Ousted from their most recent archaeological dig and banned forever from the Valley of the Kings, the Emersons are spending a quiet summer at home in Kent, England, when a mysterious messenger arrives. Claiming to be the teenage brother of their dear friend Tarek, he brings troubling news of a strange malady that has struck down Tarek's heir and conveys his brother's urgent need for help only the Emersons can provide.
The family sets off in secret for the mountain fortress from which they narrowly escaped 10 years before. The Emersons are unaware that deception and treachery are leading them onward into a nest of vipers, where a dreadful fate may await. For young Ramses, forced to keep his growing love for the beautiful Nefret secret, temptation along the way may prove his ultimate undoing. And a dark past and grim obligation has ensnared Nefret once again, as she is helpless to save those she loves most from the prison of the Lost Oasis.
Rich with suspense, surprises, unforgettable characters, and the intoxicating atmosphere that has earned her the coveted title of Grand Master two times over, the remarkable Elizabeth Peters proves once again that, in the world of historical adventure fiction, she is truly without peer.
Don't miss the rest of the Amelia Peabody series.
©2004 Elizabeth Peters; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Peters, as her many accolades would suggest, knows precisely what she is doing as she spins a tale of romance, derring-do, bravery, and, of course, deceptions, betrayals, and disguises in the classic tradition of H. Rider Haggard, if with tongue often in cheek." (Publishers Weekly)
"A highly entertaining entry in a series that continues to delight." (Booklist)
Many more than three chears for Elizabeth Peters and Guardian of the Horizon. Almost as much fun as the book itself is the intro by the "editor" of Amelia Peabody's journals. And the use of "Manuscript H" written by Ramses. In this story they go back to the hidden valley per a perported request by King Tarreg (not sure of spelling of his name). As usual, Peabody and her parasol get into the thick of things, which aren't as expected. Emerson sputters and plays his excellent roll as "Father of Curses". Ramses is a grown son, but not yet married. He is still in a quandry over whether or not to tell Nefrett that he loves her, as David keeps urging. The "Master Criminal" plays an important role as well. Lots of intrigue and parasol weilding and good laughs. I highly recommend this series, this author, and this narrator. Barbara Rosenblat nails the personalities of the various characters.
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