I would agree with much that has already been said about this book - and this series. A lot more could have been achieved with the subject matter than has been. Jacq has certainly not decided whether he is writing a fantasy novel or an historical novel, but with the Battle of Kadesh he seems to be veering more towards fantasy. Certainly, in the earlier volumes divine intervention was quite rare, and could readily be explained away on scientific grounds. I presumed Jacq was portraying events as the Egyptians would have considered them. However, with this book the Ramses saga does start to plunge off into the worlds of the fantastic, which those who prefer strict historical fiction may find disconcerting. Having recently read Wilbur Smith's River God, I found the latter a much more convincing portrayal of life in ancient Egypt, albeit set at an earlier period in the kingdom's evolution. One aspect I did like about this book is the way the two societies of Egypt and the Hittite Empire contrast so vividly: the law-abiding, comfort-loving Egyptians field an army of timid, god-fearing soldiers and incompetent generals against the Hittites, a cruel, viciious, and war-like empire with vast territorial ambitions. The Egyptian love of the law and justice is very different from the Hittites' 'survival of the strongest' philosophy. In previous volumes, Egypt's arch-rivals were portrayed as a distant empire, which few Egyptians other than Ahsha and Shaanar (and the Syrian spy Raia) really understood. Now we get a much more in-depth look at the merciless enemy and the internal politics of their harsh nation. In summary, I would still say this series has brought Egypt to life for me, and I've bought a biography of Ramses and the PC city-building game Pharoah as a consequence. It did inspire me to learn more about Egypt. Being a Greek specialist personally, this is something of an accolade.