Guardian of the Horizon (Amelia Peabody, #16)
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Guardian of the Horizon (Amelia Peabody #16)

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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 kept secret from the entire world, including their fellow Egyptologists. According to Merasen, the brother of t...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published 2005 by Constable and Robinson (first published 2004)
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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
Emilie[-MLE-]
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.
Tracy
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...more
Trina Morgan
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...more
Callista
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...more
Kate
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.
Dia
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
Septentrion
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.
Deanna
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...more
Colleen
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.

Oh...more
Genie
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...more
Rach
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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Gracie
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
Lora
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)...more
Angela
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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
Liz
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...more
Bronwyn
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Kristen
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...more
Meredith
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...more
Bonnie
My least favorite of the Amelia Peabody series is "The Last Camel Died at Noon", which has Amelia and Emerson discovering a lost oasis that is a remnant of ancient Kushite/Egyptian civilization. When I realized that "Guardian of the Horizon" involves a return to that lost oasis I was disappointed. But for some reason I liked this book a lot better.

A young man named Merisen (I'm guessing at the spelling since I listened to the audiobook format) shows up at the Emersons' residence in England aski...more
Ann
This adventure of the Emerson family was written out of chronological order in order to fill in a gap left in the story of Nefret and the Lost Oasis. It takes place in the year 1907 - 1908.

When the Emnersons are summoned to come to the aid of their good friend, Tarek, King of the Kingdom of the Hidden Mountain, they do not hesitate to return to Sudan to come to his aid, though they are suspicious of the messenger.

When they arrive, they soon find that their suspicions were warrranted. Tarek has b...more
Sophia
I was so thrilled to see that Elizabeth Peters filled in some gaps in the Emersons' story. It was like a typical reunion of sorts for them to return to the place where they found Nefret and discover what had happened in the intervening years. I loved going back to a time when Ramses, Nefret and David were younger and it was great seeing Emerson and Peabody at their best with Selim and Daoud in tow.

The story has its usual twists and turns, delightful dialogue and wonderful character sketches agai...more
Jen
I'm really not sure how I feel about this book. On the one hand, it's always fun to visit the Emersons, and Amelia and Emerson are as adorable as usual in this book. On the other hand, this book takes place chronologically out of order -- it's book #16, but it takes place about 10 years(?) prior to book #15. It was a little strange to go back to before Ramses was married, and knowing what happens subsequently in his life made his relationship with Daria seem adulterous. I just don't understand t...more
Althea Ann
This is the third in this series I've read - I read #1 and #2 and then suddenly skipped to #16.
I do feel like Peters made a significant effort to make sure that the reader doesn't have to read all the previous entries, however, that made for a LOT of backstory-catching-up at the outset of the book. It was very slow to get started.

However, once it finally got moving, it was a fun, light adventure involving a journey to return to visit a lost tribe in the Egyptian desert. Plots, double-crossing r...more
Kaye
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Beverly Temporal
This would probably be 3star +. I did enjoy the story from start to finish. But with that said I kept waiting for something better. It was as though all the characters where not quite themselves. It was almost like an episode of Star Trek where some alter reality was shown. Everyone just seemed weaker to me and not in character. Or like she was trying to show a more humanistic side of the characters with indecision and flaws yet it made them look less real instead of more.

However, with that said...more
Mary Stephanos
Another in the long line of Amelia Peabody mysteries, "Guardian of the Horizon" follows the same formula as Elizabeth Peters' previous books. This time, however, she goes back to the period before World War I, when Peabody's son Ramses still yearned for his "sister" Nefret and when Sethos was still the "Master Criminal." The plot is rather staid, if convoluted in parts, and, as usual, there is little mystery to speak of. But Amelia Peabody and her clan are irresistible, especially to those of us...more
Jennifer
I never tire of Amelia Peabody and the whole Emerson family. This episode actually backtracks in Amelia's diary to a "lost" journal recently "discovered". The story line reverts back to 1907 while Nefret and Ramses are still brother and sister, David and Lia are engaged and Sethos is still known as the "Master Criminal".

Guardian of the Horizon has all the elements that make this series so entertaining and, although it doesn't advance the current storyline for any of the characters, it still had...more
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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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