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Guardian of the Horizon (Amelia Peabody #16)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  4,491 ratings  ·  148 reviews
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, 399 pages
Published by William Morrow & Company (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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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
Sep 28, 2008 Emilie[-MLE-] rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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.
BJ Rose
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
Ida Flowers
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
Jim Mann
The 16th book in the Amelia Peabody series is actually set well before the 15th book, and before the First World War, which impacted several of the previous books. It follows on, a decade later, to the story of perhaps my favorite book in the series, The Last Camel Died at Noon.

Most of the books in the series are mysteries, in which archaeologists Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson (known to the Egyptian locals as the Father of Curses, due to his temper), solve mysteries while also working
This book irritated me on multiple levels. First, I don't like that it's out of order chronologically. I don't want to relive the Ramses/Nefret drama after we finally got them together. Also (view spoiler) ...more
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.
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
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.
This is quite a long audiobook, partly because the narrator speaks so slowly. Even so, nothing much happens in the first half of the book, while the second half is something of a muddle. Still, I liked this entry in the series better than The Ape in the Balance, which precedes it in Peabody land, even though it is an adventure, not a mystery. I miss the days when Emerson would tear off his shirts, sending his buttons flying, and the generally more comical tone, but I think I'm hooked through the ...more
Don P
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Rhonda Pickens
Sep 13, 2015 Rhonda Pickens rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
(Supposedly this one comes after #10 chronologically, so I'm going to listen to it there.)

I know some people didn't like this book as well as others, but I deliberately read it in it's chronological order, and other than one little problem, I really liked it. This was the first book in the series where I found myself really worried about the Emersons and wondering if they'd manage to get out of this situation. Usually the intrigue comes from watching how they do it, but I never worry that they a
Guardian Of The Horizon, by Elizabeth Peters
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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 mysterious
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
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.

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
For the first time, the Amelia Peabody series is jumping back in time to "fill in" one of the missing years from its timeline. This book, which chronologically takes place directly after The Ape Who Guards the Balance, transports us back to a time before Ramses' and Nefret's marriage and children, before Nefret even realized she loved Ramses. If I had read this book right after TAWGTB, I would have loved it more, I think. Amelia, Emerson, and company head back to the Lost Oasis, one of my favori ...more
Kathy Davie
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In this, the Emerson's second visit to the lost city called "the holy mountain", we have the first of the Amelia Peabody series that is out of chronological order. There are a few of these so-called "lost journals" and I must say that I have mixed feelings about them. While on the one hand there are magnificent examples of the Author's sturdy talents and a good adventure to boot, they are not completely in sticking to the previously written books that take place after the events described. Durin ...more
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)
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Sarah Sammis
While I found Guardian of the Horizon one of the better recent books in the series and closer to the charms and cheekiness of the earliest books, I still don't like Ramses. Why did Peters let this series become the Ramses Adventure serial? The end of chapter 11 made me put the book down for a good half hour of eewing. I don't want to know about Ramses love life. I'd rather he be seen and not heard. He's never been a well written or likeable character but had fortunately been nicely toned down fo ...more
J. Ewbank
This series by Elizabeth Peters has grown on me. After reading the first book I was not certain that I wanted to read more. There was a lot of Egyptology in the book and it partially seemed obtrusive to the plot. However, the series has grown on me and I enjoy each book now that I have become more familar with the characters in the stories. It is definitely a good read.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
Emma Clement
Oh goodness. This book reminded me why I love the Father of Curses so much. I absolutely loved this tale set back in time from where the 15th book left off, and I think it provided so much insight into Nefret and Ramses' relationship, along with also adding another layer to this extensive tale. I was shocked by what happened with Daria, but I was also very satisfied with the way that this book wrapped itself up. I continue to love this series, and I loved the setting of this book. I am fascinate ...more
Yet another fantastic installment to the Amelia Peabody series. Guardian of the Horizon takes us back to the Holy Mountain, a setting we haven't seen or heard from since The Last Camel Died at Noon. It was so refreshing to revisit this amazing location - it's such a change from the typical archaeological dig setting.

We get a surprise return of everyone's favorite villain, a new villain I loved to hate, and a few surprises along the way. I was particularly fond of Daria, and found her and Ramses
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I love the Emerson family, and I love reading about their adventures. This book wasn't my favourite, mainly because it's a "lost" year of Amelia's journals, and takes us a number of years back into the past, well before the current situation, when the make-up of the Emerson family was quite different.

All the things I love about the Amelia Peabody books are here - the laugh-out-loud-funny snappy repartee between Emerson and Amelia, the exciting adventures the family ALWAYS manages to get themselv
I recently discovered that a couple of Peters' books go back and fill in the blanks. That includes this book as well as #19.

Guardian is a sequel of sorts to The Last Camel Died At Noon. It's ten years since the original adventure in the Holy City and the Emerson clan has been called back to help out their friend, Tarek. But of course, things are more complicated than they had been led to believe.

A fun romp, in which Emerson and Peabody have their enemies spinning like tops and wishing they'd ne
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also writes 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 Fred ...more
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