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Author: Christian Jacq
ISBN: 0743230841
Language: English
Pages: 400 pages
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; paperback / softback edition (November 4, 2002)
Rating: 4.8
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The Empire of Darkness book. Challenge and I thought that The Queen of Freedom Trilogy would be the perfect candidate for the Challenge. I couldn’t have been more wrong

The Empire of Darkness book. Egypt is a shadow of its former self. An army of barbarians. I couldn’t have been more wrong. 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.

3 The Queen of Freedom Trilogy. His first commercially successful book was Champollion the Egyptian, published in 1987. The Empire of Darkness. The Judge of Egypt Trilogy. The Mysteries of Osiris Series. The Vengeance of the Gods Series. As of 2004, he has written over fifty books, including several non-fiction books on the subject of Egyptology. Jacq has a doctorate in Egyptian Studies from the Sorbonne. Jacq's series describes a vision of the life of the pharaoh: he has two vile power-hungry siblings, Shanaar, his decadent older brother, and Dolora, his corrupted older sister who married his teacher.

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Author(s) Christian Jacq. Series Title The Queen of Freedom Trilogy. Format Other Book Format. Country of Publication United Kingdom. An army of barbarians, known as the Hyksos, have swept through Egypt and reduced the land of the pharoahs to a slave state. Read full description. See details and exclusions. The Empire of Darkness by Christian Jacq (Other book format, 2002). Pre-owned: lowest price.

The Empire of Darkness - Christian Jacq. Without Teti the Small’s resolution, even the House of the Queen would have been destroyed, and the Thebans, like all other Egyptians, would have become servants of the Hyksos

The Empire of Darkness - Christian Jacq. Without Teti the Small’s resolution, even the House of the Queen would have been destroyed, and the Thebans, like all other Egyptians, would have become servants of the Hyksos. But, trapped in her isolation, Teti was beginning to weaken, and the supporters of Theban independence saw their numbers fall every day.

Christian Jacq (author). C17th BC. An army of barbarians has swept through the Empire, destroying everything in its path. Please provide me with your latest book news, views and details of Waterstones’ special offers. Known as the Hyksos, the 'leaders from foreign lands', the invaders have reduced the land of the pharaohs to slavery. Only one woman resists. Fierce, beautiful and courageous, the daughter of the last pharaoh, Ahhotep, refuses to accept defeat.

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This - the first book in the Queen of Freedom trilogy - is not a bad story but probably more for the younger reader - adolescant . After reading 'Ramses' 5 books I was salivating on hope of another extra ordinary book by Mr. Jacq on ancient Egypt. However, this book is a huge disappointment.

This - the first book in the Queen of Freedom trilogy - is not a bad story but probably more for the younger reader - adolescant who dont want to be bogged down in detail. It has plenty of action, some adventure, a dash of romance, a good blend of bad people you can quickly loathe, and plenty of good ones you feel compelled to support.

Author:Jacq, Christian. The Empire of Darkness (The Queen of Freedom Trilogy). Volume One in the stunning new QUEEN OF FREEDOM trilogy, from the bestselling author of RAMSES. Egypt is a shadow of its former self

Author:Jacq, Christian. Each month we recycle over . million books, saving over 12,500 tonnes of books a year from going straight into landfill sites. An army of barbarians, mounted on horse-drawn chariots, has swept through the Empire, destroying everything in its path. Kwn as the Hyksos, the 'leaders from foreign lands', they have reduced the land of the pharaohs to slavery.

Set in C17th B.C., Volume One in the stunning new QUEEN OF FREEDOM trilogy, from the bestselling author of RAMSES. Egypt is a shadow of its former self. An army of barbarians, mounted on horse-drawn chariots, has swept through the Empire, destroying everything in its path. Known as the Hyksos, the 'leaders from foreign lands', they 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. But Teti knows it's only a matter of time before her men succumb to the barbarities of the cruel Hyksos. She has an 18-year-old daughter, however: Ahotep. Fierce, beautiful and courageous, Ahotep will never accept defeat. And so she decides to re-ignite the flame of Egyptian resistance. All by herself.
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Rose Of Winds
This - the first book in the Queen of Freedom trilogy - is not a bad story but probably more for the younger reader - adolescant who dont want to be bogged down in detail. It has plenty of action, some adventure, a dash of romance, a good blend of bad people you can quickly loathe, and plenty of good ones you feel compelled to support. In short, it has a nice flow to it, easy to read and you learn a little about the Hyksos occupation of Ancient Egypt and the efforts of Ahhotep I an Egyptian Queen of the New Kingdom who vows to depose them.

But the thing that lets the story down is a combination of loose writing and translation.

An example of how bad this is (without spoiling the story and giving away the character who I will call "X")can be seen as follows:

"Sliding under his guard, a short Canaanite caught him a blow below the left eye with an axe. Ignoring the pain, X plunged his sword into his enemys chest. But another Canaanite sank his dagger into X's forehead. Blinded by the blood pouring down his face, X swung his sword at empty air.

(skip a couple of lines of action)

...But a spear caught him in the back as an Asian officer smashed his heavy axe down on X's head.

(generally you would assume X would be dead but as if to prove the peoples of the Ancient world were tough nuts to crack it continues..)

...Dying....X sank down onto his right side ( Dying?? incredibly yes he is still alive before two blows from a club finally end our hero's plight. And not before time. Two axe blows, a knife, a spear and two clubs to the head/body leaves even the most open minded reader feeling credibility is stretched).

The translator Sue Dyson has translated 30 novels from French to English. Given the translators experience and Mr Jacqs has penned better than this (not classics by any standard but definately better structure and translated books) its really puzzling how both can produce a result like the above example of text (on occassions).

Its like Mr Jacq has gone into total relaxation mode in writing this work - keeping effort to a minimum. Its not a book like Pauline Gedges with liltingly beautiful descriptions of the Nile, Thebes, Memphis and the temples and life of the day. So if you love that aspect in your Ancient Egyptian fiction stories then you might be disappointed. He has also dispensed with using historically correct Ancient Egyptian/Middle Eastern people names in many places. Instead we have characters called Moustache, pharaoh Seqenenre is always called "Sequen", then there is Fat, Thin, Long Beard, Jovial and Impatient to name a few more names used.

In short blame translator or writer or both but the real shame is that this series had great potential but instead sinks to a level that will leave most readers feeling a little disappointed. Disappointed - not because the book isnt interesting for its not a bad read, but because the part of Egyptian history it depicts, and gives a glimpse into deserves a higher quality telling. So it wets the appetite without filling the senses. Was tempted to give two stars...but rounded 2.5 up since the book is probably more suitable for younger readers but even they will expect tighter editing/translation. Not what is delivered this version.
RUL
After reading 'Ramses' 5 books I was salivating on hope of another extra ordinary book by Mr. Jacq on ancient Egypt. However, this book is a huge disappointment. 'The Empire of Darkness' is set during the time when Egypt was ruled by Hyksos (people from the sea) and the remnants of Pharaoic Egypt had been represented by Queen Ahhotep and her husband Seqen in Thebes. It's the story of war of independence. It could be fascinating when comparing with so many historical wars of independence in not so distant past in Europe, Africa or Asia. But this book is nothing like a good historical or political thriller. It's more like a light adventure mixing or omitting historical facts. This book is far from what Mr. Jacq achieved in 'Ramses' series. The language is very simple (maybe this is just the issue of translation?), descriptions of country and main characters are very dubious, and the flow of the sory not that exctiting. If you really want to read a great historical book on Hyksos invasion and Egypt's struggle for independence, get 'Lords of the Two Lands' by Pauline Gedge.
Syleazahad
Before the great Pharaoh Ramses II and the renowned Queen Cleopatra VII, Egypt was liberated by Queen Ahhotep of Thebes. Known as the Egyptian "Joan of Arc", Queen Ahhotep led the resistance that would restore Egypt to its former glory. Mounted with a new weapon of war the horse-drawn chariot the barbarian hoard known as the Hyksos lead by its Emperor Apophis would invade Eygpt and subjected it to a century of despair and slavery.
A rich and prosperous country Egypt had known tranquility until the 18th century B.C. when it experienced its first major foreign invasion by a collaboration of peoples known as the Hyksos. The Hyksos were able to overrun Egypt by using an animal unknown to them at the time called a horse. In addition, the Hyksos used wheeled chariots that could carry up to four soldiers during battle and threw bronze-headed spears. Turning the Egyptian populace into slaves, the Hyksos displayed unfathomable ways of torture and cruelty bleeding the land dry of resources and wealth. With its military headquarters established in the Delta city of Avaris only the small island city of Thebes remained free of the ruthless tyrant Apophis's reach. Thebes under the rule of Queen Teti the Small was seen as unchallenging to the occupation. Unable to lead the battle of resistance herself her eighteen year old daughter Princess Ahhotep took up the reigns. Now as Queen Ahhotep established the resistance that would return freedom and reunification to Egypt. By her side in battle was her husband the Pharaoh Seqen-en-Ra whose head was horribly disfigured during an attack in war. Queen Ahhotep preserved the Pharaoh Seqen's memory of bravery by having him mummified without removing traces of his wounds.
This is the first volume of the Queen of Freedom trilogy. Queen Ahhotep's sons Prince Kames and Prince Ahmose continue the battle of this true history.
Qwne
Love the trilogy, Christian Jacq does any great job about taking history and putting it right into your hands and making hard to put down the book
Miromice
Book arrived promptly and in good condition. This book, part of a series of three, is an excellent read, with people and events based on historical fact or evidence. My only criticism is that I would prefer a more realistic approach to the religious beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, rather than the ridiculously fantastical events that Jacq portrays.