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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I missed the characters and did enjoy revisiting them. there were errors in the details that jarred
Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess ? Why or why not?
Probably but it is over anyhow
Which scene was your favorite?
Sethos rang true when he grabbed Amelia on the horse
Did The Painted Queen inspire you to do anything?
Any additional comments?
I appreciate the attempt to finish the novel but I wish some of the facts from other books had been more carefully edited Daoud did not have many wives Kathrine did not know Ramses from birth,Emerson would have never left the shop unguarded so it made the characters less real to me
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I think this is perhaps the best final salute to Amelia Peabody and her creator Elizabeth Peters that we fans of the series could expect. And I'm glad it was attempted.
Reviewers have pointed out ways that these characters stray a bit from the height of Peters' style. I both agree and disagree. The later Peters books themselves were a bit of a disappointment - the ones where she was filling in spaces between the previous stories instead of moving the lives of the Emerson families forward. In my opinion, her last really wonderful book was "The Tomb of the Golden Bird", but there she obviously found a natural ending to the saga of the family. The later "hindsight" tales must have been primarily at her fans' and publishers' urging.
So it's not surprising that Peters herself sought to return once more to Egypt before her death, or that she chose to pair the incomparable Amelia with the incomparable Nefertiti. I believe that her friend and colleague Joan Hess did an excellent job of honoring the spirit, the vocabulary, and the humor of Peters' work and gives us a fine posthumous volume.
I have and will return again to Amelia's stories as narrated by the fabulous Barbara Rosenblat. There's a sadness in knowing there will be no more, but I'm grateful for this last tribute. It would have been a shame to leave some of Peters' writing unfinished.
23 of 25 people found this review helpful