The old Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded.
The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded.
All seems lost.
Taita, ex-slave and general of Tamose’s armies, leads his men to victory against Egypt’s enemies. But upon his victorious return to Luxor, he is seized as a traitor. Tamose is dead and a new Pharaoh has risen.
Pharaoh Utteric is young and cruel, and threatened by Taita’s influence within the palace – especially his friendship with Utteric’s younger and worthier brother, Rameses.
Rameses is torn between duty to his family and loyalty to his friends. Yet he knows that there is no choice. Taita must be set free, Utteric must be stopped and Egypt must be reclaimed.
- Back cover Blurb (Contains what might be seen as spoilers, scroll over text to read if you so wish TT)
Although I would rather have swallowed my own sword than openly admit it, deep in my heart I knew that it was finally over.
- First Sentence; Page 1
Then I remembered that his mother had also been mad - only her madness merely took the form of sexual incontinence.
- Memorable Moment; Page 57
SOURCE ... A Christmas present from Mr T.
READ FOR A CHALLENGE? ... No.
MY THOUGHTS ... Its no big secret, this author's books usually garner something of a lukewarm reception from me but I like this, his 'Egypt' series, so much that the books have gained a permanent home on our shelves.
A re-imagined account of events in the Egypt of the Pharaohs that, though the latest book in the series to be published, is in fact chronologically book 3 of what is currently a 6 book series.*
After the somewhat disappointing Desert God; the author having seemingly ironed out all of the things I so disliked about it - namely the lack of OR OTT attention to detail, the military manoeuvres that seemed to go on and on and on, the poorly written and ill considered secondary characters - Pharaoh seems to have got the series back on track though nothing so far has surpassed the first book, River God.
What has in some ways become one of my 'guilty pleasure' reads. Yes, I know some (OK, most) of the characters are/have become caricatures; that the lead character, Taita gets under my skin in a way few characters do (and not in a good way). And, yes, I'm aware that any attempt at historical accuracy is seemingly very much a secondary consideration (and increasingly so); that the inclusion of myths and legends and what I guess could be termed the 'supernatural' (whilst I personally enjoy the inclusion) are a big no-no in the minds of many of the series' readers and yet there is just something about these books that keep me wanting more ... until perhaps now.
Rated **** ('really liked it') on GoodReads. I do however think Taita has just about run his course, that the books are in danger of becoming totally 'silly', that maybe its time for the author to seriously think about putting the series 'to bed'. Then again ...
*Books in chronological order, the dates of publication are in brackets ...
River God (1993)
Desert God (2014)
The Quest (2007)