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The Empire of Darkness (La Reine Liberté #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  407 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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, these "leaders from foreign lands" have reduced the country of the pharaohs to slavery. Only the city of Thebes resists, protected by the widow of the last pharaoh, Teti the Small. But Teti knows t...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 21st 2003 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Feb 24, 2011 Isis rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Isis by: No one
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...more
J. Else
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...more
Vanessa Vallos
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 mené.

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, ça change.

Le contexte est génial, il etait telement bien a lire !
This book is about the time when Egypt was invaded by the Hyksos who reigned for nearly two hundred years before the Egyptians rose up again, regained their power and greatness. During this time, Princes Ahhotep decided to rescue her people. This is the story of their secret efforts to defeat the Hyksos. This book is the first of a series of the Queen Of Freedom trilogy.
However Wilbur Smith writes of the same era and I found his titles far more exciting and adventurous than this book. I have not...more
Edu M.
Aug 08, 2010 Edu M. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 1
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The Empire of Darkness tells the true story of Ahotep, a young egyptian princess who lives in an Egypt under the domain of the Hycsos. Every city has surrendered to Apophis, the hycsos emperor, and pays him tributes and worships his gods. All cities but Thebes. The only free city in Egypt is on the verge of dissapearence. Ahotep, a young woman with only ninetten years, decides to make a stand against the invaders and grant Egypt a breath of freedom and safety. Daughter of Teti, Ahotep makes a su...more
Ed Trollope
I bought this trilogy on the grounds it was reputedly by a leading Egyptologist, and hence expected something comparable to Cornwell's well researched writing.

Sadly, this was not the case. A significant character is none other than a psychic ninja donkey. The characters are so far beyond stereotype, they belong in a pantomime, the plot is linear and boring, and the historical accuracy is almost nonexistant.

The only reason I still have the books is that giving them away might result in some othe...more
Jan 21, 2014 Jacq added it
I bought this about 10 years ago because it was about Ancient Egypt and the author's name is Jacq. I finally read it.
I was very disappointed in this book by Christian Jaq. His Egyptian stories are generally very good, but this one was not worth the effort. At times, the plot appeared to have been written by a child. I'm sure it was intended to be symbolic, but frankly, it didn't work for me. I won't be reading the other two in this series.
Angel Serrano
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I don't know if it is the translation or what. But honestly, really? Like ancient cultures had those twirly mustaches?

(Okay, there is no mustaches. But I like donkeys, and even I found the this is how you know its the bad guy to be a bit much).
Evelyn Puerto
This was mildly entertaining historical fiction, but it lost me a bit with all the magic used by some of the major characters. It also seemed to be overly simplistic, with little description and one dimensional characters.
After reading the first book of the Osiris Mysteries, I was quite disappointed in this book. Not that it was bad, just too simple.
Sandra Azevedo
Mais uma vez... Adorei!! Excelente investigação ... forma de escrita... realmente o autor escreve de uma forma que fica na memória! :)
I'm not so interested now in Egyptian history as a few years ago, but this could revive my interest. Very well written
This series is about an amazing woman who will fight for what she believes in to whatever end
Aug 07, 2011 Elli added it
Excellent series even when you lose something in the translation from French to English.
It was okay....a little unrealistic but gave background to the Valley of Kings.
Michelle Choi
looking forward to read this book!!!
really love this author's books.
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This looks like a series too far.
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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...more
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Ramses: The Son of Light  (Ramses, #1) Ramses: The Battle of Kadesh (Ramses, #3) Ramses: The Lady of Abu Simbel (Ramses, #4) Ramses: The Eternal Temple (Ramses, #2) Ramses: Under the Western Acacia (Ramses, #5)

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