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Il figlio della luce

(Ramsès #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  8,534 ratings  ·  360 reviews
Prima puntata della saga di Ramses, l'avvenimento letterario dell'anno, una serie che ha venduto oltre tre milioni di copie. La storia del grandissimo faraone, il "figlio della luce", che portò all'apogeo la gloria del suo paese e ne diffuse la sapienza. Christian Jacq, esperto di egittologia, trasferisce nelle storie costruite attorno a personaggi realmente vissuti, le sc ...more
Paperback, I miti, 378 pages
Published May 1998 by Mondadori (first published September 28th 1995)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Le Fils de la Lumière = The Son of The Light (Ramses #1) , Christian Jacq
The Ramses Series, The story of the greatest Pharaoh in history.
The Son of Light (1995)
The Temple of a Million Years Formerly published as The Eternal Temple (1995)
The Battle of Kadesh (1996)
The Lady of Abu Simbel (1996)
Under the Western Acacia (1997)
Each volume encompasses one aspect of Ramses's known historical life, woven into a fictional tapestry of the ancient world for an epic tale of love, life and deceit.
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Apr 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
God's Eye
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
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Don't' expect to learn much about the life of Ramesses II from this book. it is full of historical speculations and mostly historically inaccurate. ...more
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
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars. Not a lot of depth, but an interesting tale of ancient times along the Nile River. Egypt, the land of Pharaohs. Intrigues of the court. Always someone somewhere trying for power and to over throw the lineage. In historical fiction no different than 11th century England, France, Spain, etc. Except this is 12th or 11th century BC. Goes to show. Everything changes, yet everything remains the same.

I started the second book of the series and have book three lined up.
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
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little slow. I am unsure if I will bother ordering the next instalment in the series . I feel I should to see if the pace picks up given the developments in the first novel.

I , and maybe this is unfair to compare, but anything mystery / ancient Egypt related I always compare authors to Paul Doherty as my ‘standard’ as I love his novels so much and couldn’t put the amertoke series down. And I just cannot seem to find any that live up to his way of creating such a beautiful air of ancient myste
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic book.
Monica Go
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
3.5 I had some fun reading this but it didn't blow my mind. It was pretty easy to go through and the writing style was simple.
I'm very interested in ancient Egypt and this book gave me the chance to look some stuff up and reasearch some facts.

What I enjoyed quite a bit was the descriptions of everyday practices of Ancient Egypt that the characters would perform. It was so interesting.
Not much happens plotwise. In this first one we see Ramses (II) before he becomes Pharaoh, his adolescence basic
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
Josephine (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 believe 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 prepar ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Patrick Harrison
This book, which I devoured as a teen, still defines the genre of Ancient Egyptian historical fiction in a lot of ways. But on reread as an adult, it's let down by a few things for me. For one, the writing can be fairly tired - dialogue is often too expositional, and the character development is often quite cheap and unearned. For another, the blatant ahistorical shoehorning and anachronisms stick out - when it comes to writing the Iliad into the story, or a police investigation with warrants an ...more
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
An interresting beginning to a series about Ramses II of Egypt. I was surprised to find that I quite liked it, even though I was really captured by it. The writing is a little minimalistic and cropped for my taste, which made it hard for me to really enjoy the story, but else it was good and peaked my interest. I won't venture a remark about the historical accuracy since this era is out of my general knowledge. I did, however, find it a little annoying that King Menelaus and Queen Helen of Spart ...more
Aug 04, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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. ...more
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. ...more
Sep 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Apr 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egyptomania
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. ...more
Anna Bergmark
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. ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-history
I love historical novels for the way they can bring me to another world, and teach me endless things, habits, cultures, details of the past. I love to be immersed in details, smells, sounds.
It wasn't at all the case for this book. There is no description of pretty much anything.
There is no immersion in another age, no details, no smells, nothing that shows me what this world is like. The characters are simply fit, muscles, tanned, beautiful, hot, deep dark eyes.
The paragraphs are so short and
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
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
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egypt, hf
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
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Dominika Košútová
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. ...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

Other books in the series

Ramsès (5 books)
  • The Eternal Temple (Ramses #2)
  • The Battle of Kadesh (Ramses #3)
  • Ramses: The Lady of Abu Simbel (Ramses, #4)
  • Ramses: Under the Western Acacia (Ramses, #5)

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