Pharaoh : A Novel of Ancient Egypt
Pharaoh: A Novel of Ancient Egypt by Wilbur Smith is a fictionalized account of how Ramesses became Pharoah of Egypt. The story is breathtakingly grand, vivid in its telling, and the world is alive with magic and divinity. History gets twisted as we mingle the beliefs of the Egyptians with those of Ancient Greece (or Lacedaemonia), and we see just how intertwined the two nations really were. The rich action, the poetic tales, and the honest voice of the narrator make it easy for one to slip away into the exotic landscape and become lost. Mr. Smith outdoes himself, luring the reader in and not allowing them to leave until the story is finished. His work truly reflects a highly detailed and thorough research of his subject matter, which only enhances his story rather than bog it down with facts. The names and locations are all accurate, and so it’s hard to remember that this main story is truly fiction and not the real historical account. I highly recommend this book and plan to reread it as soon as possible. I cannot get enough of Pharaoh, and I look forward to reading other works by Mr. Smith.