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Ramses: The Son of Light (Ramsès #1)

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Ancient Egypt comes alive in this eagerly anticipated new series that's breaking sales records in Europe! "Ramses, Vol. I: The Son of Light" recounts the thrilling story of Ramses, the legendary king who ruled Egypt for more than 60 years. Chosen by the pharaoh Seti, the 14-year-year-old Ramses sets into motion a tapestry of royal intrigue, treacherous plots, and romantic ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1995)
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Mo
Apr 27, 2008 Mo rated it did not like it
Shelves: overrated-drivel
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.
Nu-Jahat-Jabin
Aug 12, 2016 Nu-Jahat-Jabin rated it really liked it
ভাল লাগার পরথম কারনটা হল বেশ ভাল অনুবাদ। মূল বইটা কিছুটা ধরে রেখে দিয়েছিলাম অনুবাদের গুনে একটানে পড়ে ফেললাম। ...more
Wasee
Aug 12, 2016 Wasee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
মিশরের ইতিহাস,সংসকৃতি, ভাসকরয - সতযি বলতে গেলে মোটামুটি মিশর বিষয়ক সবকিছুর পরতি আমার ভালোরকম দূরবলতা আছে। সঙগত কারণে রামেসিস সিরিজটির পরতি রয়েছে অসমভব রকমের ভালো লাগা।
হিসটরিকাল ফিকশান হিসেবে করিশচিয়ান জাঁকের এই সিরিজটিকে এক কথায় "সুসবাদু"-ই বলতে হয়। মোট পাঁচটি বই নিয়ে দারূণ উপভোগয এই সিরজটি। পরথম বই "রামেসিসঃ সান অফ লাইট" এর অনূদিত সংসকরণ পরকাশিত হয়েছে আদী পরকাশন থেকে। এই ঘরানার বইপতরকে সাধারনত একটু বোরিং হিসেবে দেখা হয়। তবে রামেসিস সেই পরচলিত ধারণাকে পুরোপুরি বদলে দিতে সকষম। এক নিশবাসে বইটা শেষ
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Fuad Fidah
Jun 06, 2016 Fuad Fidah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maruf Hossain
Aug 02, 2016 Maruf Hossain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
পরাচীন মিশর এক চিরযৌবনা রূপসী ললনার মতো, হাতছানি দিয়ে ডাকে সবাইকে। পরাচীন মিশর নিয়ে আমাদের আগরহের কোনও শেষ নেই। বিশেষ করে আমি পরাচীন এই সভযতার ওপর কোন বই পেলে গোগরাসে গিলি - হোক সেটা ফিকশন, বা নন-ফিকশন। ফেরাউন বা ফারাওদের নিয়েও আমার আগরহ পরবল। তাই পরাচীন মিশরের এক পরভাবশালী বিখযাত ফারাও দবিতীয় রামেসিসের ওপর লেখা ফরাসি মিশর বিশেষজঞ করিশচিয়ান জাঁক-এর 'রামেসিস' সিরিজটার খোঁজ পেতেই পড়ার জনয আকুলিবিকুলি করে উঠেছিলাম। অবশেষে পড়েও ফেললাম আদী পরকাশন থেকে পরকাশিত মোঃ ফুয়াদ আল ফিদাহ-এর অনুবাদে করিশচিয়ান জ ...more
শুভঙ্কর শুভ
"রামেসিস" করিশচিয়ান জাঁকের এক অনবদয সৃষটি।আমি বইয়ের কথা বলছি।সিরিজের পাঁচটি বইয়ের মাঝে পরথমটাই পড়েছি কেবল, তাও অনুবাদ।হযা, দয সান অফ লাইট-এর কথাই বলছি।রামেসিস কে? তা বই পড়ার আগেই জানতাম, কিনতু সে কিভাবে কে হলো তার কিঞচিত মাতরই ধারনা ছিল।লেখক খুব সুনদর ভাবে গলপটা ফুটিয়ে তুলেছেন।শুরুতেই রামেসিসের বাবা-সেটি- তাকে বিভিনন রকম ভাবে পরীকষা করে, শকতির, জঞানের, বনধুতবের, এবং এক পরযায়ে ঐশবরিক শকতির সাথেও পরিচয় করায়।কিনতু কেন? তাহলে কি রামেসিস কে নিয়ে তার কোন সুপত পরিকলপনা আছে? যেখানে সে তার অবরতমানে ফারাও ...more
Moumita Hride
Nov 02, 2016 Moumita Hride rated it liked it
নাম: রামেসিস-১ দয সান অফ লাইট
মুল লেখক: করিশচিয়ান জযাক


রামেসিস যে ছিলেন একজন মহান মিশরিয় ফারাও। তার শাসন আমল ছিল অনযতম উললেখযোগয সময় মিশরের ইতিহাসে। সে ছিল নযাপরায়ণ, বিচকষণ এবং সাহসী রাজা। সে ছিলেন মিশরের মহান ফারাও শেটির ছোট ছেলে। রামেসিস যার অরেক নাম ছিল আলোর পুতর।
রামেসিস-১ বইটিতে উঠে এসেছে রামেসিসের কিশোর কাল থেকে তার ফারাও হয়ে উঠার কাহিনী। করিশচিয়ান জযাক এই মহান ফারাও এর জনয পাঁচ খণডের বই লিখেছেন। পরথম খনড শুধু তার কিশোর কাল, তার মহান ফারাও হয়ে ওঠার শিকষা এবং নেফারতির সাথে পরেমের উপর আলোক পাত
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Josephine
Jul 30, 2011 Josephine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Kawsar Mollah
Jan 05, 2017 Kawsar Mollah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
বইটা পড়ার সময় মনে হয়েছিল সতযি যেন রামেসিস এর সাথে আছি। ফারাও এর পরতি চলে আসে একটা শরদধা। আর আহমেনি চরিতর টার উপর একটা ভাল লাগা ।
এবার আসি অনুবাদের পরসঙগে, এমন পরাঞজল আর সাবলীল অনুবাদ এর আগে খুব কম ই পরেছি। অনুবাদের মান কাহিনীর গতি আর রসবোধ বাড়িয়ে তুলেছে অনেক টা। অনুবাদক পরশংসার নযাযয দাবীদার।

আশা করি বইটি মিশর পরেমীদের ভালো লাগবে।

হযাপি রিডিং :)

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Bettie☯
Sahadat Hossain
Sep 30, 2016 Sahadat Hossain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ইদানিং আমি অনুবাদ বই পড়া ছেড়ে দিয়েছি... এই বছরে সমভবত ৪/৫ টা অনুবাদ পড়েছি...তার মধযেই দুইটা ফুয়াদ ভাইয়ের...সযানডসটরম আর এখন সান অভ লাইট... বই কেমন সেটা আর বলার অপেকষা রাখেনা... অনুবাদ অনেক অনেক ভালো লেগেছে... সযানডসটরম এর মত এই বইতে যে কিছু কিছু শবদের পাশে বরাকেটে অরথ লিখে দেয়নাই, এই জনয অনুবাদককে অনে ধনযবাদ...
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Galateea
Feb 14, 2013 Galateea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ancient-eons
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
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 15, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
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
Mar 18, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing
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
Calle
Great historical fiction will make you feel like you were there in history. Though you know the author used his imagination and artistic licence, you can believe this may be what happened and this may be how the historical characters felt. But this illusion will only work if the author can estblish some connection to this historical time and place and the historical characters that feels authentic, and this is where "Ramses: Son of Light" fails. I was eager to read a novel about the rise of Rams ...more
Chris
Dec 07, 2016 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: hf, egypt
A bestseller in Europe in the 90's, the writing may have suffered in translation. Very simple style which makes it very easy to read but lacks the weight of a well-written novel. This first in the series follows Ramses from about age 14 to 18, when his father (Seti) dies. As in royal courts everywhere it seems, the behind the scenes machinations abound, most perpetuated by Ramses' older brother Shaanar in his attempt to ensure his own claim to the throne. Lots of familiar characters if you read ...more
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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সোহাগ প্লাবন
এই গলপ আলোর পুতর রামেসিসের।বনধুতবের অনুপম নিদরশনের আবার বিশবাসঘাতকতার।আছে অবাধ পরেম,কামনা।রামেসিসকে ঘিরে থাকা ভবিষযৎ ফারাওয়ের ষড়যনতরের বিসতীরণ জাল।আছে মায়ের সনেহ, ভালোবাসা।পিতা ফারাও সেটির কাছ থেকে শিকষা গরহন।সেই সাথে আছে গরীক সুনদরী হেলেন,মেনেলাউস,হোমার। এই বই আলোর পুতর রামেসিসের উতথান।

পরাচীন মিশরের পরতি আমার আগরহ অনেক।মিশর নিয়ে বই পেলেই দেরী না করে পড়ে ফেলি।বইটি পরাচীন মিশরীয়দের ধরমীয়, সামাজিক অবসথা সমপরকে জানার ভাল মাধযম।ছোট ছোট অধযায় গুলো পড়ার আননদ বাড়িয়ে দিয়েছে।
অনুবাদ সহজ সাবলীল।ফুয়াদ ভাই অ
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Anne Hawn Smith
Apr 23, 2010 Anne Hawn Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, egypt
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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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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Amanda
Aug 04, 2007 Amanda rated it did not like it
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.
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
Jan 19, 2012 Cassandra Kay Silva rated it did not like it
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.
Dominika Kaníková
Oh finally, this took me forever, i guess not every book of 150 pages can be read in one day, well you learn from day to day but when something is boring you will avoid it as much as you can. Now finally i can delete this from my kindle and move on . Not that i hate it. I just wasn't interested in the story at all. Wow and 4 more books in front of me ....hmmm next year maybe.
Iret1
Oct 27, 2012 Iret1 rated it liked it
I could tell a man wrote these books. Overall I enjoyed the stories and the historical setting but it took me awhile to get through the books just due to the lack of feeling more emotionally attached to the characters. I read these after Michelle Moran's books, which I was able to connect to her characters and enjoyed her story telling more.
Helen
Sep 23, 2009 Helen rated it did not like it
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.
Juli
Apr 08, 2015 Juli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ancient-egypt
This series is beyond awful, I don't even know where to begin! The style, the characters, the plot are all so simplistic it reads like a children's book, albeit a very bad children's book. Maybe some of that is due to the translation? I don't know.
Anna Bergmark
Jun 24, 2016 Anna Bergmark rated it it was ok
Fascinating time and place, but characters as flat as pancakes. You're either good, bad or beautiful, take your pick. Leaves you with a taste of cardboard.
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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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