Lord of the Two Lands

Lord of the Two Lands In B C Egypt lay under the yoke of Persia ruled by Governors appointed by the King of Kings in Persis And in the Temple of Amon in Thebes dwelt the only living child of Nectanebo the last fully

  • Title: Lord of the Two Lands
  • Author: Judith Tarr
  • ISBN: 9780812520781
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 336 B.C Egypt lay under the yoke of Persia, ruled by Governors appointed by the King of Kings in Persis And in the Temple of Amon in Thebes dwelt the only living child of Nectanebo, the last fully Egyptian Pharaoh, who had been defeated in battle and slain by Darius s servantsBut from the north a spirit of fire was moving across the World A great warrior and generalIn 336 B.C Egypt lay under the yoke of Persia, ruled by Governors appointed by the King of Kings in Persis And in the Temple of Amon in Thebes dwelt the only living child of Nectanebo, the last fully Egyptian Pharaoh, who had been defeated in battle and slain by Darius s servantsBut from the north a spirit of fire was moving across the World A great warrior and general, the king of Macedonia, had risen to rule the Hellenic city states Now he was determined to challenge the might of the Persian Empire, to engage Darius himself in battle, and to defeat him He was called Alexander, and the priests of Amon in Egypt saw that he was destined to rule their ancient land.So they sent Meriamon, Beloved of Amon, daughter of Pharaoh, Singer and Priestess of the God, up from Egypt to the Plains of Issus, where a great battle had been fought, and the Persian king defeated There she was to find Alexander, and persuade him to turn from the straight Eastward road and come south where the double crown of Egypt awaited him LORD OF THE TWO LANDS is firmly based in the history of Alexander the Great, and then steeped in the rich, sun drenched magics of ancient Egypt It will transport you back to the time of heroes, when one man changed the face of the world.

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    1. Judith Tarr is a well known author within the SF/F community but I don’t think she has ever quite attained the broader recognition her books deserve. My favorite of her work is Lord of the Two Lands, a fantastical alternate history of Alexander the Great moving into Egypt. The main character, an Egyptian priestess named Meriamon, is sent as a lure, omen, and diplomat into the heart of the invading Greek army. What makes Tarr brilliant is her writing style: she uses short, punchy, fragmentary s [...]

    2. What does Lord of the Two Lands offer the reader? Let’s see:In 336 BC, Egypt lay under the yoke of Persia but from the north, a spirit of fire was moving across the world. A great general, the king of Macedonia, had risen to challenge the might of Persia. He was called Alexander, and the priests of Amon in Egypt saw that he was born to rule their ancient land. So they sent Meriamon, daughter of Pharaoh, Singer and Priestess to find Alexander and persuade him to turn from the straight Eastward [...]

    3. This is the book that made me a Judith Tarr addict. An Egyptian priestess princess joins the army of Alexander the Great as a healer, and to persuade him to drive out Egypt's Persian occupiers. Meriamon has a spirit familiar who has stayed in my mind longer than most of the flesh-and-blood characters around Alexander.2015 Reading: I do so love this book. I started listening to the audio version and found it not up to my standards (flat and nasal), so I reread the print version. My favorite fanta [...]

    4. I had read one book by Judith Tarr before this, Lady of Horses--and it wasn't a happy experience. I was most irked by it being one of those stories that thinks creating a strong female character means making almost every male character a jerk, and the novel struck me as more feminist pre-history propaganda than plausible historical fiction. I also remembered the style (especially the sex scenes) as rather graceless. Yet I'd heard good things about Judith Tarr as a historical novelist over the ye [...]

    5. Great book. The battles were well written about, the intensity of Alexander was easily perceived and the love story adds a sense of balance. I loved when they came upon the place where Alexandria was going to be built, as well as the magic of Egypt guiding them into the dessert.

    6. Look at Alexander's conquest of Egypt (they asked him for help, actually) through the fictional character of a young Egyptian priestess sent to assure his success.

    7. This is really historical fantasy, because the heroine, Meriamon, has a sort of guardian spirit she calls her shadow which accompanies her everywhere. She is the daughter of Nectanebo, the last Egyptian pharaoh, who was overthrown by the Persian empire. She travels north to join Alexander the Great's retinue to convince him to come to Egypt and free them from the Persians. Alexander is a very likeable, smart, charismatic leader. Meriamon is frustrated at his dawdling in Tyre, trying to conquer t [...]

    8. Good historical fiction that I just had a very hard time getting into. At times, it seems this tale would have been better told as a short story or as a lyric poem. The fiction layered upon the story of Alexander the Great and his role in Egypt were fascinating but explored in very subtle depths.

    9. You'd have no reason to know it yet, but I really enjoy Gail Carriger as an author. She writes laugh-out-loud funny steampunk books with big hearts. She blogs, too. And not too long ago, she gave out a couple of recommendations for historical fiction that isn't as well known as it should be. Judith Tarr's Lord of the Two Lands was one. Lord of the Two Lands follows Alexander the Great in Egypt. Gail highlighted a small excerpt from the text that involved a cat. And it's available as a pretty ine [...]

    10. This was such a satisfying book. Alexander's fate is the focus for the plot of the book, of course, but Meriamon/Mariamne is far more the center and soul of the whole story, even as she (as slightly unreliable narrator) doesn't want to see herself in such a role of power.The characters surrounding Alexander and Meriamon are fascinating in and off themselves, from Alexander's love Hephaistion (I really enjoyed the way that Meriamon never really was on his radar because his whole focus is on Alexa [...]

    11. An enjoyable, page-turning read. As someone who finds it depressing when Egypt ceased to be ruled by Egyptian pharaohs (however bad they were), the idea that the gods of Egypt have decided that Alexander is to be the next pharaoh was particularly lovely. The characters are enjoyable, and fascinating, though I do want slightly more from them than I get. Particularly Hephaistion – I'd read a whole novel about him and Alexander. There probably is one, but I don't really know where to start lookin [...]

    12. I've loved books about Egypt since I was 11; loved books about magic even longer; loved Greek myths and stories somewhere in between. But even more, I've always wanted to read stories of strong girls and women, and we get all of this in this novel. Merit-Amon is a singer, priestess, and technically a sorceress-- but only if you use Greek classifications, which she does not. She is also a princess of Egypt, but that's more of an afterthought for her (although not for anyone else). Alexander the G [...]

    13. This is the story of Meriamon, a fictitious priestess sent to bring Alexander the Great to Egypt so that he can become Pharaoh and free the country from Persian occupation. The best part of the book is Meriamon's voice - she knows her own mind, she doesn't worry too much about what anyone else thinks, and she is astringently entertaining on the subject of men, Greeks, soldiers, and everything else in her world. I rated the book four stars and not five because the rest of the book is a little fla [...]

    14. My daughter read this book some years ago and didn't like it so I took her advice until I was packing for a cruise and thought I should take a paperback to read on a beach or at any time I didn't want to use my Kindle. I chose this one because it was a small trade paperback. I have to agree with my daughter and wished I'd not bothered reading it. It wasn't terrible, just not really worth the time. Several times I thought of just quitting, but it was just interesting enough to keep going, but it' [...]

    15. Finally is done. I have been a Judith Tarr fan for years, but this is definitely not my favorite. I put it down for several months at a time before picking it up again. I rarely give up on books and am glad I finished it, but the siege of Tyre almost got the best of me. The last third of the book moved more quickly and, for me, was the page-turning part other reviewers wrote about. No more Egyptian stuff for me for a while!

    16. I read this. I did not object to reading it. I did not object to finishing it and moving on to the next book on the shelf.B. loves this book, and I can totally see why; there are several elements about it (female narrator, gay characters, interesting magic system) that I should adore, but it did not hit me where I live. I'm not really sure why.

    17. A magical retelling of Alexander the Great, through the eyes of an Egyptian woman. I love Tarr’s writing and this was a really engrossing way to tell the story of Alexander’s Egyptian campaign. I was surprised by certain elements, especially the romance, but the delighted surprise of a pleased reader.

    18. As a story of Alexander's conquests in and on the road to Egypt, this book is excellent, and it does a good job with the culture and period details as well. I enjoyed most of the characters at the beginning, but some of them didn't age as well toward the end of the book, and the occult stuff, while interesting, got in the way of events later on as well. The history interested me far more.

    19. The story of Alexander and his defeat of the Persian empire. Meriamon of Egypt tries to persuade Alexander to come to Egypt and rule two lands. Interesting, but I wasn't in the mood to sift through all the history.

    20. I've reread this book a lot, mostly for the lovely Alexander/Hephaistion bits, which cover the time period Mary Renault skipped in her novels. I also enjoyed Meriamon's story, but mostly I loved it for the Alexander/Hephaistion.

    21. An interesting novel. Slow moving at times, but a good view of transition between the rule of the Pharaohs of Egypt, to the Pharaohs from Macedon.

    22. Tarr is not Mary Renault, but this view of Alexander is just as good as Renault's FIRE FROM HEAVEN trilogy. Read years ago, still cherished.

    23. Really good, but it did start to drag and get a bit vague in the middle. The ending was also abrupt and kind of lacking.

    24. Great.Good as usual,Alexander's life became alive and I felt some of the power he surely had.Such a short life but so interesting.

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