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This is quite a long book, and really could have been enormously improved by being cut in half and having all the rather pointless philosophical waffle removed. The author really seemed to love the sound of his own voice - or in this case the scratching of his own pen..
It you can manage to remain conscious throughout the first 20%, which is dull in the extreme, the story itself becomes excellent and compelling. It has very good characters, excellent attention to detail and consistency, and good historical accuracy considering it was written around 100 years ago.
Although I skimmed over pages and pages at a time of dull and irrelevent discussions I would recommend the book if you like Egyptian historical novels.
Seemed to be factual and historical fiction concerning Egypt and its pharaoh Ramses, along with his daughter and son, a priest, a pioneer and various other characters types which are typical/realistic of that period in Egypt. I finished the book, and sometimes it was slow go, but it was recommended for 8th-12th "grade" students wtih a curriculum choice for history and biblical history that I am using and I don't think my oldest will enjoy this particular book yet. I would rate it due to complex plots and sentence structure for more of a late high school grade level. So, maybe I'll assign it later when the said child is older.
The book starts out slowly, filling out the various characters and subplots that will be extended upon the main conflcit, and which all characters will be involved. Once you knew where the story was headed, it became more enjoyable to read(think half way through the book). All in all, I'll give it three stars and would recommend it to older students and most adults who like realistic hisotrical fiction.