Children of the Storm Hardcover – 1 Apr 2003
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"- 'If Indiana Jones were female, a wife and mother who lived in Victorian times, he would be Amelia Peabody Emerson' - Publishers Weekly - 'A writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key' - Washington Post Book World - 'Bursting with surprises, a sheer delight' - New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
At last, the Great War is over. Amelia, her distinguished Egyptologist husband Emerson and their extended family are preparing for another season of excavation in Egypt. To everyone's great joy their son Ramses and his wife Nefret have become parents. Amelia, enjoying her role of fond grandmother, hopes that for once, this will be a quiet year. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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For those not in the know, this is the 15th book in the series that was first set in the late Victorian era about the adventures of a lady Eygptologist, Amelia Peabody and her family and over the subsequent books progressed to the beginning of the 20th Century. It was originally written from the acerbic point of view of Amelia, but later books introduced another narrator which gives another perspective to the proceedings of the adventure. This is not a book for new readers to the series as much of the it follows on from the previous book, The Golden One. It would be advisable to read Crocodile on the Sandbank first, and work your way through the series, or failing that, read from Seeing A Large Cat onwards.
Fans of the series will enjoy the the inclusion of many of the cast from previous books as well as the introducion of some very new members to the clan who will bring a smile (or even laughter) to the reader. There are new revelations about the Emerson clan and some long asked questions are answered. As usual, the book is witty, full of fiendishly complicated plots, the odd red herrings, lots of history and background to the difficult political situation in Egypt in the early part of the 20th Century and a suprising twist to the tale and of course several more shirts are ruined!
The Amelia Peabody books may or may not be an acquired taste, personally I love them. They are set in Victorian times when there were still very strict rules of etiquette and polite behaviour was the norm. Although most of the books are set in Egypt, in the desert under very trying conditions and extremely hot weather the `English' way of life was still expected to be adhered to, sometimes with quite hilarious consequences.
Amelia Peabody is Elizabeth Peters' best loved and brilliant creation, a thoroughly Victorian feminist who takes the stuffy world of archaeology by storm with her no nonsense dress sense and forthright opinions.
Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson, an Egyptologist of some renown are planning for another season excavating in Egypt. The Great War is over and travel and transport are slowly getting back to normal after the chaos of the war years, although even that had not stopped them from going to their beloved Egypt.
The whole family are delighted that Ramses and Nefret have become parents and Amelia hopes that this year of all years is a little quieter, particular for Ramses who had as they say a busy war.
But Amelia is sadly mistaken, instead of being able to take on her role of the doting (but firm) grandmother, a new adversary, unlike any Amelia has encountered before forces their way into the group and plots a course that will put Amelia's beloved family in imminent danger . . .
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