"A great finale to this fascinating series"
Everyone believes the slaves built the pyramids that
housed the tombs of the Pharaohs. However, those brilliant
architectural structures were fashioned by the people who
lived in the Place of Truth, an isolated village of
artisans. The virtuosos living there used the magic of the
Stone of Light to transform anything into gold and to
convert matter into a translucent item. Though revered by
most that know them, they have a powerful enemy in General
Mehy of Thebes.
When he was younger, Mehy tried to join the Place of
Truth, but was rejected for not meeting the standard
required of all the residents. He has held a grudge ever
since and now has an inside person trying to steal the
Stone of Light for him. Mehy is clever as he works behind
the scenes so no trace exists to him if something goes
wrong. Still he does everything he can to weaken the power
base of those who run the Place of Truth, but even with his
Machiavellian ways can he prevail over one of Egypt's most
The fourth and final novel in the Place of Truth series
is as magically powerful as the previous three tales. The
leader of this small village of people answering a noble
cause is a hero setting an example of honor and loyalty
instead of hedonism and vanity for his fellow residents.
The villain is obsessed, but works his ruses behind a veil
of safety. Christian Jacq completes his classy Ancient
Egypt quartet with another triumph that will gratify future
audiences for eras.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 3, 2001