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Ramses: The Son of the Light (Ramsès #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  4,414 ratings  ·  152 reviews
* The first volume of the bestselling five-part fictional biography of Egypt's most glamorous Pharaoh, THE SON OF THE LIGHT.
Mass Market Paperback, 360 pages
Published 1998 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1977)
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Mo
This is one of the worst books I've ever read. People eating croissants and calling on the police in ancient Egypt is bad enough, but the black and white portrayal of the characters and the stilted writing (though that may have been bad translation, I dunno) killed the book completely.
Graham
A few mixed feelings about this book, the first in a five-part series chronicling the life of one of the great Egyptian Pharaohs. For starters, it's an exceptionally easy read. It's been translated from the French in a very simplistic style (even more so than the translations of Valerio Massimo Manfredi) which makes flying through the pages pretty effortless.

Unfortunately, this simple style is also the book's downfall. It's an extremely straightforward and rather shallow novel, occupied with tel
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Elizabeth
Feb 16, 2009 Elizabeth rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who like reading about ancient Egypt; light readers
Although this book isn't as half awful as its sequels, it's still pretty damn awful. Maybe the author isn't to blame; it could be just a case of poor translation into English which explains its flat prose and cringingly bad dialogue. If not, I'm amazed at how Jacq is able to get these books published. His history's pretty much on the money - I won't deny I learned quite a lot about Ancient Egypt just from reading these novels, but in that case maybe the guy (a respected Egyptologist, I later fou ...more
Samantha
I can't even begin to remember where I heard about this book but boy am I glad that I did. I was entranced by this novel which is about Ramses before he became king of Egypt. It begins with the first time that Ramses meets his father, the Pharoah of Egypt and Ramses is fourteen years old. From then on Ramses is never sure if his father is training him to be the next Pharoah or whether his destiny might lie as something other than king. The book continues on with the struggles that Ramses faces a ...more
Dvenger
I was in middle school when i bought this book and read it in the same day. In fact, i read the entire collection that day from early morning to late evening, 12 hours of nonstop reading and i didn't regret one second of it. It was a miracle that they translated it into Romanian, because honestly speaking, i don't get on well with French and French doesn't get on well with me.I haven't reread this book since then, but to my 12-13 year old brain, this book (and the others from the Ramses Series) ...more
Jo
28th June 20011.

I loved this book. I am unable to resist anything Egyptian and Christian Jacq is one of the best authors I have read in this particular genre. He takes the facts that we know to be true from discoveries about the ancient Egyptian race. He blends historical fact, with what we belive to be the way ordinary people of the time lived and then adds his wonderful imagination to fill in any gaps. He weaves a story of the great Seti and his relationship with his family and how he prepared
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Anne Hawn Smith
This was an excellent story of the great Pharaoh, Ramses II. While it is clearly fiction, most of the action is consistent with what is known about him. It probably presents him as a more sympathetic ruler than he was, but captures his boldness and shrewd management of Egypt.

The action is told from the point of view of Ramses, his older brother who was passed over in favor of him, and his 4 friends from school, including the Biblical Moses. In this case, however, Moses was not raised in the pala
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Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
I read this series in turkish when I was in high school and I remember it blew my mind. Not only because I'm an Egypt fan but also it was written quite beautifully. It was extremely engaging and I remember I couldn't put it down until the whole series was over, and there were five books if I remember correctly- it was a long time ago, am I getting old?
I always felt like I could read this seres over and over again, except perhaps for the final book which was the most heartbreaking. It took me lo
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Dawn
While the story included a few mystical aspects, which I generally prefer not to have, it did a great job of establishing a version of how Ramses II came to the throne.
The characters came across as a bit 2-D and not fully fleshed out but the atmosphere of the country and era were well done.
Some more obscure versions of events have been used, which make the story a bit curious but I thought it was a great start to Ramses life. I can see why the author finds this Pharaoh a good subject to write a
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Luciana Darce
Acho que já contei essa anedota, mas vou relembrá-la assim mesmo... À época em que conheci essa coleção, ela ainda estava sendo publicada. Devo ter passado uns dois anos esperando até chegar ao final, numa época em que eu tinha de esperar até meu aniversário ou natal para ganhar livros, em vez de comprá-los na pré-venda em inglês com seis meses de antecedência, como faço hoje em dia (ai, meu deus...).

O caso é que dois anos e cinco livros depois, ao chegar ao final da história e da vida de Ramsés
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Nick
I wanted to like this more. After all, it's a book about Ramses - probably the best known Pharoah, after Tutankhamen. He's interesting, if just for the fact that he made thousands of statues of himself.

Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting attached to any of the characters. Not even Ramses himself. For some reason, all of the characters felt slightly distant. I just couldn't connect with them.

Maybe it's the translation? Because there were a lot of grammatical errors which were clearly trans
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Sam
I generally enjoy anything fictional with an Ancient Egyptian setting, so I was looking forward to reading this. I've seen Jacq's books around for years, but just hadn't gotten around to reading them before.

This first book in Jacq's Ramses series covers nine years of Ramses' life starting at age 14. While there were some interesting bits and pieces about life in Egypt at that time, I didn't find the story to be particularly exciting. It's just a rolling narrative of "What Ramses Did Next." When
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Amanda
I read about seven chapters into this book and just couldn't force it upon myself any longer. It looked promising, but the plot is--for lack of a better word--cheesy and the dialogue is just plain terrible. It was also poorly researched.
Bottom line: bad writing, IMO.

Perhaps this author should be writing for a younger audience rather than adults. Take out the sexual content and it could be easily marketed toward the 12+ age group.
Abdul Malik
The book Ramses the Son of the Light is about the Egyptians. This book is written by Christian Jacq who is a World leading Egyptologist and the author of the series Ramses an international bestselling series. This book is about a boy Ramses who is the younger of Seti the Pharaoh of also known as the Lord of the Two Lands. This book starts of by Seti testing
his Son Ramses by making him fight with a bull. Ramses passes the test.
The Royal family meaning the Pharaoh's family includes Pharaoh Seti,
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Kisholi
This was horrible. Admittedly, I read the English translation (maybe the original in French is better? obviously I will never know) and the language was so juvenile that I couldn't finish it (even Harry Potter was more mature than this!). As if that wasn't bad enough, the characters were blatantly one-dimensional and the plot (if you can call it that) cheesy and predictable. Overall, useless drivel.
Cassandra Kay Silva
I have not read anything so poorly written in a long time. The subject matter itself should have redeemed this book, but it was so terribly worded. Any book about this time period that features the words "Touche" and "Cheif of Police" just needs a complete re edit. The characters were flat and terrible. The book was simply drivel.
Helen
I really tried to like this book, but after 120 pages, I put it down and I have no desire to read anymore. There really just isn't any substance, it's very thin. Maybe it's the translation but I just couldn't get into it. Life is too short to read books you don't like.
Davide Floris
Lessi questo libro secoli fa, quando venne pubblicato per la prima volta, incuriosito ed affascinato dalla civiltà dell'antico Egitto. Ebbene, eccomi qua, nel 2014, a rileggere le avventure di Ramses il Grande, con immutata curiosità e sempre affascinato dalla millenaria cultura egiziana. Di certo non sarà un "capolavoro" della letteratura, come dicono "quelli veri" (o quelli che si credono dei geni per aver letto "Guerra e Pace" & C., senza averlo capito). A me questo romanzo è piaciuto. Sc ...more
Rita Monticelli
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Ramses prima di essere faraone

È sempre difficile scrivere un commento su di un'opera di Jacq senza essere ripetitivi. L'autore affronta le storie immortali dei grandi personaggi dell'antico Egitto con un approccio molto simile e allo stesso tempo sempre vincente.
Questo romanzo, primo di una serie di cinque, ci racconta l'adolescenza del giovane Ramses II, forse il più famoso faraone egiziano, mescolando sapientemente fatti storici e personaggi mitologici, e
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Denise
Egypt in 1235 B.C. Ramses, the second male child of the royal family, is taken by his enigmatic father, Pharaoh Seti, into the wild marshes of the Egyptian delta. There Ramses must confront an enormous wild bull in a manhood ritual. He completes only half of the ritual and is consumed with self-doubt for years after. In his mind, he has failed. But in Pharaoh's mind, it is a beginning...

The author uses this period in Egyptian history to weave a story of human emotions (both good and evil). An o
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Samuel Viana
When I started to read this book, my idea was to know more about this author in particular and have an idea on how much I know about the Ancient Egypt . Ramses is something by its long longevity: who could achieve, in the year 1000 BC, to live until the beautiful age of eighty ?
I understand that Jacq was an beginning author and its prose, at least in the beginning, was soft and not well-developed and his decision to bring some 'well-known' historic characters like Moses, Menelau or Helen of Troy
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Reinhold
Dies ist der erste Band des fünfteiligen Romanzyklus rund um Ramses II. Der erste Teil befasst sich mit den Jugendjahren des wohl bedeutendsten ägyptischen Pharaos. Der Roman beginnt als Ramses und seine Freunde (darunter sein späterer Schreiber aber auch Moses) noch die Schulbank drücken. Immer deutlicher wird, dass sein Vater ihn zum Nachfolger auserkoren hat, was seinen älteren Bruder nicht sehr glücklich macht. Und so beginnt ein sehr wildes Intrigenspiel um die Thronfolge. Ramses von seinem ...more
Holly Lindquist
Well... this book is just a heap of silliness.

At first I was ready to lay the blame on translation problems (after all, the author is supposedly an Egyptologist, he surely knows the time period), but that excuse can only cover so much. It cannot cover dialogue that is foul enough to be ranked up there with the likes of the Left Behind series and the movie Troll 2. (Maybe not quite as bad as the latter, but it's certainly cringe-worthy.)
Poor translation also cannot account for cardboard charact
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Werehare
3/10

Scritto veramente ma veramente male. Christian Jacq pare non cogliere la differenza tra saggistica e narrativa: questo volume è un miscuglio di parti prettamente saggistiche (e in quanto tali piacevoli, ma sbagliate e inforigurgitose nel contesto del romanzo) e di parti narrative arrabattate alla bene e meglio. Non c'è uno straccio di atmosfera, e questo è un vero peccato dato il succulento materiale di partenza; i dialoghi sono in stile copione e assolutamente farlocchi, i personaggi vengon
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Céline
J'ai découvert Christian Jacq quand j'avais 12/13 ans avec La Reine Liberté. Quel plaisir de le retrouver dans cet saga qui nous présente la vie du pharaon Ramsès II de façon romancée.

J'ai dévoré ce premier tome en quelques jours. On n'a pas le temps de s'ennuyer, l'action est omniprésente. On découvre les personnages qui feront la saga, on découvre l'ambition des uns, la traîtrise des autres, la fidélité de quelques uns et surtout le jeune Ramsès, âgé de 14 ans au début du roman.

Ce premier tome
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Rabia Bashir
With an interest in all things Egypt, I stumbled across this book and once I started reading, I couldn't stop. I read hungrily till I got to the end and realised it was part of a series. You know how it is: you get to the end of a drama series and you can't wait for the next season to begin... then you forget and move on with your life. If I ever got my hands on the books, I'd want to read this again because I've forgotten the plot already! Still, it's a bookshelf keeper.
Jori Richardson
As I love Ancient Egypt and am always looking for more fiction set in that time period, I was excited about reading this book about Ramses, a future great Pharaoh.
The book was distinctly underwhelming. The writing was bland, and the story was far too abrupt. The plot-line in general progressed smoothly, but in many scenes conversations and such would seem extremely hurried through. For example, Ramses meets Nefertari for the first time, and within moments is speaking to her as if he has known he
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Tracey Alley
Christian Jacq rarely disappoints with his Egyptian novels but, unfortunately, this series was not to his usual standard. While he has put the same amount of dedicated historical research into the novel he misses the mark a little on some of the more speculative areas.

The life of Ramses is fascinating and Jacq certainly manages to get that across but his speculations regarding Moses were, in my opinion, a little off the mark and not really supported by current Christian/Egyptian scholarship. Fo
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Cyberbomber
Mar 31, 2008 Cyberbomber rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Friends and History buffs
Recommended to Cyberbomber by: I just found it in a book store
I loved this book... I have done years of research in Egyptology and believe it or not this is accurate. that being said it is accurate to what the scrolls and walls say but not necessarily what actually happens there is a lot of sex seemingly thrown in there for no real purpose besides to get the attention of those who would get board while reading it. Personally I would rather have less of that and more content on historical fact, it was just over done. However that being said, one other thing ...more
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Christian Jacq is a French author and Egyptologist. He has written several novels about ancient Egypt, notably a five book suite about pharaoh Ramses II, a character whom Jacq admires greatly.

Jacq's interest in Egyptology began when he was thirteen, and read History of Ancient Egyptian Civilization by Jacques Pirenne. This inspired him to write his first novel. He first visited Egypt when he was s
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