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17th century B.C. The barbaric Hyksos have taken possession of the whole of Egypt, imposing their harsh rule with unimaginable cruelty. Only Queen Ahhotep has yet to succumb. Not far from Thebes, the only city which retains its independence, she has established a secret military base to train the soliders who will one day set her country free. And even when, during an initial skirmish, her husband is killed, the Queen refuses to give in, turning instead to her eldest son, Kames, who must learn to take his father's place and become pharaoh in his turn. Heading an increasingly powerful army, Ahhotep steals victory after victory, despite the treacherous behaviour of a handful of 'collaborators'. From south to rth, the Egyptians begin to re-group, becoming stronger by the day - and the occupying forces longer seem quite so invincible. Unless Queen Ahhotep and her followers are being lured into the most elaborate of traps ...
Born in Paris in 1947, Christian Jacq is one of the world's leading Egyptologists. He is the author of many novels on Ancient Egypt, including the bestselling RAMSES series and THE MYSTERIES OF OSIRIS series. His novels have sold more than 27 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 30 languages. Christian Jacq lives in Switzerland.