The Age of Ra (Pantheon 01) by James Lovegrove

Summary (from Goodreads)

The Ancient Egyptian gods have defeated all the other pantheons and claimed dominion over the earth, dividing it into warring factions. Lt. David Westwynter, a British soldier, stumbles into Freegypt, the only place to have remained independent of the gods’ influence. There, he encounters the followers of a humanist leader known as the Lightbringer, who has vowed to rid mankind of gods and their shackles. As the world heads towards an apocalyptic battle, there is far more to this freedom fighter than it seems…

My impressions:

I didn’t have high expectations concerning this one but while reading it I found several features which made me impressed. First of all the author’s knowledge concerning Egyptian gods. I am hardly an expert so perhaps a real Egyptologist would spot a mistake or two; still for a lay person who has just read several books concerning the topic Lovegrove’s take of the Egyptian pantheon was simply spot-on. I don’t only think here about the names and attributes but also about the way of thinking and very human emotions Ra, Set, Nephtys, Osiris and Isis displayed.

The other asset was the weaponry, a clever mixture of old and new technologies, and, overall, the fighting scenes, very dynamic and interesting to read. If only the same could be said about the characters…

Sad but true: neither David Westwynter nor Lightbringer nor Zaphirah could be called three-dimensional or well-rounded. Their development never seemed plausible to me and I found them generally a tad too underwhelming. What’s more, the ending was simply laughable, with a cop-out chasing another cop-out as if Lovegrove couldn’t wait to finish this one. Pity, because at some point, right at the beginning, I was hoping the author would defy at least some cliches. Still the cover art is really good.

Final verdict:

An original idea but the execution I found rather so-so; I would recommend this one mainly to fans of military action who also like ancient history and gods. For me it was, unfortunately, only ‘meh’

Rating icon. A hairless cat is wearing a santa hat and a sour expression. On the hat reads: meh.

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4 Responses to The Age of Ra (Pantheon 01) by James Lovegrove

  1. heidenkind says:

    Sounds like it would make a better movie than a book

  2. Carole Rae says:

    Gah. I had hope here.

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