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Khai of Khem

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  283 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
From ancient Egypt to modern England,
a man searches for the woman he loves
and the man who betrayed them both!

Khai begins life in ancient Egypt as the son of Pharaoh Khasathut's chief architect. Believing Pharaoh to be a god, Khai is stunned to learn that his leader's chief desires are to deflower young virgins and achieve eternal life through the powers of his black magi
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by Tor Books (first published 1981)
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Liutauras
Dec 21, 2016 Liutauras rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pfaf
Nuvalkiota idėja, su neįdomiu turiniu...
Graham
Jan 29, 2010 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Lumley departs from the norm with this ancient epic story, blending together such genres as horror and adventure with a little bit of romance and science fiction thrown in. The result is an unwieldy story at first that plods along at a deathly pace – before gradually getting more and more interesting as the characters are explored and we see them developing.

Lumley’s narrative is definitely weird in the opening chapters, with different passages following different characters, a strange trip to t
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Mrwitte
Feb 07, 2009 Mrwitte rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lumley makes some really cool scifi/horror/secret agent stuff (like in his Necroscope books) but I'm grossed out by his obsessively freaky racism and sexism. Furthermore, he doesn't have the "product-of-his-time" excuse that someone like Lovecraft enjoys.
I didn't get very far in this one and I'm hard to offend.
Donovan
Feb 05, 2012 Donovan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is one of Lumley's best!!!

Khai begins life in ancient Egypt as the son of Pharaoh Khasathut's chief architect. Believing Pharaoh to be a god, Khai is stunned to learn that the supposedly great and wise leader is a shriveled, ancient fossil of a man whose chief desires are to deflower young virgins and achieve eternal life through the powers of his black magicians. When Khai dares to raise a hand to Pharaoh, he is condemned to be a slave.
Escaping, Khai flees to neighboring Kush where he earn
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Jason Gusman
Aug 11, 2011 Jason Gusman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lumley's first novel is considered his best by people for good reason. Lumley puts a neat spin on how the pyramids were built. Khai lives in Egypt. His father holds a good job with the Pharaoh as his head architect. But after Khais' family is killed for trying to protect his younger sister from being enslaved to the Pharaoh's harem, Khai is sentenced to work his life building the pyramids for the Pharaoh. Khai escapes and flees to the neighboring land of Kush. There he becomes a general and fear ...more
Coeruleo Luna
Oct 18, 2014 Coeruleo Luna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was not easy to find, but was worth the difficulty. the story itself starts a bit slowly, but progresses until it truly is a page turner that is hard to put down. i have always been a big fan of lumley's writing, and of ancient egypt and other ancient cultures, so a lumley book set in ancient egypt was a sure thing for me. i love this sort of horror that makes you squirm and feel uncomfortable. the horror here is truly horrific, obscene and delightfully disturbing. a clash of cultures ...more
Kristin
Jan 22, 2013 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Honestly I think I would have liked Khai of Khem more if the blurb hadn't promised me a very different story. I won't quote the dust jacket, because you can click on the cover and read that yourself. Basically only about 5-10 pages were spent in modern day London, and no one was interested in the technological wonders Khai saw there. Otherwise it was a very straight telling of Khai's betrayal by the Egyptian Pharaoh, his escape from Egypt and his returning as an invader to defeat him. The story ...more
Brandy
Aug 05, 2010 Brandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Otro pal baul de los abandonos. Madre mia que mieLda de libro. Entre que el autor se dedica a torear al lector como le da la gana. Ahora te cuento la vida de este, ahora escena con la reina, ahora escena con el amigo del otro... No tiene ni pies ni cabeza. Aparte de eso, Lumley se dedica a sacar toda la parafernalia sangrientaguarraasquerosa que tenía, porque tiene cada escena que ya no es que de miedo, sino asco asqueroso... Lo siento, pero es que la de la cámara nupcial me dejó con los ojos co ...more
Andy Strutt
Dec 29, 2013 Andy Strutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Khai of Khem by Brian Lumley
Reviewed by Andy Strutt

Another absolutely superb novel from the master of horror. Follow Khai as he battles the evil alien Pharaoh and his perverted horrors.
The story was gripping and I could not put it down until I had finished it. There were so many twists and turns it made my head spin.
As usual the characters, even the protagonist himself all have a dark side. You cannot help but feel as if you are in their shoes.
Superb read and highly recommended.
Estibaliz79
Mejor de lo que esperaba, pues afortunadamente la mezcla de presente y pasado (o futuro, según cómo se mire) es mínima, sino inexistente. En resumen, una fantasía inspirada en un Egipto anterior al Antiguo Egipto (sí, sí, tal cual), entretenida pero, para mí, bastante intrascendente. Bastante previsible en ciertos aspectos, un poquito ingenua en otros... y sin comentarios sobre el final sobrenatural.
Christopher Ryan
Aug 28, 2015 Christopher Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It started off slow, and I started to wonder if the hype surrounding the novel was misplaced. But it picked up around part three, and the rest of the story was great. It is one of the few books that contains battle scenes during which I didn't get completely bored. And although the ending wasn't what I expected, I was still a huge fan.
Michael
Dec 22, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairly good book. The story feels as though it starts off slow in the first chapters. But, it's a great fast paced read all through the middle. The ending does feel a bit mechanical and awkward, but the quality of the rest of the work leaves this easy to forgive. Overall the book is a great read and has some of those classically-disturbing elements you would expect from Brian Lumley.
Jim
Apr 17, 2010 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Fredrick Danysh
A time hopping adventure set in ancient Egypt the Khai of Khem has a man searching for his lost love. He has been condemned to be a slave for opposing an evil leader.
Rob Bliss
Didn't like it. Earlier work of Lumley. Not like his others. Why the modern context mixed (but not much) with the ancient? I stopped caring about the characters.
Analisa Rocha
Nov 28, 2014 Analisa Rocha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really amazing story i was hooked from the first page. <3
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Brian Lumley was born near Newcastle. In 22 years as a Military Policeman he served in many of the Cold War hotspots, including Berlin, as well as Cyprus in partition days. He reached the rank of Sergeant-Major before retiring to Devon to write full-time, and his work was first published in 1970. The vampire series, 'Necroscope', has been translated into ten languages and sold over a million copie ...more
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