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on 10 June 2007
This is an unusual but brilliant novel, which takes a little known part of Egypt's history and brings it vividly to life, through the eyes of one of Egypt's ancient gods. The style is humerous and witty, the author's knowledge of the period astounding, and his recreation of the Ptolemies, the dynasty which was later to produce Ceasar's Cleopatra, is spellbinding.

The reviewer on this website who said he found the books boring was perhaps looking for the blood and guts war epics which historical novels often prove to be; this book is different, in the style of 'I Claudius,' and it achieves the rare achievement of keeping its audience both excited and amused and informed all at once.

I for one have already started reading the second in the series, which is equally enjoyable, and look forward to the third and fourth.
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on 20 April 2004
After "Clopton Hercules" and "Our Lady of the Potatoes", each of whichbristle with such vivid descriptions of time and place, where theatmosphere of each scene can be smelled through the force of Sprottslimpid writing, this book comes as absolutely no disappointment.
It isa brilliant gritty portrayal of the first three generations of the Ptolemydynasty in Egypt after the division of Alexander's empire.
And once again it is Sprott's highly individual descriptive power thattransforms what might have been a mere history into a story in which thefamily's ambitions and barbarous proclivities lead to doom and disaster.Viewed through the eyes of the complaint Egyptians we find ourselvesasking why they should behave like that. And yet, reading today'snewspapers, the answer becomes all too clear.
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on 13 November 2010
A thoroughly enjoyable and fast moving read which brings to life historical characters of ancient Egypt. This book tells of the founding of the Ptolemaic Line, the Greek line to which Cleopatra belonged. Have already read book 2 - Daughter of the Crocodile - in the series and am eagerly awaiting Book 3 in the Ptolemies Quartet.
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on 10 February 2005
I bought this book after reading other historical novels about Alexander the Great and was looking forward to reading a similar story about what happened to one of his generals after his death. Unfortunateley this book is extremely disappointing. It is narrated in a very strange style (by an Egyptian god) and cant seem to decide whether it is an interesting novel about the life of Ptolemy and his family or just a straight historical account of the facts. As a result it turns out to be neither and for the most part is extremely dull. If you want to read a series of historical novels then Manfredi's Alexander trilogy and the Emperor series by Conn Iggulden are far superior. I notice this is book one of a quartet but a quick look on the Amazon does not reveal any further books in the series. Hopefully Sprott doesnt waste his time writing them as I certainly wouldn't by another one.
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