The Son of Light (Ramses Series #1)

The Son of Light (Ramses Series #1)

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Overview

Historical fiction meets mythology as ancient Egypt comes alive in this monumental epic with over 2 million copies sold around the world.

At fourteen, Ramses, the second son of the Pharaoh Seth, must begin to pass a series of royal tests designed to build his mental and physical prowess-or break him. Is Seth planning to leave the world's most powerful empire to Ramses, and not his corrupt brother, Shaanar? Before he knows it, the younger prince is surrounded by enemies and turning to his friends: Moses, the brilliant young Hebrew; Setau, the snake charmer and mage; Ahmeni; the frail scholar; and Set and Nefertari, the two beautiful women Ramses loves.

And so begins the journey of the hero the world has yet to know... Let the saga begin.

The first in Christian Jacque's bestselling Ramses series, recounting the thrilling story of Ramses, the legendary king who ruled Egypt for more than 60 years. Ramses sets into motion a tapestry of royal intrigue, treacherous plots, and romantic adventures that will keep readers spellbound and hungry for more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446673563
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/1997
Series: Ramses Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 605,835
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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The Son of Light (Ramses Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
samantha.1020 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 as well as the triumphs. Because not everyone wants Ramses to come to power including Ramses' older brother who plans on being Pharoah himself.I loved this book! I was transported into Ancient Egypt with this novel and I was entralled. The writing was gorgeous and I was marking passages to share left and right. The best part of the book though was that the author captured my interest and I was caught up within the story. There were times that I just couldn't put the book down. Ramses was a strong and likeable character but realistic at the same time. He wasn't without his flaws and as the reader I wanted to see him overcome his enemies and become the future Pharoah. I'm really looking forward to the 2nd book in this series! Here is a little teaser to share a taste of this wonderful novel:"A courageous man goes to the limit of his strength. A king goes beyond it. If that is not in you, you are not meant to rule and we will never see each other again. No test should daunt you. Leave, if you wish; otherwise, capture the bull."All in all, this was a wonderful novel that I highly recommend to anyone that enjoys historical fiction.
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book about Ramses, a future great Pharoah of Ancient Egypt, was not amazing, but not horrible, either.I was continuously annoyed by historical inaccuracies. To fictionalize what "might have been" into historical fiction is one thing, but to show a lack of research is another.As for the story, I found that it 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 her all his life. This sort of of thing continued over and over through-out the book, and made these scenes in particular seem very stiff and unrealistic.The characters were well drawn and distinct, but a bit too unfeeling.I thought that at times this book was enjoyable to read, while at others it was simply dull.An average book - I will read the next in the series in hopes of them getting better, because I love Ancient Egypt.
hlselz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first book of the series deals with Ramses as a little boy, and how he came to become Phaoroh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worthwhile
PenelopeSue More than 1 year ago
looking forward to reading more of this series & this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful series keeps you reading and wanting to go to Egypt to visit the temples and tombs. I'm on book IV can't wait to finish. I enjoy how it closely relates to the Bible in many aspects.
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HISBUFF More than 1 year ago
A father and two sons. The older son is a conniving snake. The younger has talent, drive and ethics. The father is pharaoh. Who will inherit the double crown? Where does Moses fit into this? Who gets the keys to the Land Rover? The book started out as a very good action adventure story. The cover demands attehtion. Unfortunately the characters are stale sterotypes and the action drags along. I think the author has talent and will check out another book soon, since I am interested ancient Egypt, in fiction and history. But Ramses the Son of Life did not curl my sandals.
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Momma_D More than 1 year ago
Dense. This book is dense--in a good way though since I really enjoyed the details! The world of ancient Egypt came to life for me in a way not previously experienced through books. I read all five books in the series and this is a great introduction to the following story lines. I was satisfied with the read altogether!
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As much as I would like to recommend this book to others, especially after having read reviews myself before buying the books, I can't. I've read a lot of stories about ancient Egypt and more recently regarding Ramses the Great and this is probably the most unfortunate in my opinion. I hate to say it because Jacques has received good, if not wonderful, reviews, but unless his other books are far better, I can't see why.
His characters and narration are transparent, worse the characters' speech and their costume is so entirely British it hurts; Egyptian's didn't have "a long, fine-featured face, a pencil-thin mustache." His story feels as if he wished it could be in the Royal Palaces of England but he's so enamored by the prospect of Ancient Egypt and its mysteries, he can't restrain himself and lets loose. Especially since this is on a subject that has had so many other novels, let alone research done about it, I can't understand how he came up with the overall design for this book.
Ultimately, I wish this book were better. Just leave something to guess about, hypothesize. There needs to be a good twist at the end. It's so predictable you can guess the end by the first chapters.
If you want a good book about Ancient Egypt, I would suggest these others. Being a student of Classic Civilization, I know these are at least truer to the times they stem from, if not researched in depth, and not to mention a little bit more interesting with plots that actually keep the reader interested in the outcome.
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