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L'empire des ténèbres [PDF / Epub] ✅ L'empire des ténèbres ⚣ Christian Jacq – Thomashillier.co.uk Egypt 17th century BC An army of barbarians has swept through the Empire destroying everything in its path Known as the Hyksos the 'leaders from foreign lands' the invaders have reduced the land of th Egypt th century BC An army of barbarians has swept through the Empire destroying everything in its path Known as the Hyksos the 'leaders from foreign lands' the invaders have reduced the land of the pharaohs to slavery Only one city resists Thebes where the widow of the last pharaoh Teti the Small still reigns Teti knows it's only a matter of time before her men too succumb But Teti has a daughter Fierce beautiful and courageous eighteen year old Ahhotep will never accept defeat And so she decides to re ignite the flame of Egyptian resistance L'empire des Epub / all by herself.


About the Author: Christian Jacq

Christian Jac 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 Jac admires greatlyJac's interest in Egyptology began when he was thirteen and read History of Ancient Egyptian Civilization by Jacues Pirenne This inspired him to write his first novel He first visited Egypt when he was s.



10 thoughts on “L'empire des ténèbres

  1. Iset Iset says:

    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 bookExtremely 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 descendant of pharaohs would have married a peasant further is completely ridiculous and utterly preposterous not to mention factually entirely wrong Seenenra was in fact Ahhotep's brother and they had a sibling marriage that was uite common in ancient Egypt Ahhotep also had at least two daughters of which Jac makes absolutely no mention Thebes is also portrayed as an isolated crumbling city ridiculously poorly guarded an island of freedom against Hyksos Egypt In fact this is completely untrue The Hyksos controlled all of Egypt including the Theban nome which was the thriving centre of the south and whose governors were descended from pharaohs and eventually raised rebellion I could go onThe vast historical inaccuracy is matched only by the appalling uality of writing Description and explanation is extremely poor It got hugely annoying every time Ahhotep wanted to take a risk every other character would always tell her that it was impossible and that her whole campaign was doomed to failure and then she would always do it anyway and always survive unscathed It was just the same situation and conversations rehashed over and over and over again It seems like virtually everyone is a corrupttraitorspyHyksos sympathiser which certainly was not the case Apophis and the ruling regime are cartoon stereotype evil villains which Jac painfully hams up so much that they become grotesue wince inducing caricatures Over and over again Jac interjects scenes of Apophis and his minions engaging in some sort of horrificunfeelingdepravedperverse form of blood letting andor sexual activity As if we the readers need to be reminded every five minutes that Apophis and the Hyksos are meant to be pure evilAs if this all weren't enough all remaining scraps of plausibility and believability were totally destroyed when the characters started using MAGIC Yes that's right In a book that purports to be a historical fiction closely based on factual events with the gaps filled in by the author's vision of what might have plausibly happened the book descends into utter fantasy totally jarring the reader out of the story and the most ridiculous thing I have ever read Statues of gods start moving and shooting out light staffs and jugs start displaying powers of good and evil I'm fine with the appearance of magic in fantasy or divine powers in myth but in historical fiction it has no place where events should at least remain realistic even if certain scenes are conjecture This is not historical fiction it's historical fantasyI would give this book zero stars if I could If you want to read it please take it out from the library before deciding whether or not you want to spend money on it


  2. J. Else J. Else says:

    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 Jac 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 ‘reptile’ when the character is describing it I was a little disappointed that he modernized the terms for the reader It did not feel as authentic as it could have beenJac also seems to use terms unknown to an Egyptian of that time period He relates that someone died of a blood clot He talks about the evil being a cancer Both of these conditions were unknown to the ancient society He uses wonderful illusions in other places so I was confused why he mixed in so many other modern terms Depth of emotion character and action seuences in the book is lacking When Ahhotep is revitalized by the sun it just kind of happens One minute she’s on death’s door and the next she is vibrant and healthy She said it was Apophis who was causing the disease but this was never fleshed out on his side I could see how his “magic” would cause him to attempt to reach out to harm the princess but this was never truly explored It was a great idea but it was just told to the reader without much explanation Along the lines of the above topic the characters are not very fleshed out They just kind of are Not a lot of backstory is given to each character including the princess and why she is so fiercely devoted to free her lands She’s grown up her whole lives under the boot of the Hyksos so I would have liked a little background on her character before being thrust into the rebellion Seen too I would have liked a little on him observing and loving the princess from afar I cannot say it’s a deterrent to the storyline as it flowed rather well I just would have liked Their is little character empathy or even understandable reason for their actionsThings I really liked Some of Jac’s illusions are lovely to read The ancient world is beautiful through his character’s eyesJac includes some excellent facts in his story which really enliven the characters and their lives ie details about their beliefs and rituals regarding their gods how to make bread the use of weights in the markets etc The crafting of the rebellion is done very carefully There were many sub plots within the overall plotline and the execution of the plot was excellent There are lots of things that I would not have considered in preparing for a rebellion It surprised me when I was done that the book covered approximately 15 years While there was not a lot of action it was still a very compelling story that kept you intrigued I can understand why Jac used characteristics to name certain characters Moustache Mouse Face etc because the Egyptian names can be uite confusing There are lots of characters at play too so I think this decision made sense I never got confused by the amount of characters and their independent pieces of the storyJac is very good at spinning a tale through time The pace was very good While it would have been nice to include the year in the chapters it did not deter from the plot He has the talent and knowledge to bring the ancient world to life The ending was powerful I can’t wait to dive into book two I think it took me a bit of time to get into Jac’s writing style but I did really enjoy the book My criticisms are not huge enough gripes to make me not want to pick up another of his books just some things I noticed as an Ancient Egyptian buff myself Its great to see this period of Egyptian history being tackled as there are very few historical novels set in this period To bring this princess to life does a service to highlight the roles of women in history Nefertiti seems a bit of a mouse compared to this lioness ueen Ahhotep was a name I never knew before this book Her life was a “bit” idealized in the story I realize Ahhotep had two sisters Seen was Ahhotep's brother Ahhotep had at least two daughters but what an intriguing story it made To be honest the entire novel is screenplay in its effort and depth But as I have a theater background perhaps that is why I enjoyed it as much as I did


  3. Claudia Claudia says:

    Historical fiction set in Hyksos Egypt excellent And Christian Jac wrote it even betterUnfortunately the enthusiasm I had at the thought of reading this book did not last much past the first 70 pages It then became a chore to finish as the errors and cliches builtThe rituals and religious beliefs are interesting but then Jac introduces glowing eyes moving limbs and Ahhotep's magical healing by the sun Wait when did it become a historical fantasy novel? Then there was the superstitions and fear of the 'monsters' in the desert to keep spies away from the soldiers camp while the soldiers from the same towns and villages were unafraid Historically a general or a high ranking minister could marry a Pharaoh's daughter and take over the dynasty or form a new one General Horemheb marrying the daughter of Pharaoh Ay who was King Tut's advisor and eventual successor for example It was unreasonable for a daughter of Pharaoh to marry a lowly commoner a peasant even a soldier of low rank Take as a lover possibly A husband and father of her children unlikelyOverall there were too many characters that were a cliche Apophis as well his supporters were barbaric cruel deprived and focused on crushing the Eyptian culture and people as harshly and in as brutally a manner as possible Thankfully Jac didn't go in much gory detailThe Theban royal family were all positive concerned for their people friendly clever On the other hand the heroine Ahhotep doesn't heed anyone but herself and she rushes off to perform whatever action she deems necessary without any conseuencesMany characters mostly the rebels had descriptive names like Mustache; Plump Cheeks Afghan which helped keep them clear in the readers mind because there was no other way to keep who was a rebel and who was a collaborator straight Especially since both masueraded as the otherThere are two books in the series and I just can't find the interest to continue It is rare that I read a book and once I get to the end I want my hours back But this is certainly one case


  4. Celtic& Celtic& says:

    My co worker recommended this book based on the fact that I love to read and I enjoy historical fiction Well at least this was somewhat historical in that it takes place in ancient Egypt and there was a Ahhotep The rest is definitely creative license and not all that accurate at all I won't get into the historical inaccuracies but would like to mention that while this book is historical I would definitely label it as historical fantasy This book lost all credibility as soon as the characters started using magic Do not get me wrong; I really did enjoy this book despite my background with Egyptian history This was an entertaining story and I felt myself drawn into it from the very first chapter The world building was extremely sparse and if you are not familiar with that country's landscaping then you may be at a loss of visualization The characters are very two dimensional as well and no matter what they do no matter how many people tell Ahhotep that she should not do something you can guarantee that she will do it anyways The ease in which she accomplishes her goals in her youth despite warning of all the dangers involved is almost laughable Do not even get me started on the strange names such as Long Ears donkey Mustache because well he has a mustache and Afghan because he is from you guessed it Afghanistan While some parts of this book made me cross my eyes I am looking forward to continuing the series and see what happens to Ahhotep and her family and how the author takes on the rest of her journey and that of her people


  5. Louise Louise says:

    I first read this book when it came out I was barely 10 years old at the time I was obsessed with reading and Egyptology so I borrowed it from my mom and I basically grew up with this seriesI grew up with Ahhotep and she left a very lasting memory in my pre teen brain which caused me to want to re read the series at the ripe old age of 27 Despite its flaws regarding historical accuracy which I can only imagine are voluntary given Jac’s background it remains a good story I found the style rather heavy handed at times but I am happy that I chose to re read the whole series to kick off 2020 the right way It’s a book I would advise to someone who likes Egypt and who likes stories over style


  6. Louis Louis says:

    I enjoyed the history and how the author has made the little knowledge we have of the 17th Century BC into a novel I did however find the story a little slow and predictableI likely will read the next book in the series for the historical content


  7. Terri M. Terri M. says:

    I have confessed before that I love reading historical fiction about Ancient Egypt I’m certain that repeated viewing of The Ten Commandments starring a ripped Charleton Heston and a buff Yul Brenner are the cause of this fascination I am drawn to these types of novels over and over again and years ago I encountered The Stone of Light series by Christian Jac He wove wonderful stories and I actively started seeking out his novels about Ancient Egypt which are difficult to find because they are in translationI acuired by first copy of The Empire of Darkness years ago and recall falling in love with the story I was determined to finish the series but it took some time to find the other two books in the series Once I had The War of Crowns and The Flaming Sword the set languished on my shelves In the past I have been reluctant to re read and I knew in order to get through books two and three I would need a refresher by re reading book 1In July I found out that Fantasy is More Fun and Because Reading were hosting a “Can You Read a Series in a Month?” Challenge and I thought that The ueen of Freedom Trilogy would be the perfect candidate for the Challenge I couldn’t have been wrongWhat is hard about reading books in translation is that it is hard to determine if the weakness you observe in the novel were in the original text or a due to poor translation to English or due in this case to a part of history where little is known about the cast of charactersThe entire time I read The Empire of Darkness I felt as though I was just skimming the surface The characters were one dimensional caricatures The tropes in this novel are strongI did make it through book 1 and in an effort to try and participate in the challenge I dived right into book 2 The War of Crowns I didn’t even make it through 50 pages before I started to suspect that perhaps this book was subject to a poor translation instead of being just poorly written in its native languageYou see in book one Seuen the poor boy has a faithful pet sidekick his donkey Long Ears Yeah I know the characters are not well named One of the rebels known solely as Mustache because well he has a mustache And then on page 12 of The War of the Crowns the donkey’s name is Way Finder There were also some plot elements that didn’t seem to uite match up between book one two As a result I dropped book 2 like a hot potato and marked it and book 3 as abandoned on GoodReadsI honestly have no clue what I saw in The Empire of Darkness all those years ago I can only assume that I have grown in my reading since this initial read through and expect a bit from my picks than I did in the pastThis review was originally posted on Second Run Reviews


  8. Jaslyn Jaslyn says:

    Egypt is controlled by the Hyksos who have turned Egyptians into their slaves Only Ahhotep her husband Seen and a few trusted comrades in the city of Thebes are willing to stand against the Hyksos and fight for Egypt's freedom But the Hyksos are everywhere will their plight be successful?I admit I have a soft spot for ancient Egypt The culture the beliefs I find it incredibly fascinating so I was looking forward to reading a story that was based on real people and real events The book had three main points of view that of the Hyksos that of Ahhotep and her loyal followers and that of the rebel gang The story itself that was proposed by the synopsis was a really interesting one and had so much potentiallyUnfortunately the best way to describe this book is that it was written like a dry boring textbook It was matter of fact there was no elouence nothing to get the reader excited Such potential and just wasted by terrible writing One thing that didn't gel for me was the use of magic When that popped up I was a bit like huh? because I was reading this like a historical story based on actual fact and I didn't think actual fact included magic I understand that perhaps certain events may have played out a particular way to make the characters believe magic happened but when we're talking a staff with glowing eyes or a rod growing hot and burning someone's hand it didn't uite sit right That could have entirely been because of the way the book was written like a textbook If it had been elouent and exciting then magic may well have fit right inThis book is the first book in a series called ueen of Freedom Honestly as much as I don't like leaving things unfinished I don't think I will continue this seriesRead on my blog


  9. Arielle Masters Arielle Masters says:

    This was an odd book I thought it was going to be historical fiction for adults but it was really a YA fantasyromance with a veneer of historical fictionWritten by an Egyptologist and described as a fictionalized account of an actual Egyptian princess I expected just that I was looking forward to learning about this princess and about ancient Egyptian culture I think the author delivered some of that But every now and then something was mixed in that was fantasy rather than fictionalized history or extrapolation Magic weapons A magic vase with things that glowed based on distant events and people People somehow knowing or knowing how to do things they shouldn't have Pigeons that could deliver messages between cities without apparently having been to one of the cities beforeCould have done without uite so many comments they were vague not specific thankfully about the princess's beauty and amazing body or the semi lascivious allusions to physical and sexual abuse of teen and sometimes younger? sex slaves those are particularly creepy when about teens and coming from an adult male writerWasn't thrilled Maybe if I'd been a teen and hadn't expected actual historical fiction I might have enjoyed it PS start date is approximate I don't remember exactly which day it was


  10. Gaile Gaile says:

    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 ueen Of Freedom trilogyHowever Wilbur Smith writes of the same era and I found his titles far exciting and adventurous than this book I have not finished Mr smith's series but I would rather read his than this series which was to me very boring and devoid of much excitement Certainly the romance in here was very light did end HEF and left me disappointedIf you wish to read of how Egypt defeated the Hyksos regained her power and created her great civilization I highly recommend Wilbur Smith's titles


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