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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 have 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.
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By Joel on 06-02-05
The Emersons Are Back to Their Old Tricks!
Guardian of the Horizon is a worthy sequel to The Last Camel Died at Noon. I suggest reading the prior book first since much of the plot of this book is built on previous incidents and relationships. Although there is enough of a back story in Guardian of the Horizon to allow it to stand on its own.
The Emersons return to The Lost Oasis where they are once again called to duty to help overthrow the usurper of the Holy City, and restore the rightful king to the throne. The story is full of zany characters and screwball antics, and there are loads of laughs along the way.
The book starts out a bit slow, but in the end you can't help but fall in love with the madcap Emersons. If you're a diehard fan, you'll fall in love with them all over again. The truly talented narrator brings each charater to life in this gem of the Amelia Peabody series.
Four stars for being one of my favorite books in the series.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Ruth on 07-24-10
What's Not to Love!
I was so glad to read this book. All during the Last Camel Died at Noon, I kept expecting the things from this book to happen. I'd forgotten this was a whole other book! As always, I LOVE this series. I really like the lost oasis and its characters. I think it would be very interesting to find such a place. My favorite character shows up too. Sigh... He is the most lovable villain ever!! Of course, Amelia puts him in his place. If you have'nt read, the Last Camel Died at Noon, you might want to read it first, but you wouldn't have to to fall in love with the blustering Emerson, unquenchable Amelia, risk-taking Ramses, and darling Neferet. This whole series is just marvelous.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful