands: Volume I (Lords of the Two Lands, Volume 1), recounts the saga of the reconquest of Egypt by two brothers, who found a new dynasty. Either series is much stronger than this book and its predecessor; both have strong plot lines and characters, and don't try to encompass the whole of Egyptian theology and philosophy.

Alas, in The Seer of Egypt, Gedge's excessive ambition has spoiled what otherwise would have been another great story. I still rate it three stars, but wouldn't recommend it to anyone who wasn't a big fan of the author's. Reading the first book in the series is necessary to understanding the plot, but will also detract from the pleasure of reading this book.
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HASH(0xa1fc4f54) out of 5 stars Another great story April 28 2009
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I have read every book Pauline Gedge has written and she never fails to take me on a fabulous journey to the past. I anxiously await for the next book in this series.
Ms Gedge has made Ancient Egypt so real that one can taste the Leek soup and smell the rich warm earth that is being planted after the floods.
Her descriptions of daily life are very real and she never falls into the bad movie or a Hollywood version of ancient Egypt .. I especially appreciated the areas of food, clothing, and household duties that are so well detailed.
My only criticism is the thoughts of three and four year old children being so advanced in reason. If you love her works, you will love this book.
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HASH(0xa1fc5a44) out of 5 stars The Seer of Egypt July 30 2010
By Anja - Published on
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Being fascinated with ancient Egypt I have read more than several books. Pauline Gedge's book is written and presented beautifully. I have learned a lot and have enjoyed every minute of it as I read. One cannot go wrong with her books and this one no exception.

Huy becaomes fully recognized by all of Egypt, but the One calls him infrequently, but is very generous to him The one time he does presents much guilt and consternation to him. He is still impotent as a Seer, but also tries to minister to the poor. Many things come true and one he is sad about.

Great reading.
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HASH(0xa1fc5f6c) out of 5 stars Continued Story July 1 2013
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Pauline Gedge has taken Egyptian History and woven a very good mystery around it. If you want to experience some of everyday life mixed with intrigue and mysticism this is a book for you. Make sure and read Twice Born first.
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HASH(0xa1fc578c) out of 5 stars Pauline Gedges -Brings you to Ancient Egypt Nov. 30 2012
By Sarah E Benware - Published on
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The continuing saga of the Pharohs of Ancient Egypt will take you there. You will feel the oppressive heat and the rage of battles, the thoughts of the highest authorities of Egypt. All of these Books are authentic; various charactors of course needed to round out the cast of charactors may not have been real, but this is the life and times of this magnificiant Ancient civilization. What a wonderful, exciting, insightful trip thru those years. Thanks again to for their services. You must read The Seer; and all the books related to this time by Ms. Gedges...