A turning point for a stellar series Jul 15, 2007
Ever-delightful, the Emerson family continues to enchant. Returning to Egypt for the 1903 dig season, Amelia's dreams of a large cat --the dearly-departed Bastet, childhood friend and protector of the now-adolescent Ramses-- are supposedly a symbol of good luck in Egyptian lore. But the luck in evidence seems quite the opposite, and Amelia has her hands full trying to contend with the antics of her son and lovely young ward, as well as the grisly discovery of a mummy much "fresher" than she is accustomed to handling.
Peters paints a sumptuous picture of turn-of-the-century Egypt, but more than that she demonstrates her continuing capacity to develop her characters. There is a new feel to young Ramses, who is no longer a precocious boy but now every inch a young man, and the reader gets a strong sense that great things are on the horizon for all members of the ever-expanding Emerson clan. The loss of Bastet may be read as a subtle warning that while these books may be set in the past, they are not frozen there; characters we have come to care about are thrown into turmoil as Peters once more demonstrates her literary prowess. A deeply engaging read.