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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; New edition edition (April 18 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671010204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671010201
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #842,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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It is always difficult to write a review of a work by Jacq without being repetitive. The author addresses immortal stories of great characters of ancient Egypt with a very similar approach and at the same time an always winning one.
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
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Ramses: Son of the Light
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read indeed!! June 17 2005
By Dennis Lachaud - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love Egyptology, and since I am no stuffy scholar hung up on his specialty, I was able to appreciate and enjoy the book very well, in spite of possible slight historical inaccuracies; after all, it is a novel. It plunges you right into the period, the ambiance, the light even, of the time. I recommend it greatly,even though I usually dislike historical novels. I actually do recommend the whole serie!!
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read May 8 2005
By P. Purcell - Published on
Format: Paperback
If that's really all you're looking for. More avid Egyptologists may find all of this a little too light for their tastes, but 'Son of the Light' has its moments. The description and dialogue is simple and easy to follow; for anyone who is relatively new to ancient Egypt or historic fiction, it's probably a good book to start with.

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.

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