Set in the Ptolemaic era the story revolves around the survival of a dynastic bloodline protected by the Priesthood of Isis. Harmachis, the last living descendent of this bloodline, is charged by the Priesthood with the overthrow of Cleopatra, the ejection of the Romans, and the restoration of Egypt to it's golden age.
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"Well, there was nothing more to find, and now that the excitement was over, what between the heat, the exertion, and the smell of mummy dust and spices, I felt more dead than alive.
"I am tired of writing, and this ship rolls. This letter, of course, goes overland, and I am coming by 'long sea,' but I hope to be in London within ten days after you get it. Then I will tell you of my pleasing experiences in the course of the ascent from the tomb- chamber, and of how that prince of rascals, Ali Baba, and his thieves tried to frighten me into handing over the papyri, and how I worsted them. Then, too, we will get the rolls deciphered. I expect that they only contain the usual thing, copies of the 'Book of the Dead,' but there /may/ be something else in them. Needless to say, I did not narrate this little adventure in Egypt, or I should have had the Boulac Museum people on my track. Good-bye, 'Mafish Fineesh,' as Ali Baba always said."
In due course, my frien
If a book can leave its imprint on your mind, your thoughts, your being, this is it. Haunting characters of Hermachis, Cleopatra, Charmion, Mark Antony, terrific. If a book can leave you agonized of sorts, this is it. I must have read it a dozen times, perhaps, read it a dozen more; fantastic score! Oh yeah it is fantastic score as in music. This book is music. Delectable. Leaves you crazy, yearning for more!
The beginning of this book was rather ponderous since the main character was constantly moaning about his sad fate and he will tell us about it later; however, the middle to end of the book really picks up. The romances and avengings and revengings amidst the historical Egypt was quite enjoyable.
The best book I've ever read! And the one that, over 30 years ago, got me hooked on Sir Henry Rider Haggard. No novel has ever moved me more!