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Guardian of the Horizon (Amelia Peabody #16)

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This book is the lost season 1907-08 and fits in between books 10 and 11 if you want to read them in that order.

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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published by William Morrow (first published 2004)
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Denise You can certainly read it as a stand alone, there is no info that you need to know that can only be gotten from earlier books. However, if you want to…moreYou can certainly read it as a stand alone, there is no info that you need to know that can only be gotten from earlier books. However, if you want to read the series from the beginning, this book will give a few things away about the characters.(less)
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A mysterious visitor from a place the Peabody-Emersons visited once before insists he needs their help. Emerson is reluctant to agree but the ladies believe their help is needed so off they go to the Sudan on a journey from which they may not return.

This is one of the best books in the series. It starts off a little slow. Amelia recaps the plot of The Last Camel Died at Noon and no one dies for a long time. I remembered perfectly what happened on the last trip so I didn't need the recap. The st
Nov 03, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing
The Peabody family is back their Manor House in England after Emerson's temper got them banned from The Valley of the Kings. A surprise visitor from the Lost Oasis informs them that Tarek and his heir are sick. and dying. They make plans to return to Lost Oasis. To their dismay arriving in Egypt that the secret is out and they gather unwelcome attention. The trip has many excitements and adventures. At the arrival Tarek is not there to meet and the next day Nefert is missing. Meeting the King th ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE the Emerson family, but this book was a big letdown. I suppose it was naïve to think I'd like all of Elizabeth Peters's books. The author's goal seemed to bring the characters into normality.

In this novel, Amelia, Emerson, Ramses, and Nefret make mistakes and seem helpless. The whole reason we love them is because they charge in where angels fear to tread and somehow, though sheer force of will, they save the day and emerge unscathed. But most of this book is spent sitting around wonderi
BJ Rose
Nov 15, 2010 BJ Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book just before this one introduces the twins of Ramses & Nephret, so it was difficult at first to get my mindset back to a time when Nephret treated Ramses as her brother. Once I did that, I was ready to travel with them to the Lost Oasis, This book explained about Nephret's early life. I think if I had known that this was a look back into time, I would have read it before they were married and had twins, but it was still a good read. Actually, I listen to this series - Barbara Rosenbl ...more
Sep 26, 2008 Emilie[-MLE-] rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody. I command you to avoid it.
Shelves: own, elizabeth-peters
Daria makes me want to puke.

And throw something.

And yell at Ramses to try to make him see sense.

And cry. with Nefret.
Feb 12, 2013 Septentrion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policier
A great opus in the Amelia Peabody series. Just know that the plot is situated after "The Ape who Guards the Balance". So it was back in time as far as the series goes but very great. Amelia and Emerson surpassed themselves.
Jun 07, 2017 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My own revisit to the Holy Mountain is everything I remember - just a little too much reliance on my memory of The Last Camel Died At Noon, not enough Daoud and Selim, oodles of intrigue, noble savages, and borrowings of early 20th century adventure lit to make a thrilling time with my old friends.

I am reminded why I mourn EP every time I revisit these. I am going to have to start rereading at the beginning again so I can remember just when Ramses became the smoking hot star of the show and Peab
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May 13, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel returns to one of my favorite settings in the entire series, The Lost Oasis and was just as fun and interesting as the first novel that took place here. While the description of the city was not as gripping as in the first novel a lot more of the oasis was explored and I got a better view of the society, so it was a good trade off. I loved the plot and felt for the characters as I was supposed to (aside from Nefret, but we'll get to that) It was another fabulous novel in the series.

Ida Flowers
Aug 08, 2012 Ida Flowers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction, and I love series fiction. Ms. Peters (or Mertz, or Michaels) has been an inspiration to me for over a quarter-century.

When I was a very young mother, and had all the time in the world for reading and writing, Ms. Peters' books stimulated my intellect and aroused my imagination. I had no college, and through Vicky Bliss and Amelia Peabody I was inspired to learn who John Donne and Howard Carter were, to read Shakespeare and listen to Handel, and to reach for independen
Actually falls between #10 and #11 in the timeline, so I'm reading it now.
A fun read, preposterous in (mostly) the right ways. This one struck me as a little more "Indiana Jones" style than the previous ones, but that's okay. It's entertaining. The friend who recommended this series to me noted that at a certain point, she was reading them more for the characters than the plots, and I feel the same way. I still love the way Amelia and Emerson interact. Although I'm still getting accustomed to se
Mar 15, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A typical enjoyable adventure with the Emersons. However, the choices she made with Ramses seemed completely out of character, utterly pointless, and even offensive. I hope I can forget them, and they don't come back to influence the story in the next books.
Jan 14, 2008 Dia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of the Amelia Peabody books and I have been waiting for her to go back to the oasis. But I was very disappointed in this book. I was expecting more and I didn't like Ramses. He is usually one of my favorites
May 03, 2016 Vivienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, adventure
started as my audiobook on the go as no longer driving
Inger Faherty
Jan 20, 2016 Inger Faherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one takes us back in time. Interesting to listen knowing what's going to eventually happen.
Mar 13, 2014 Vivienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Rereading a favorite novel or series is like a homecoming of sorts, and I delighted in rereading Guardian of the Horizon this time around, ten years later. I haven't read Elizabeth Peters since her last published novel in 2010. Seven years later, in advance of her final post humous publication releasing in a couple weeks in addition to discovering this thought provoking fan fiction in my twitter feed [], I decided to revisit one of my least favorite of her ...more
Bill Telfer
Since summer of 2016, I have been listening to the entire (and most excellent) "Amelia Peabody" series (this is #16... however, in terms of the characters' storyline, the plot really follows the events of book #10, which is why we listened to it as our ELEVENTH book of the series... she wrote a couple out-of-sequence to fill in gaps in her overall narrative, which is why we decided to listen to the books in the order they appear in the plot and NOT in their order of publication... AND SO GLAD WE ...more
Travis Mueller
In listening to this series, I decided to follow the internal chronological order, rather than the order of publication. So far this is the only one I have encountered that has a deviation. I hadn't expected this book. Perhaps it was naive to think that the setting of The Last Camel Died at Noon wouldn't show up again, given the long in-setting career of the characters. It was enjoyable, but to my mind didn't have the same drive as the early book.
4.5 stars. Selim and Daoud continue to be amazing, and the Emersons are completely charming. it's been a while since I've read all the older novella, so I think I missed some references to events in previous books, but this was still thoroughly enjoyable.
Terri  Gav
May 07, 2017 Terri Gav rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: living-library
Very enjoyable
Danielle Franklin
This is my first Amelia Peabody book. It was very well writtin with engaging characters. A very entertaining book.
Apr 23, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Guardian Of The Horizon, by Elizabeth Peters
★★★★★ and a ♥

Synopsis: A hitherto lost journal of the indomitable Amelia Peabody has been miraculously recovered: a chronicle from one of the "missing years" -- 1907–1908 -- shedding new light on an already exceptional career, a remarkable family . . . and an unexpected terror. Ousted from their most recent archaeological dig and banned forever from the Valley of the Kings, the Emersons are spending a quiet summer at home in Kent, England, when a myste
Jun 28, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone & everyone
I'm in the process of re-reading the entire Amelia Peabody series again, from start to finish in one go. They are still some of my favorite books. They must be read with tongue firmly inserted in cheek. It also helps to have an interest in and some knowledge of Colonial-era exploration narratives, fiction like that of H. Rider Haggard, Orientalist studies, the competitive acquisitive zeal of western museums at the turn of the century, and the "gentlemen archaeologists" of the 19th century who br ...more
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Feb 28, 2017 Rachel rated it really liked it
Another stellar addition to the Peabody series. There's everything we've come to expect and love from the Emerson clan - mystery, intrigue, Egyptology, and a pretty hefty body count. The only issue I have is that, after 15 previous books, I'm over the whiny, lovestruck puppy version of Ramses, and he's back in this installment.
Dec 30, 2010 Deanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amelia and her handsome and irasible husband are drawn again into danger and intrigue. Her son, Ramses, has grown into a tall, handsome man with his own set of talents -- bravery, cunning, intelligence. Her adopted daughter, Neferet, has her own set of issues, and one is the conflicted feelings about her past and future.

I love this entire series. But, I can only give this one four stars, because in this book, for the only time in the series, one of the main characters violates internal principle
Kathy Davie
Jan 04, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, history, homey
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May 13, 2012 Cat. rated it liked it
The latest, just out this month, in the Amelia Peabody series.

Where to start...if you haven't read this series this explanation will probably make no sense. (view spoiler)
Feb 23, 2010 Genie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I understand Elizabeth Peters will end the Amelia Peabody series with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. If that is true, then the series nearing its end. Keeping that in mind, Peters goes back in time with ‘Guardian of the Horizon’. As explained in chapter one, a new cache of papers documenting the 'missing years' has been found. These documents chronicle the eccentric Emerson family of Egyptologists / amateur sleuths as they travel and explore the tombs and monuments of Egypt.
'Guardian of th
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also wrote as Barbara Michaels as well as her own name. Born and brought up in Illinois, she earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. Mertz was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. She lived in a historic farmhouse in Frede ...more
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