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Mirage: A Novel of Ancient Egypt Hardcover – 1 Nov 1991


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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books (1 Nov. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749900741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749900748
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,864,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gilly8 on 7 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Khaemwaset, son of Ramses the Great, is known as the first Egyptologist because he tried to salvage older tombs damaged by tomb robbers, and discover who was buried there. He was also the Governor of Memphis, High Priest of Ptah, a physician, scholar and magician (which went along with physician and scholar). At one point he was the Crown Prince as well. According to ancient legend he searched all his life for the Scroll of Thoth, which would lead to power over the afterworld and probably eternal life, and the legend tells he found it, but as in any great story, having found it it destroyed all he loved most in life. Pauline Gedge, the best historical fiction writer on the subject of ancient Egypt, recreates this tragic story in her own way, and again makes this era of time come to seem real and relevant to us. Of all her books it seems the most magical and does touch on the occult, but makes it feel as true as the rest of the tale and, to be true to the story of Khaemwaset it had to be so. His legend and stories about him, the great magician and son of Egypt's greatest Pharoah, lived on for centuries after his death.

Book also released as "The Scroll of Saqqara."
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I cannot recommended this book highly enough, it slowly weaves and unravels a stunning magical tale of love, lust and life in ancient Egypt that is totally absorbing, finally exploding in the last 150 pages into a furious page turner that I just could not put down. It is actually loosely based on a real ancient Egyptian Prince and the myths that developed after his death in Roman/Greco times. Just simply one of the best books I have read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Mirage (aka The Scroll of Saqqara) by Pauline Gedge 27 July 2000
By Marlene at Skullduggery Emporium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The central protaganist in this story is Prince Khaemwaset, an egyptian prince of royal blood, son of Ramses II, physician, sem-priest and magician. Although he is in line for the royal throne, he has no political ambitions, and even though he is his father's favourite, the overriding desire in his life is to locate the Scroll of Thoth, which is said to grant immortal life. With the help of his son, Hori, he excavates ancient Egyptian tombs, but is always dissappointed until the day he finds an unlooted, but mysterious tomb. Unintentionally he unleashes the dark magic residing in this tomb, and sets in motion forces that will haunt him and his family, and show him how high is the price of arrogance, pride and the pursuit of all knowledge. As always, Pauline Gedge, brings to life the daily life of ancient Egypt, from lowliest servant, to scribe to royal princes. This story is no exception, however I found that the story sagged midway, and the climatic ending was anti-climatic, and could have been reached sooner. The story could have used a little more twists in the middle.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Published as "Scroll of Saqqara" in Canada 7 July 2000
By Standing In Motion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Though not as strong as most of her novels, Mirage is nonetheless interesting and a good read. This novel parallels very closely the ancient Egyptian story of Setna Khamuas. The main character in Mirage is prince Khaemwaset, who is historically a son of Ramses II and was regarded by the Egyptians as a great practitioner of magic. He is considered by modern scholars to be perhaps the first archaeologist and restorer of ancient antiquities. In the course of his restoration projects, Khaemwaset discovers an ancient unmarked tomb. Upon breaking the seals and entering, he discovers that this tomb is unlike any that he has ever before seen. Something dark resides here. Although the evidence confirms that this tomb has never before been opened, the lids of the two sarcophagi are askew and reveal the occupants... an ancient prince and his wife are entombed here. Sewn to the hand of the prince is a scroll. Khaemwaset removes the scroll with the intent to copy it for posterity, return it to the owner, and reseal the tomb. This is an ancient scroll which contains a magical spell. Not realizing the contents, Khaemwaset reads the scroll and sets in motion a magic of the darkest kind. This is a tale of greed, lust, and the consequences they entail. It is an ancient story which Ms. Gedge details in vivid prose. The fruits of darkness can be sweet indeed, but their aftertaste is acidic and deadly.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful book, well written based on fact and legend 16 April 2007
By gilly8 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Khaemwaset, son of Ramses the Great, is known as the first Egyptianologist because he tried to salvage older tombs damaged by tomb robbers, and discover who was buried there. He was also the Governor of Memphis, High Priest of Ptah, a physician, scholar and magician (which went along with physician and scholar). At one point he was the Crown Prince as well. According to ancient legend he searched all his life for the Scroll of Thoth, which would lead to power over the afterworld and probably eternal life, and the legend tells he found it, but as in any great story, having found it it destroyed all he loved most in life. Pauline Gedge, the best historical fiction writer of ancient Egypt, recreates this tragic story in her own way, and again makes this era of time come to seem real and relevant to us. Of all her books it seems the most magical and does touch on the occult, but makes it feel as true as the rest of the tale and, to be true to the story of Khaemwaset it had to be so. His legend and stories about him, the great magician and son of Egypt's greatest Pharoah, lived on for centuries after his death.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Haunting tale of 19th Dynasty Egypt 12 Jun. 2001
By Katherine Mann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read this book years ago, and was recently reminded of it when I came upon a transcription of the original Ancient Egyptian story on which it was based. (See Standing in Motion's reference above.)
Gedge is able to evoke an easily believable Egypt - one can almost feel the sun on your face, and smell the Great River. All of her novels are meticulously researched and the reader is drawn into authentic history through the medium of story.
I sincerely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fiction based in Ancient Egypt, or in fact, to anyone who is looking for something absorbing and out of the ordinary. You don't need to know anything about Ancient Egypt to feel completely at home.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
GREAT READ! 21 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Let Pauline Gedge take you by the hand and lead you back into ancient egypt. A richly detailed novel of egypt: Breathe the scented air of the pharaohs palaces and walk through the sandswept streets of this great civilization. For a stunningly fast novel that will keep you mesmerized this is a great read. The ending will blow you away. Highly recomended!
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