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Within the temple of Abydos, an acacia tree is dying... And through it, all Egypt is threatened. For this tree sprang forth from the tomb of the god Osiris, as proof of his triumph over death. Watered and fed on milk by the priests of the temple, the acacia is the guarantee of happiness on earth. Its withering means that great powers are conspiring to destroy Egypt. The phar Within the temple of Abydos, an acacia tree is dying... And through it, all Egypt is threatened. For this tree sprang forth from the tomb of the god Osiris, as proof of his triumph over death. Watered and fed on milk by the priests of the temple, the acacia is the guarantee of happiness on earth. Its withering means that great powers are conspiring to destroy Egypt. The pharaoh Sesotris III immediately joins battle against the invisible enemy who wishes to lead Egypt to her doom. But within the pharaoh's closest circle hides a traitor, a man who dreams of unlimited power a man who will sell himself to the powers of darkness in order to achieve his aim. A young apprentice scribe, Iker, becomes an unwilling player in this mystery. Kidnapped by sailors who refer darkly to a 'state secret', Iker does not know who is trying to kill him, nor indeed who is trying to protect him. Haunted by a vision of a beautiful priestess, Iker senses that someone is guiding or manipulating him; that he has set out on a path whose end he does not know. Will the two of them, Iker and Sesostris, the weak man and the strong, suceed in preventing Osiris dying for the last time - and suceed in saving Egypt?


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Within the temple of Abydos, an acacia tree is dying... And through it, all Egypt is threatened. For this tree sprang forth from the tomb of the god Osiris, as proof of his triumph over death. Watered and fed on milk by the priests of the temple, the acacia is the guarantee of happiness on earth. Its withering means that great powers are conspiring to destroy Egypt. The phar Within the temple of Abydos, an acacia tree is dying... And through it, all Egypt is threatened. For this tree sprang forth from the tomb of the god Osiris, as proof of his triumph over death. Watered and fed on milk by the priests of the temple, the acacia is the guarantee of happiness on earth. Its withering means that great powers are conspiring to destroy Egypt. The pharaoh Sesotris III immediately joins battle against the invisible enemy who wishes to lead Egypt to her doom. But within the pharaoh's closest circle hides a traitor, a man who dreams of unlimited power a man who will sell himself to the powers of darkness in order to achieve his aim. A young apprentice scribe, Iker, becomes an unwilling player in this mystery. Kidnapped by sailors who refer darkly to a 'state secret', Iker does not know who is trying to kill him, nor indeed who is trying to protect him. Haunted by a vision of a beautiful priestess, Iker senses that someone is guiding or manipulating him; that he has set out on a path whose end he does not know. Will the two of them, Iker and Sesostris, the weak man and the strong, suceed in preventing Osiris dying for the last time - and suceed in saving Egypt?

30 review for The Tree of Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ghitescu Florentina

    O carte care începe bine dar apoi se dovedește prea lunga. Autorul știe bine subiectul fiind un expert in egiptologie. Pare sa fi trăit acolo. Am citit multe alte carti in timpul lecturii cartii. A fost lectura mea de plaja anul acesta. Vara s-a încheiat asa ca trebuia sa termin si eu cartea. Pentru cineva pasionat de subiect este un adevărat festin: ești introdus in mistere.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Raksuttaja

    Oh my. I started this one with high hopes of a good or even excellent story for couple of my friends absolutely love his books. Well, my hopes were instantly crushed. At first I thought that the author had actually grabbed something truly interesting and that was the reason why the story was that, umm, politely put, different, but then as the book went on, it became clear that it was only boring, jumping around, not really getting anywhere.. Waste of my time, really, but I made it through. I hav Oh my. I started this one with high hopes of a good or even excellent story for couple of my friends absolutely love his books. Well, my hopes were instantly crushed. At first I thought that the author had actually grabbed something truly interesting and that was the reason why the story was that, umm, politely put, different, but then as the book went on, it became clear that it was only boring, jumping around, not really getting anywhere.. Waste of my time, really, but I made it through. I haven't been more happy about ending of a book. Ever.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Personally I found this book very disappointing. The main character was unrelatable, the plot couldn't seem to choose between historical realism and myth and was far too convoluted and contrived. Senusret overcomes the governors far too easily. No one's speech flowed or felt natural. And the information regarding the rituals and magic felt like it had been put there merely to show off the author's knowledge of Ancient Egypt. I'm afraid this book felt more like a rough story with as many facts ab Personally I found this book very disappointing. The main character was unrelatable, the plot couldn't seem to choose between historical realism and myth and was far too convoluted and contrived. Senusret overcomes the governors far too easily. No one's speech flowed or felt natural. And the information regarding the rituals and magic felt like it had been put there merely to show off the author's knowledge of Ancient Egypt. I'm afraid this book felt more like a rough story with as many facts about Ancient Egypt stuffed in than a well written story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anto_s1977

    Iker, il protagonista di questa storia, è un aspirante scriba. Il giovane è rimasto orfano ed è stato accolto ed istruito da un vecchio, generoso scriba. Poi, all'improvviso, Iker viene rapito, condotto su una nave maestosa pronto per essere sacrificato al dio del mare. Quando ormai è sicuro di morire, il mare si ribella al sacrificio umano, determinando il naufragio della nave e la morte di tutto l'equipaggio. Iker, invece, è salvo, ma si trova su un'isola apparentemente deserta in cui è oggett Iker, il protagonista di questa storia, è un aspirante scriba. Il giovane è rimasto orfano ed è stato accolto ed istruito da un vecchio, generoso scriba. Poi, all'improvviso, Iker viene rapito, condotto su una nave maestosa pronto per essere sacrificato al dio del mare. Quando ormai è sicuro di morire, il mare si ribella al sacrificio umano, determinando il naufragio della nave e la morte di tutto l'equipaggio. Iker, invece, è salvo, ma si trova su un'isola apparentemente deserta in cui è oggetto di visioni sconcertanti che gli preannunciano un importante compito da svolgere. Iker è salvato da un'altra imbarcazione e assiste, sconcertato, alla sparizione dell'isola su cui era approdato. Il giovane inizia un lungo viaggio di ritorno, ma, purtroppo, il vecchio scriba che l'aveva allevato, è ormai morto e il sindaco si è appropriato di tutti i beni dell'uomo. Ormai solo e senza mezzi, Iker è costretto ad intraprendere un altro viaggio che lo condurrà attraverso tutto l'Egitto in cerca del proprio destino e sulle tracce di chi ha voluto fargli del male. Intanto il faraone Sosestri III è alle prese con grossi problemi, l'acacia di Abido, l'albero della vita, che assicura la sopravvivenza dell'Egitto, sta appassendo; è necessario invocare gli dei e riunificare il territorio. Essendo il primo volume della saga, il finale è aperto, anche se si intuisce abbastanza bene che i due personaggi principali saranno destinati a incontrarsi e scontrarsi... Non è che mi abbia molto coinvolta questa storia, quindi non so se soddisferò mai la curiosità su questo incontro/scontro. Molto probabilmente per me, i misteri di Osiride rimarranno tali!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marika zappa

    Era un secolo (e non sto scherzando) che non leggevo qualcosa di suo, e sono rimasta piacevolmente sorpresa nel ritrovare quello stile di scrittura che mi piaceva tanto anche nei suoi libri precedenti. Preso per mera curiosità devo dire che l'ho apprezzato, adesso dovrò recuperare anche gli altri libri appartenenti alle serie. In queste pagine ci ritroviamo come di consueto catapultati nel regno dell'antico Egitto, tra miti e leggende tipici dell'epoca. Il protagonista è un giovane di nome Iker, c Era un secolo (e non sto scherzando) che non leggevo qualcosa di suo, e sono rimasta piacevolmente sorpresa nel ritrovare quello stile di scrittura che mi piaceva tanto anche nei suoi libri precedenti. Preso per mera curiosità devo dire che l'ho apprezzato, adesso dovrò recuperare anche gli altri libri appartenenti alle serie. In queste pagine ci ritroviamo come di consueto catapultati nel regno dell'antico Egitto, tra miti e leggende tipici dell'epoca. Il protagonista è un giovane di nome Iker, che sogna di diventare scriba, ma che deve affrontare un destino avverso prima di riuscire a coronare il suo sogno. Numerose sono le avventure che lo aspettano e lo segnano nel corso della sua giovane vita, che si incrocerà sia con quella del faraone Sestori, impegnato a salvare l'acacia del Dio Osiride, che con quella di una giovane sacerdotessa del tempio del culto di Abido. Per come si conclude questo primo libro ora sono davvero curiosa di vedere come la storia proseguirà in quelli successivi. Scrittura scorrevole che cattura fin da subito il lettore, libro consigliato anche a chi non ha mai letto i suoi libri e agli amanti della storia e del popolo egizio, della sua cultura e dei suoi miti e leggende.

  6. 4 out of 5

    tivasyk

    що сказати… пригодницький роман у (псевдо)-історичному контексті для підлітків середнього шкільного віку. в зрілому віці читати це… вже якось не дуже цікаво, м'яко кажучи — особливо якщо чи то автор, чи то перекладач настільки недбало поставився до мови: ну які у стародавньому єгипті могли йти розмови про імунітет? кілограми та літри? години, врешті-решт? коротше кажучи, якщо комусь таки сподобається це — раджу негайно читати щось на кшалт «на краю ойкумени» єфремова. що сказати… пригодницький роман у (псевдо)-історичному контексті для підлітків середнього шкільного віку. в зрілому віці читати це… вже якось не дуже цікаво, м'яко кажучи — особливо якщо чи то автор, чи то перекладач настільки недбало поставився до мови: ну які у стародавньому єгипті могли йти розмови про імунітет? кілограми та літри? години, врешті-решт? коротше кажучи, якщо комусь таки сподобається це — раджу негайно читати щось на кшалт «на краю ойкумени» єфремова.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Bon, j'avais le souvenir de Christian Jacq comme un grand d'auteur d'egyptologie... Et finalement c'est seulement de la littérature ado "egyptiannisé". Nous sommes en univers pharaonique mais c'est un scénario mille fois vu : un jeune de rien du tout qui accède à des secrets d'état et ésotériques (tout en tombant amoureux et en gravissant les échelons sociaux sous fonds d'intrigues royales). Les méchants sont très méchants et les gentils sont très gentils et incorruptibles. Pas le meilleur. Bon, j'avais le souvenir de Christian Jacq comme un grand d'auteur d'egyptologie... Et finalement c'est seulement de la littérature ado "egyptiannisé". Nous sommes en univers pharaonique mais c'est un scénario mille fois vu : un jeune de rien du tout qui accède à des secrets d'état et ésotériques (tout en tombant amoureux et en gravissant les échelons sociaux sous fonds d'intrigues royales). Les méchants sont très méchants et les gentils sont très gentils et incorruptibles. Pas le meilleur.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eleonora Furlan

    Non so ancora bene come interpretare questo libro. Nonostante questo genere di romanzi mi piacciano molto, questo volume non mi ha convinto molto. Estremamente lento a partire, con pochissimi picchi di dinamicità. Forse è questo ciò che non mi ha convinto pienamente in questa storia. Senza tener conto di un protagonista estremamente sfortunato, fin troppo perseguitato dalla sfortuna e dalla fortuna al tempo stesso.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Book 1 of 4 in the Osiris series. So far only OK. The topic is interesting (ancient Egypt always is) but the writing is stilted, sentences short, choppy and repetitious. Could be the translation but I don't know for sure. Yes I'll finish the other 3 books. But none of Jacq's other books, including this one, are as good as his Ramses series or his Stone of Light series - too bad. Book 1 of 4 in the Osiris series. So far only OK. The topic is interesting (ancient Egypt always is) but the writing is stilted, sentences short, choppy and repetitious. Could be the translation but I don't know for sure. Yes I'll finish the other 3 books. But none of Jacq's other books, including this one, are as good as his Ramses series or his Stone of Light series - too bad.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dalia

    Es el libro de Jacq, que hasta el momento me está gustando más, la trama es interesante y se desarrolla fluida. Quedo con ganas de saber qué hará Iker, y si los dioses lo seguirán protegiendo ahora que cree que el faraón es su enemigo

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dominik Golob

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Houda Barhoumi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Un super voyage dans le temps de l'Égypte antique. Un mélange d'histoire, de mythologie et de drame. Hâte de finir la saga Un super voyage dans le temps de l'Égypte antique. Un mélange d'histoire, de mythologie et de drame. Hâte de finir la saga

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie Lebreton

    not captivating

  14. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    2.5

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christian Breinholt

    Be aware this book cannot not be read as a stand alone book. it has no ending and you will have to decide on accepting that you have vasted the time or to invest more. The spiritual part is full of elements in contradiction to science. One should think that the individuals are under influence of narcotics or it has nothing to do with ancient Egypt.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Nu dau cu usurinta o stea unei carti - de cele mai multe ori gasesc o calitate in paginile citite (un personaj remarcabil, stil narativ memorabil, un pasaj cu care rezonez profund). Cu toata durerea, trebuie sa spun ca nu am gasit NIMIC in acest roman - personajul principal este conturat intr-un mod putin credibil, apare ca o victima perfecta, persecutat de semenii sai pentru calitatile extraordinare; personajele in general au profunzimea unei copii de carton, stilul narativ sec imi roade incet- Nu dau cu usurinta o stea unei carti - de cele mai multe ori gasesc o calitate in paginile citite (un personaj remarcabil, stil narativ memorabil, un pasaj cu care rezonez profund). Cu toata durerea, trebuie sa spun ca nu am gasit NIMIC in acest roman - personajul principal este conturat intr-un mod putin credibil, apare ca o victima perfecta, persecutat de semenii sai pentru calitatile extraordinare; personajele in general au profunzimea unei copii de carton, stilul narativ sec imi roade incet-incet nervii iar amestecul istoriei cu mitul se face intr-un stil copilaros si lipsit de consecventa. Durerea mea e accentuata de faptul ca seria are o importanta sentimentala pentru mine - am cumparat-o in 2004, de la primul meu targ de carte Gaudeamus. Acum nu pot decat sa ma gandesc ca trebuie sa scap de ea!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Briana Cunningham

    I was really intrigued by the first half of this book because of all the cloak-and-dagger consipiracies going on in ancient egypt, and for the acurracy of the historical ways of the egyptians and their mythology. Unfortunately the theme of conspiracy got old REALLY quick and eventually I just wanted this book to end. The characters are not well developed so you don't really care what happens to them after awhile. I wouldn't really recommend it if you're looking for adventure. Mystery lovers migh I was really intrigued by the first half of this book because of all the cloak-and-dagger consipiracies going on in ancient egypt, and for the acurracy of the historical ways of the egyptians and their mythology. Unfortunately the theme of conspiracy got old REALLY quick and eventually I just wanted this book to end. The characters are not well developed so you don't really care what happens to them after awhile. I wouldn't really recommend it if you're looking for adventure. Mystery lovers might find it more entertaining than I did.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Louise Sparrow

    Fantastic series for anyone who loves the legends of Ancient Egypt. This is a fantasy novel in which all of the rituals and magic in the ancient texts come true, and the forces of good and evil battle for control. It's an adventure and a romance and something quite different to what you might expect. The style of writing makes you feel like you're reading a legend, there is a beautiful quality to it and that goes for all four books. Fantastic series for anyone who loves the legends of Ancient Egypt. This is a fantasy novel in which all of the rituals and magic in the ancient texts come true, and the forces of good and evil battle for control. It's an adventure and a romance and something quite different to what you might expect. The style of writing makes you feel like you're reading a legend, there is a beautiful quality to it and that goes for all four books.

  19. 4 out of 5

    David

    A tale about an apprentice scribe kidnapped in ancient Egypt. I liked the gentle pace of the tale and how Iker's life develops in a series of unexpected events. The writer nicely captures the Gods of ancient Egypt, their relationship with their animal representatives on earth and the people's beliefs. There's a good promise of more to come and definitely an interesting tale. Perhaps too many names starting with S that it did get a bit confusing at times. A tale about an apprentice scribe kidnapped in ancient Egypt. I liked the gentle pace of the tale and how Iker's life develops in a series of unexpected events. The writer nicely captures the Gods of ancient Egypt, their relationship with their animal representatives on earth and the people's beliefs. There's a good promise of more to come and definitely an interesting tale. Perhaps too many names starting with S that it did get a bit confusing at times.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jerome

    I enjoyed this book. As I read it I felt like the author was constantly saying "this is the story that I'm telling you, but that's not really what I'm saying". I think I need to read a few more of his books. I don't know much about Egypt or it's religion/history. But now I think I would like to know more. I enjoyed this book. As I read it I felt like the author was constantly saying "this is the story that I'm telling you, but that's not really what I'm saying". I think I need to read a few more of his books. I don't know much about Egypt or it's religion/history. But now I think I would like to know more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Alley

    In this series Christian Jacq excels. He presents the nuts and bolts of Egyptian religion and belief against a background of an incredible storyline unbelievably well. I love historical novels when they're well done and this one was spectacular. In this series Christian Jacq excels. He presents the nuts and bolts of Egyptian religion and belief against a background of an incredible storyline unbelievably well. I love historical novels when they're well done and this one was spectacular.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angie Ciantar

    Don't get the rating wrong... all Jacq's books are great but I read all his works almost and now the plots have become so predictable it becomes slightly boring, in fact I don't think I'll read the rest of the series. Don't get the rating wrong... all Jacq's books are great but I read all his works almost and now the plots have become so predictable it becomes slightly boring, in fact I don't think I'll read the rest of the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    The start of another excellent series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    São

    lido em português: "A Arvore da Vida" lido em português: "A Arvore da Vida"

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mariana

    It was boring.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nataša Vidic

    I enjoyed

  27. 4 out of 5

    Oli

    If you like Egyptian times, you'll like this book and get attached to Iker (or hate him, because he seems perfect haha) If you like Egyptian times, you'll like this book and get attached to Iker (or hate him, because he seems perfect haha)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Clairester

    The book was such an exciting start but was very disappointing ending in that it just didn't close the story properly, just felt cheated The book was such an exciting start but was very disappointing ending in that it just didn't close the story properly, just felt cheated

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aisultan Nematov

    Simply best thing that I have read. Became a reason of my affection to Jacq's art! Great description of life, place and characters. Was like watching a movie while reading! Simply best thing that I have read. Became a reason of my affection to Jacq's art! Great description of life, place and characters. Was like watching a movie while reading!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sportyrod

    Brilliant read. I like that the protagonist is more brains than brawn. A good mystery unfolding and very exciting.

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