What readers and reviewers are saying about The Throne of Osiris...
"In Bolesław Prus’s exciting historical novel The Throne of Osiris, a pharaoh establishes himself as a ruler in ancient Egypt. [The story] follows the rise and fall of Ramses XIII.
Ramses is a headstrong prince who struggles against cultural and religious obstacles while making his way to power in the eleventh century BCE. His consort, Sara, is a Hebrew, and their relationship is complicated by historical antagonism between their people.
Ramses is locked in a struggle for dominance with the priest Herihor, who imposes limitations on his efforts to rule with rationality and to better the lives of his subjects.
The book’s descriptions of land, clothing, rituals, and the economics of ancient Egypt are rich and detailed. Despite the seriousness of its themes and the density of its historical context, the book is light enough on its feet to enjoy throughout.
- Foreword Clarion Reviews ★★★★
"This new translation of a historical novel focuses on an Egyptian prince in the 11th century B.C.E. This work, translated by Meissner, maintains both the tone and pace of an age-old epic. The story makes for an insightful, sometimes unexpected look at a past world. It also sheds light on the time in which it was written. The original book by Prus was published in Polish in the 1800s. Readers are left with what amounts to a unique look at two bygone eras. ...
[A] vivid *(thought provoking) tale about ancient Egypt."
- Kirkus Reviews