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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, well written based on fact and legend, 7 Sep 2007
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gilly8 "gilly8" (Mars, the hotspot of the U.S.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mirage: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (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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5.0 out of 5 stars MAGICAL!i cannot recommended this book highly enough, 13 Jun 2014
This review is from: Mirage: A Novel (Hardcover)
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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