Ramses: Vol. 1: Son of the Light Paperback – Apr 18 1998
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About the Author
Born in Paris in 1947, Christian Jacq is one of the world's leading Egyptologists. He is the author of many novels on Ancient Egypt, including the bestselling RAMSES series and THE MYSTERIES OF OSIRIS series. His novels have sold more than 27 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 30 languages. Christian Jacq lives in Switzerland.
Top Customer Reviews
This novel, the first in a series of five, tells us about the adolescence of young Ramses II, perhaps the most famous Egyptian pharaoh, skilfully blending historical facts and mythological characters, both generally well known to the reader, with the fiction created by him.
Using a language worthy of the protagonist of his work, he combines various topics, such as court intrigue, love, religion, action, suspense and magic, which, as always, is described as something real, in the same way it was felt in the Egyptian civilization, where it was one with religion and science.
The result is a work in which the reader is so completely at ease, so it is hardly surprising that this is one of the biggest bestsellers of the 90s, which was able to take more people to the knowledge and study of ancient Egypt.
And this is only the first chapter in a long story.
Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
Great book! I would recommend this series to any of my friends and the convience of ordering for anyone not near a good bookstore.
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Historical inaccuracies can be found here and there, but action is plentiful and the pace is fast. I'll admit I found it difficult putting this down! It's gripping, but lacks any essense of the ancient civilisation. Characters are flimsy and the villians are very two-dimensional, the kind of baddies you'd find in a fairytale. The only characters that stood out to me were Seti and Iset, but it was only just so. This first book of the Ramses series is good, but the sequels just don't live up to it at all. Dialogue and descriptions become weaker. It doesn't take very much for you to find the repetition in situations annoying and mediocre.
A good read, overall, and in some parts a little bit average. Don't expect to learn anything about ancient Egyptian culture in it; this book should simply be read for the sake of enjoyment.