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Guardian of the Horizon (Peters, Elizabeth) Hardcover – Apr 2004

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; 1 edition (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0066214718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0066214719
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,794,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Guardian of the Horizon Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson, along with their son Ramses and foster daughter Nefret, are summoned back to the Lost Oasis, a hidden stronghold in the western desert whose existence they discovered many years ago (in The Last Camel Died at Noon) and have kept secret from the entire world, including their fellow Egyptologists. According to Merasen, the brother of the ruling monarch, their old friend Prince Tarek is in grave danger and needs their help. However, it's not until they retrace their steps to the Oasis, with its strange mixture of Meroitic and Egyptian cultures, that they learn the real reason for their journey. There's no better company on an archaeological expedition than the Father of Curses and the Lady Doctor, their beautiful Anglo-Egyptian ward and Ramses, the Demon Brother who loves her. If you haven't met the indomitable Amelia yet, this intriguing tale is a great place to start. --Jane Adams,


Elizabeth Peters has always known how to romance us' New York Times Book Review * 'I can't wait for the next Peabody story... I really do think [Elizabeth Peters'] books are great entertainment. (Angela Rippon)

A writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key. (Washington Post Book World)

Think Miss Marple with early feminist gloss crossed with Indiana Jones... accomplished entertainment. (Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When we left Egypt in the spring of 1907, I felt like a defeated general who has retreated to lick his wounds (if I may be permitted a somewhat inelegant but expressive metaphor). Read the first page
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Format: Hardcover
There comes a time in every series that covers a large number of years when it isn't possible to go further without the main characters discovering the secret of eternal life. Elizabeth Peters' Emersons - Egyptologists, amateur sleuths, and eccentrics par excellence - have reached a point where the era they chronicle is gradually coming to a close. Trust Peter's to find a solution, though, a new cache of papers that document the 'missing years' of the family's madcap career across the tombs and monuments of Egypt.
Set just previous to the blossoming of Ramses' relationship with Nefret, 'Guardian of the Horizon' documents the return to the 'Lost Oasis,' a last hidden survival of ancient Egypt - the Meroitic civilization that the Emerson's first discovered in the Sudan ('The Last Camel Died at Noon'). Readers will recall that the Holy City was where the Emerson's found Nefret, whom they late adopted. Now, ten years later, Merasen, a young noble, appears in England with a message from Tarek, king of the Lost Oasis, and a close friend of the family. There is illness in the Sudan and it threatens the survival of this hidden civilization. Amelia, Emerson, Ramses, and Nefret quickly set out.
For Amelia and Emerson, setting out on a secret journey means that only half of Egypt knows that something is up. As soon as word gets out that they intend to return to the Sudan to 'excavate,' a whole host of shady characters a drawn by the legends of hidden treasure that are rumored to be at the Lost Oasis. Of course, that means trouble, and the journey to the Sudan is marred by violence, intrusion, and countless twists and turns as the Emerson's carry out one elusive maneuver after another.
When they finally arrive at their destination they discover that nothing is as they expected.
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As usual Elizabeth Peters provides a great mix of humour, pathos, gripping adventure and farce.
This book is perhaps a bit of a slow starter compared to others in the Amelia Peabody series but it more than makes up for it once the action really begins.
For those who are already familiar with the series, we are taking a jump back in time from her last book,"Children of the Storm". The Editor has 'discovered a hitherto unknown journal covering the missing 1907-1908 season.' This puts it directly after the book "The Ape Who Guards the Balance".
Amelia and her archeologist husband Emerson are tricked into making a return journey to the "Holy City" in the Nubian desert (see The Last Camel Died at Noon) accompanied by their son Ramses and their ward Nefret along with their faithful henchmen Selim and Daoud. They go to great lengths to accomplish the journey in secret since they had sworn never to reveal the location of the city. However, they end up with a whole bevy of opponents on their trail, giving us plenty of suspects to choose from when things start to go wrong.
Arriving at the city they find that they have not been forgotten by it's inhabitants. In fact, the honour in which they are held provides the basis for one of the funniest moments of the story.
Ramses really comes into his own in this book. We know from the volumes covering later years that he is a bit of a hero, but here, at the age of 20 he really starts to show his true nature. All good Indian Jones type stuff. Those of you who sigh over his silent devotion to Nefret are in for a bit of a shock.
Emerson, of course, remains "the greatest archeologist of this or any other century" whilst at the same time acting like the hero of some Greek legend.
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This book was all that fans of Elizabeth Peter's have come to expect and you will not be disappointed! It is interesting to return to the Oasis and find out what happened to the characters there. However, it is rather disconcerting to go backwards. Now that we know what happens to Ramses and Nefret it is odd to go back and see Ramses having an early affair. Of course it could be said that filling up the gaps does offer a chance to look at the seeds of their future relationaship in more depth and develop their characters. I do however, look forward to continuing on from Children of the Storm......
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These books are a delight for the reader. Anyone who has not read any of them should start right now. They whisk you back to the days of gentile living. Where everything stops for tea and of course it would be unthinkable for the men not to dress for dinner. Although Emerson, father of Ramses and beloved husband of Amelia will do almost anything in his power to avoid it.

The mannerisms of the characters constantly make me chuckle inwardly as I am reading. The author has what can only be described as a unique writing style, that may be an acquired taste, but for me is poetry.

When I first started reading the book I initially wondered if I had read it before. Mainly because it briefly covers events that have happened in previous books. The reason for this is that some of Peabody's previously lost notes have now been found. A clever trick by the author to extend the series of books. Otherwise Emerson and Peabody would now be in their nineties and incapable of venturing to Egypt, never mind partaking in the archaeological digs and chasing criminals, that they seem to do at every opportunity.

In this book the family go back to the secret Oasis where they originally found and rescued Nefret (now Emerson and Amelia's foster daughter) in a secret stronghold that had been lost to civilisation for centuries. [The Last Camel Died at Noon]. They had kept the exact location a secret that only the family knew. But now they have received information that their old friend and ruler of the stronghold Prince Tarek is in danger and desperately needs their help.
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