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Really bad historical novel series; poorly written & researched
on 11 December 2008
When I picked this series up and read Mr Jacq's credentials I really expected a lot. Instead these are the worst BY FAR ancient Egyptian historical novels I've ever read, and I've read many. They are totally historically inaccurate...they toss together Moses, Homer, & Helen of Troy, all in the same era for no real reason...the writing is awful (maybe thats the translation?)
As I did read the first several, I know that the story goes on and has Ramses, who famously lived to over 90, (in an age when 40 or so was the average life span) and during those years sired approximately 100 children, & even outlived his eldest children-- for reasons unknown to me the author decided as a really MAJOR point in the story to have Ramses be monogamous, in love with only his wife, and father only 3 children-- and ADOPT the rest!!...this is a pharaoh of Egypt who would have had, as all pharaohs did, a huge harem with women from all nations in it,& starting from his early teens (see non-ficion books for this information) been sexually active and in Ramses case, very prolific. I can only assume the author felt uncomfortable with idea of harems and multiple wives and concubines? Why? This was their culture, they didn't live in ours!
It is just ridiculous all the way through, and I found the writing flat as well-- I had to finally stop after hoping it would improve.
Known facts about the life of Ramses (see Joyce Tyldesley's biography of Ramses, or others for more information) are out of context, completely twisted, put in the wrong context, and just plain wrong.
If you want some good Egyptian historical novels, read ANYTHING by Pauline Gedge or Paul Doherty's trilogy about Akhenaten/ Tutankamun. Seriously, if you are interested in ancient Egypt please don't waste time and money on these!!!!!