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2.0 out of 5 stars A series of historical novels with neither accuracy nor (much) entertainment, July 28, 2005
This review is from: Ramses: The Son of Light - Volume I (Paperback)
Christian Jacq has brought out a series of five novels detailing the life of Ramses II, one of his role models. The series largely fails as a historical novel series. Firstly, it is inaccurate historically. Yes, this can be OK in many cases, but here it is a deliberate mish-mash of historical figures and chronologies where Ramses II rubs shoulders with Moses, Menelaus, Homer etc etc. (although Moses is the most likely to be an actual contemporary, this still seems like hacking together people and events). As for entertainment value, it is interesting in the way that extremely light writing with implausible plotlines is a quick read as it doesn't require much concentration and doesn't wear you out. However, there is much better writing out there (both literary and "light") - here, I found the dialogue to be especially unreal.

Jacq does mythologise Egypt with the sacred mysteries and magic of the priests being real. He also does a lot to make the whole setting come alive, which is the biggest strength of the series. But this could all be done without the several ridiculous aspects of the books.

In this, the first book, Ramses begins his education from his father Seti who trains him to harness the powers of evil and destruction and to be benevolent to the people. However, Ramses must endure machinations from his jealous brother Shaanar although he is helped by his childhood friends such as Ahmeni who becomes his scribe. We are also introduced to a post-Trojan-war Menelaus and Homer.

A decent series if there's nothing better to read and it will increase your interest in Egypt, but there IS something better to read in terms of almost all the aspects of the series.
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Initial post: May 15, 2010 2:05:42 PM PDT
Ithlilian says:
To me, much of the book seemed like Ramses doing things and going places. Yawn. Ramses went outside. Ramses went to see his woman. Ramses went to the store. Yawn.

Agree.
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