The Empire Of Darkness PDF ✓ The Empire eBook

The Empire Of Darkness[Read] ➳ The Empire Of Darkness Author Christian Jacq – Varanus.us Egypt th century BC An army of barbarians has swept through the Empire, destroying everything in its path Known as the Hyksos, the leaders from foreign lands , the invaders have reduced the land of th Egypt th century BC An army of barbarians has swept through the Empire, destroying everything in its path Known as the Hyksos, the leaders from foreign lands , the invaders have reduced the land of the pharaohs to slavery Only one city resists Thebes, where the widow of the last pharaoh, Teti the Small, still reigns Teti knows it s only a matter of time before her men, too, succumb But Teti has a daughter Fierce, beautiful and courageous, eighteen The Empire eBook ñ year old Ahhotep will never accept defeat And so she decides to re ignite the flame of Egyptian resistance all by herself.

The Empire Of Darkness PDF ✓ The Empire  eBook
  • Paperback
  • The Empire Of Darkness
  • Christian Jacq
  • English
  • 08 April 2019
  • 0743449568

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  1. says:

    It was nice to see this period of Egyptian history being tackled as there are very few historical novels set in this period, but that was just about the only good thing about the entire book.Extremely poor, I hardly know where to begin This book suffers from the twin demons of exceptionally poor writing and almost total historical inaccuracy In regards to historical inaccuracy, there are several points Ahhotep was not the sole child of Teti, but did in fact have two sisters The idea that the It was nice to see this period of Egyptian history being tackled as there are very few historical novels set in this period, but that was just about the only good thing about the entire book.Extremely poor, I hardly know where to begin This book suffers from the twin demons of exceptionally poor writing and almost total historical inaccuracy In regards to historical inaccuracy, there are several points Ahhotep was not the sole child of Teti, but did in fact have two sisters The idea that the descendant of pharaohs would have married a peasant, further is completely ridiculous and utterly preposterous, not to mention factually entirely wrong Seqenenra was in fact Ahhotep s brother, and they had a sibling marriage that was quite common in ancient Egypt Ahhotep also had at least two daughters, of which Jacq makes absolutely no mention Thebes is also portrayed as an isolated, crumbling city, ridiculously poorly guarded, an island of freedom against Hyksos Egypt In fact this is completely untrue The Hyksos controlled all of Egypt including the Theban nome, which was the thriving centre of the south, and whose governors were descended from pharaohs and eventually raised rebellion I could go on.The vast historical inaccuracy is matched only by the appalling quality of writing Description and explanation is extremely poor It got hugely annoying every time Ahhotep wanted to take a risk, every other character would always tell her that it was impossible and that her whole campaign was doomed to failure, and then she would always do it anyway, and always survive unscathed It was just the same situation and conversations rehashed over and over and over again It seems like virtually everyone is a corrupt traitor spy Hyksos sympathiser, which certainly was not the case Apophis and the ruling regime are cartoon stereotype evil villains, which Jacq painfully hams up so much that they become grotesque, wince inducing caricatures Over and over again Jacq interjects scenes of Apophis and his minions engaging in some sort of horrific unfeeling depraved perverse form of blood letting and or sexual activity As if we the readers need to be reminded every five minutes that Apophis and the Hyksos are meant to be pure evil.As if this all weren t enough, all remaining scraps of plausibility and believability were totally destroyed when the characters started using MAGIC Yes, that s right In a book that purports to be a historical fiction, closely based on factual events with the gaps filled in by the author s vision of what might have plausibly happened the book descends into utter fantasy, totally jarring the reader out of the story and the most ridiculous thing I have ever read Statues of gods start moving and shooting out light, staffs and jugs start displaying powers of good and evil I m fine with the appearance of magic in fantasy, or divine powers in myth, but in historical fiction it has no place, where events should at least remain realistic even if certain scenes are conjecture This is not historical fiction, it s historical fantasy.I would give this book zero stars if I could If you want to read it, please take it out from the library before deciding whether or not you want to spend money on it


  2. says:

    Bola som na strednej skole, ked to u nas vychadzalo a bola to dlho moja najoblubenejsia seria od Jacqa a obecne historicka romanova seria, ktoru som citala Pribeh o prechodnom obdobi, ked Egyptu panovali Hyksosi a kralovska egyptska dcera chcela prinavratit lesk svojmu domu Inak je to typicke Jacqovo dielo, jeho romany maju vzdy podobnu schemu Niekolko vernych priatelov, niekolko tazkych nepriatelov, veci medzi nebom a zemou, jeden prekvapivy zradca spomedzi vernych a nasledne vitazstvo z Bola som na strednej skole, ked to u nas vychadzalo a bola to dlho moja najoblubenejsia seria od Jacqa a obecne historicka romanova seria, ktoru som citala Pribeh o prechodnom obdobi, ked Egyptu panovali Hyksosi a kralovska egyptska dcera chcela prinavratit lesk svojmu domu Inak je to typicke Jacqovo dielo, jeho romany maju vzdy podobnu schemu Niekolko vernych priatelov, niekolko tazkych nepriatelov, veci medzi nebom a zemou, jeden prekvapivy zradca spomedzi vernych a nasledne vitazstvo za cenu istych strat Ale v spojeni s magiou Egypta a jacqovym zaujmom o vec sa z toho stava nadherny zazitok Ahotep bola dlhe roky mojou hrdinkou


  3. says:

    Historical fiction set in Hyksos Egypt excellent And Christian Jacq wrote it even better.Unfortunately, the enthusiasm I had at the thought of reading this book did not last much past the first 70 pages It then became a chore to finish as the errors and cliches built.The rituals and religious beliefs are interesting but then Jacq introduces glowing eyes, moving limbs and Ahhotep s magical healing by the sun Wait, when did it become a historical fantasy novel Then there was the supersti Historical fiction set in Hyksos Egypt excellent And Christian Jacq wrote it even better.Unfortunately, the enthusiasm I had at the thought of reading this book did not last much past the first 70 pages It then became a chore to finish as the errors and cliches built.The rituals and religious beliefs are interesting but then Jacq introduces glowing eyes, moving limbs and Ahhotep s magical healing by the sun Wait, when did it become a historical fantasy novel Then there was the superstitions and fear of the monsters in the desert to keep spies away from the soldiers camp while the soldiers from the same towns and villages were unafraid Historically, a general or a high ranking minister could marry a Pharaoh s daughter and take over the dynasty or form a new one General Horemheb marrying the daughter of Pharaoh Ay who was King Tut s advisor and eventual successor, for example It was unreasonable for a daughter of Pharaoh to marry a lowly commoner, a peasant, even a soldier of low rank Take as a lover, possibly A husband and father of her children, unlikely.Overall, there were too many characters that were a cliche Apophis as well his supporters were barbaric, cruel, deprived and focused on crushing the Eqyptian culture and people as harshly and in as brutally a manner as possible Thankfully, Jacq didn t go in much gory detail.The Theban royal family were all positive concerned for their people, friendly, clever On the other hand, the heroine, Ahhotep, doesn t heed anyone but herself and she rushes off to perform whatever action she deems necessary without any consequences.Many characters mostly the rebels had descriptive names like Mustache Plump Cheeks, Afghan which helped keep them clear in the readers mind because there was no other way to keep who was a rebel and who was a collaborator straight Especially since both masqueraded as the other.There are twobooks in the series and I just can t find the interest to continue It is rare that I read a book and once I get to the end, I want my hours back But this is certainly one case


  4. says:

    C etait telement bien Tout d abord l objet livre est exellent Des pages douces, une mise en page aerienne J aime l egypte et je suis bien servie avec ce livre Des personnages attachant, une histoire bien men On a pas l impression de s encrouter, il y a un bon tempo et une periode de temp assez grande et agreable Tout n arrive pas en 1 mois, a change Le contexte est g nial, il etait telement bien a lire


  5. says:

    My co worker recommended this book based on the fact that I love to read, and I enjoy historical fiction Well, at least this was somewhat historical in that it takes place in ancient Egypt, and there was a Ahhotep The rest is definitely creative license and not all that accurate at all I won t get into the historical inaccuracies, but would like to mention that while this book is historical, I would definitely label it as historical fantasy This book lost all credibility as soon as the chara My co worker recommended this book based on the fact that I love to read, and I enjoy historical fiction Well, at least this was somewhat historical in that it takes place in ancient Egypt, and there was a Ahhotep The rest is definitely creative license and not all that accurate at all I won t get into the historical inaccuracies, but would like to mention that while this book is historical, I would definitely label it as historical fantasy This book lost all credibility as soon as the characters started using magic Do not get me wrong I really did enjoy this book despite my background with Egyptian history This was an entertaining story and I felt myself drawn into it from the very first chapter The world building was extremely sparse, and if you are not familiar with that country s landscaping, then you may be at a loss of visualization The characters are very two dimensional as well, and no matter what they do, no matter how many people tell Ahhotep that she should not do something, you can guarantee that she will do it anyways The ease in which she accomplishes her goals in her youth despite warning of all the dangers involved is almost laughable Do not even get me started on the strange names such as Long Ears donkey , Mustache because, well, he has a mustache , and Afghan because he is from, you guessed it, Afghanistan While some parts of this book made me cross my eyes, I am looking forward to continuing the series and see what happens to Ahhotep and her family and how the author takes on the rest of her journey and that of her people


  6. says:

    I first read this book when it came out, I was barely 10 years old at the time I was obsessed with reading and Egyptology so I borrowed it from my mom and I basically grew up with this series.I grew up with Ahhotep and she left a very lasting memory in my pre teen brain which caused me to want to re read the series at the ripe old age of 27 Despite its flaws regarding historical accuracy, which I can only imagine are voluntary given Jacq s background, it remains a good story I found the style I first read this book when it came out, I was barely 10 years old at the time I was obsessed with reading and Egyptology so I borrowed it from my mom and I basically grew up with this series.I grew up with Ahhotep and she left a very lasting memory in my pre teen brain which caused me to want to re read the series at the ripe old age of 27 Despite its flaws regarding historical accuracy, which I can only imagine are voluntary given Jacq s background, it remains a good story I found the style rather heavy handed at times but I am happy that I chose to re read the whole series to kick off 2020 the right way It s a book I would advise to someone who likes Egypt and who likes stories over style


  7. says:

    I enjoyed the history and how the author has made the little knowledge we have of the 17th Century BC into a novel I did however find the story a little slow and predictable.I likely will read the next book in the series for the historical content.


  8. says:

    There are things I really like about this book and things I really do not like Let s get the not like category out of the way Jacq acknowledges ancient Egyptian terms for items and places in his book, but he does not use them in the text He introduces us to the fact that Thebes was called Waset before the story begins, but then he uses Thebes in his narrative He says the ancient Egyptians thought of crocodiles as fish as a starred notation during the narrative, but then he uses the term r There are things I really like about this book and things I really do not like Let s get the not like category out of the way Jacq acknowledges ancient Egyptian terms for items and places in his book, but he does not use them in the text He introduces us to the fact that Thebes was called Waset before the story begins, but then he uses Thebes in his narrative He says the ancient Egyptians thought of crocodiles as fish as a starred notation during the narrative, but then he uses the term reptile when the character is describing it I was a little disappointed that he modernized the terms for the reader It did not feel as authentic as it could have been.Jacq also seems to use terms unknown to an Egyptian of that time period He relates that someone died of a blood clot He talks about the evil being a cancer Both of these conditions were unknown to the ancient society He uses wonderful illusions in other places, so I was confused why he mixed in so many other modern terms Depth of emotion, character, and action sequences in the book is lacking When Ahhotep is revitalized by the sun, it just kind of happens One minute she s on death s door, and the next she is vibrant and healthy She said it was Apophis who was causing the disease, but this was never fleshed out on his side I could see how his magic would cause him to attempt to reach out to harm the princess, but this was never truly explored It was a great idea, but it was just told to the reader without much explanation Along the lines of the above topic, the characters are not very fleshed out They just kind of are Not a lot of backstory is given to each character including the princess and why she is so fiercely devoted to free her lands She s grown up her whole lives under the boot of the Hyksos, so I would have liked a littlebackground on her character before being thrust into the rebellion Seqen, too, I would have liked a littleon him observing and loving the princess from afar I cannot say it s a deterrent to the storyline as it flowed rather well, I just would have likedTheir is little character empathy or even understandable reason for their actionsThings I really liked Some of Jacq s illusions are lovely to read The ancient world is beautiful through his character s eyes.Jacq includes some excellent facts in his story which really enliven the characters and their lives i.e., details about their beliefs and rituals regarding their gods, how to make bread, the use of weights in the markets, etc The crafting of the rebellion is done very carefully There were many sub plots within the overall plotline, and the execution of the plot was excellent There are lots of things that I would not have considered in preparing for a rebellion It surprised me when I was done that the book covered approximately 15 years While there was not a lot of action, it was still a very compelling story that kept you intrigued I can understand why Jacq used characteristics to name certain characters Moustache, Mouse Face, etc because the Egyptian names can be quite confusing There are lots of characters at play too, so I think this decision made sense I never got confused by the amount of characters and their independent pieces of the story.Jacq is very good at spinning a tale through time The pace was very good While it would have been nice to include the year in the chapters, it did not deter from the plot He has the talent and knowledge to bring the ancient world to life The ending was powerful I can t wait to dive into book two I think it took me a bit of time to get into Jacq s writing style, but I did really enjoy the book My criticisms are not huge enough gripes to make me not want to pick up another of his books, just some things I noticed as an Ancient Egyptian buff myself Its great to see this period of Egyptian history being tackled as there are very few historical novels set in this period To bring this princess to life does a service to highlight the roles of women in history Nefertiti seems a bit of a mouse compared to this lioness queen Ahhotep was a name I never knew before this book Her life was a bit idealized in the story, I realize, Ahhotep had two sisters, Seqen was Ahhotep s brother, Ahhotep had at least two daughters , but what an intriguing story it made To be honest, the entire novel is screenplay in its effort and depth But as I have a theater background, perhaps that is why I enjoyed it as much as I did


  9. says:

    I have confessed before that I love reading historical fiction about Ancient Egypt I m certain that repeated viewing of The Ten Commandments starring a ripped Charleton Heston and a buff Yul Brenner are the cause of this fascination I am drawn to these types of novels over and over again and years ago I encountered The Stone of Light series by Christian Jacq He wove wonderful stories and I actively started seeking out his novels about Ancient Egypt which are difficult to find because they are I have confessed before that I love reading historical fiction about Ancient Egypt I m certain that repeated viewing of The Ten Commandments starring a ripped Charleton Heston and a buff Yul Brenner are the cause of this fascination I am drawn to these types of novels over and over again and years ago I encountered The Stone of Light series by Christian Jacq He wove wonderful stories and I actively started seeking out his novels about Ancient Egypt which are difficult to find because they are in translation.I acquired by first copy of The Empire of Darkness years ago and recall falling in love with the story I was determined to finish the series, but it took some time to find the other two books in the series Once I had The War of Crowns and The Flaming Sword the set languished on my shelves In the past, I have been reluctant to re read and I knew in order to get through books two and three, I would need a refresher by re reading book 1.In July, I found out that Fantasy is More Fun and Because Reading were hosting a Can You Read a Series in a Month Challenge and I thought that The Queen of Freedom Trilogy would be the perfect candidate for the Challenge I couldn t have beenwrong.What is hard about reading books in translation is that it is hard to determine if the weakness you observe in the novel were in the original text or a due to poor translation to English or due, in this case, to a part of history where little is known about the cast of characters.The entire time I read The Empire of Darkness I felt as though I was just skimming the surface The characters were one dimensional caricatures The tropes in this novel are strong.I did make it through book 1 and in an effort to try and participate in the challenge, I dived right into book 2, The War of Crowns I didn t even make it through 50 pages before I started to suspect that perhaps this book was subject to a poor translation instead of being just poorly written in its native language.You see in book one, Sequen the poor boy has a faithful pet sidekick, his donkey Long Ears Yeah, I know the characters are not well named One of the rebels known solely as Mustache because well, he has a mustache And then on page 12 of The War of the Crowns, the donkey s name is Way Finder There were also some plot elements that didn t seem to quite match up between book one two As a result, I dropped book 2 like a hot potato and marked it and book 3 as abandoned on GoodReads.I honestly have no clue what I saw in The Empire of Darkness all those years ago I can only assume that I have grown in my reading since this initial read through and expect a bitfrom my picks than I did in the past.This review was originally posted on Second Run Reviews


  10. says:

    Egypt is controlled by the Hyksos, who have turned Egyptians into their slaves Only Ahhotep, her husband Seqen and a few trusted comrades in the city of Thebes are willing to stand against the Hyksos and fight for Egypt s freedom But the Hyksos are everywhere, will their plight be successful I admit I have a soft spot for ancient Egypt The culture, the beliefs, I find it incredibly fascinating, so I was looking forward to reading a story that was based on real people and real events The book Egypt is controlled by the Hyksos, who have turned Egyptians into their slaves Only Ahhotep, her husband Seqen and a few trusted comrades in the city of Thebes are willing to stand against the Hyksos and fight for Egypt s freedom But the Hyksos are everywhere, will their plight be successful I admit I have a soft spot for ancient Egypt The culture, the beliefs, I find it incredibly fascinating, so I was looking forward to reading a story that was based on real people and real events The book had three main points of view, that of the Hyksos, that of Ahhotep and her loyal followers, and that of the rebel gang The story itself, that was proposed by the synopsis, was a really interesting one and had so much potentiallyUnfortunately, the best way to describe this book is that it was written like a dry, boring textbook It was matter of fact, there was no eloquence, nothing to get the reader excited Such potential, and just wasted by terrible writing One thing that didn t gel for me was the use of magic When that popped up I was a bit like huh because I was reading this like a historical story, based on actual fact, and I didn t think actual fact included magic I understand that perhaps certain events may have played out a particular way to make the characters believe magic happened, but when we re talking a staff with glowing eyes, or a rod growing hot and burning someone s hand, it didn t quite sit right That could have entirely been because of the way the book was written, like a textbook If it had beeneloquent and exciting then magic may well have fit right in.This book is the first book in a series called Queen of Freedom Honestly, as much as I don t like leaving things unfinished, I don t think I will continue this series.Readon my blog

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