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This series just keeps getting better!
on 30 September 2001
Fortunately the age old idea of 13 being an unlucky number does not apply to "Lord of the Silent",the 13th book in the Amelia Peabody series.
From the start to the end Elizabeth Peters latest offering doesn't disappoint. Immediately the reader is thrown into the turmoil and uncertainty of 1915, the year in which the book is set. The Emerson-Peabodys including the newly married Rameses and Nefret(and about time too!)are preparing to leave for Egypt despite the dangers involved from lurking German submarines. A bit of danger however has never been known to stop Amelia before and they depart England for a radically different Cairo to what they knew. Encamped in the city are the armies of the Allied powers, enemy agents and of course the infamous tomb robbers. Our heroes are determined to overcome (or in Emerson's case ignore!) the hardships of war and continue with their excavations. Their plans are disrupted by threats on Rameses' life and in responce Amelia and Emerson send Nefret and Rameses to Luxor under the pretense of ensuring the safety of the familys excavations there. What follows is a story that develops along two threads- Amelia and Emerson in Cairo and Rameses and Nefret in Luxor. This book contains all that readers of the Amelia books have come to expect and love- "a ripping good yarn", solid storyline, beloved characters, romance, passion, intrigue, mystery and lashings of humour. 'Lord of the Silent' is well written and develops at a steady pace finally ending in a climactic finale.
Unlike most readers of Amelia I didn't start reading from the first book, I -being the backward person that I am!- read 'Falcon at the Portal' (the 11th in the series) first. I was immediately hooked and now a year later I have finally collected together all 13.The mark of a good writer is his/her ability to make the reader feel for the characters- to care about what happens to them and their families. At the end of'Falcon at the Portal' I threw the book across the room (anyone who has read it will understand!) and at the end of 'Lord of the Silent' I nearly started crying because I knew I would have to wait at least a year for the next book. Obviously I think that Elizabeth Peters is a writer of rare excellance. Read 'Lord of the Silent'and enjoy!