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The Jewel of Seven Stars

(Fantasy Classics #5)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  2,779 ratings  ·  320 reviews
An Egyptologist, attempting to raise from the dead the mummy of Tera, an ancient Egyptian queen, finds a fabulous gem and is stricken senseless by an unknown force. Amid bloody and eerie scenes, his daughter is possessed by Tera's soul, and her fate depends upon bringing Tera's mummified body to life. ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Borgo Press (first published 1903)
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Cornelia
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has two endings. When originally published in 1903 and in second publishing in 1904 it had an ending that was critics at the time as being too gruesome so when Stoker published it again,shortly before his death in 1912, he was forced by the publisher to add a new ending. I read this at Project Gutenberg which had the changed ending http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3781/3... but I was able to read the original ending also at http://bramstoker.org/novels/08stars.... - you can read it free ...more
Marvin
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Yes, I know Bram Stoker is a god among the horror writers. Dracula is deservedly a classic if only for its vast influence. The Jewel of Seven Stars is considered the first modern mummy novel just as Dracula set the stage for every vampire novel to follow.

But I gotta say it.

Bram Stoker can't write worth beans.

I find the dialogue in this novel especially excruciating; stiff and sometimes unintentionally hilarious. The plot drags like a corpse in a body bag and the characterizations are cardboard a
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Karen Witzler
A very long time ago, I read this as a young teen in my post- Dark Shadows 1970s world. Idiotic plotting sometimes gives way to atrocious writing -- there is a reason that Dracula is the more renowned work -- but undeniably influential on the horror genre. Love Margaret's dual nature, the descriptions of the tomb, the inane attempts at scientific discussion, and the gas masks, most of all the gas masks. I must seek out the alternate "conventional" ending. Long live Queen Tera. (Hatshepsut was to ...more
Peter
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Set in Kensington with flashback into the Valley of the Sorcerer. A mysterious tomb is found. In the Great Experiment the forgotten Queen shall be brought back to life. Well, I really liked this story, it was a quick read and it had a fine gothic fin de siecle atmosphere. Clear recommendation!
Perry Whitford
Aug 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ever wondered why Bram Stoker is only ever remembered for Dracula?

Wonder no more. Read The Jewel of the Seven Stars and it will become abundantly clear just why. Better still, don't read it, just take my word for it, this is a wretchedly awful novel.

A renowned Egyptologist is found by his daughter after being attacked in his room and placed in a cataleptic state seemingly induced by - I kid you not - 'mummy smell'.

His room is crowded with ancient artifacts from the tomb of a sorcerer queen named
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F.R.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
I can remember one of my English Literature lecturers telling our study group that in literary terms, Bram Stoker was a one hit wonder.

Lately I've been wondering whether that meant he just wrote the kind of books I like and one of them happened to break through.

So, I thought I'd try another.

But on the evidence of THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS, one hit wonder is a generous term.

I can't recall the last time I read a book quite as annoyingly tedious as this. Although there is incident, Stoker’s turgid p
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Dana-Adriana B.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-ro
Great story, creepy 💀 .
Priya
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very curious to read another book by Bram Stoker, needless to say, I love Dracula. The Jewel of Seven Stars is a curious intriguing book. But it suffers from the pesky The Casual Vacancy syndrome, and is underrated, because, well - it's not Dracula.

Of course it isn't Dracula, but you can see it's the same writer. The switching of perspectives is smooth, we slip easily into two long stories - one by an old explorer when he first unearthed Queen Tera's tomb and the other by Mr. Trelawney's f
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Paul
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics, novels, horror, audio
Well, now I know why I'd never heard of any other Bram Stoker novels. Because this one is terrible. A mysterious attack on an Egyptologist leads a local judge and the victim's daughter into a previously unknown world featuring a supernatural mummy queen who will do anything to get back her titular jewel.

It's not that there aren't good parts to The Jewel of Seven Stars – it's just that the legitimately creepy parts of this novel (e.g., a disembodied seven-fingered hand that strangles people in t
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Althea Ann
Nov 24, 2011 rated it liked it
It seems a little strange to me that Jewel of the Seven Stars is so much less well-known than Dracula. I mean, yes, it's managed to stay in print, and it's even been adapted into a couple of low-budget horror movies, but the book certainly isn't a household name (and neither are any of Stoker's other books, for that matter.)
However, it's every bit as entertaining and dramatic a read.
The narrator is summoned by a young woman in distress, a recent acquaintance of his whom he is quite taken with. H
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Sam
This is another classic Victorian Gothic tale from one of my favourite writers of the time and embraces everything I love about Stoker's style, characters and flare for story-telling. And as an added bonus it throws in a load of Egyptian mythology, the fascination of which I gladly share with the Victorians. The story follows Margaret Trelawney and Malcolm Ross as they try to unravel the mystery of what has happened to her father while they try to protect him from further harm by a mysterious pr ...more
Miriam Cihodariu
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this as a teen, together with my best friend Laura, and we both found it funny / interesting / hilarious / dreamy. It's not great by far, but it deserves its place among the classics.

Of course, after you read it, you can totally understand why Bram Stoker is considered a one hit wonder kind of writer, but this incursion into Goth literature was so much in line with the 'horror' stories my uncle Florin created for me on the spot when I was growing up, that I just couldn't resist reading it
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Plethora
Probably really a 3.5 but rounding this one up to a 4. This is my first Stoker, I keep picking up Dracula but getting sidetracked. So I can't compare this to his most notable work. I found this to remind me of The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins in tempo and oddity. I did not know that Stoker was such an Egyptian Mythology buff, he weaved his knowledge into this story. While some aspects of the story may seem to have happened to easily and conveniently overall I brushed over that fact. Parts were a ...more
Michael
A worthwhile, if anti-climactic read. Stoker slowly built up the tension to the moment of crisis, then let it fall flat on the final page. I do think there should be some reward for the diligent reader when the author has been at considerable pains to lay the scene for an earth-shattering revelation. I wonder if his Christian sentiment made him falter? (view spoiler)

Anyway,
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Just Josie
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, romance, classics
One thing I have noticed with Stokers work is that he never gives any answers.
He is excellent at building up the anticipation.
And we think we get an explanation. Something remarkable, and yet he always leaves us in glorious wonder.

The ancient Egypt is a topic that has always interested me, and I was pleasantly surprised of how it was implemented in The Jewel of Seven Stars.

It took forever to really pick up, though. At least for me. But when it did (roughly 60 % into the book😂), I felt the an
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Bon
DNFing at page 50, poorly-executed premise that otherwise held a lot of promise.
Sachiko Ishikawa
My first Bram Stoker novel was, as most people's, "Dracula". For some reason, I have always loved Victorian Horror books, even the clichéd ones. I never minded having a weak female character, even though I consider myself to be a feminist (as in, I believe in equality, not superiority); and I kind of enjoyed the stereotyped male character who is dragged unfortunately in a dire situation, the clever yet lonely doctor, the rough and focused law-enforcement officer, and finally the wise elder man. ...more
Justin Howe
Mar 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Decent Victorian-era horror novel where people sit around and talk a lot. Also, this novel reinforces my general belief that all Victorian men were not only perverted weirdos but hypocrites about it, too.
Dannii Elle
Not a bad read by any stretch of the imagination but I think my absolute adoration for Dracula led to some disappointment whilst reading this book. A good book, but, for me, it is just not on par with his other great Classic novel.
MV
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnk
I was very excited to read this, but not even 40 pages in, it was dragging. I soon started skimming ahead and saw it would continue to drag. I have too many books and too little time for stories I'm not really enjoying so eventually I just moved ahead to the ending, which I liked. Overall, the history behind this book's publication is more interesting to me than the story itself.

A word on that history, by the way (no spoilers): There are actually two different versions of this book. This edition
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Jennifer (bunnyreads)
I first heard about this one in the r/fantasy Author Appreciation post for Bram Stoker and being a huge Mummy fan, I had to check this one out. Plus, it fits my Bingo “pub before I was born” square by a good half a century or more.

This had such a promising start, it was a bit creepy, and the era it was written really helped in giving it that classic Karloff mummy movie feel. I could almost hear the tinny bad sound of the old movies in my head as I read.

But, it kind of lost steam in the middle, I
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Felicia Allen
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Still an amazing novel.
Shaun
The Jewel of Seven Stars is one of a dozen lesser known works of the late Bram Stoker, who is primarily known for his Gothic horror tale, Dracula.

Like Dracula, The Jewel of Seven Stars also has an occult theme, though it is much shorter and is not an episolary novel. Furthermore, it deals with mummies and not vampires.

Offering almost no action, this book is very heavy on dialogue, much of which deals with ancient Egyptian mythology and symbology. Add to this the style of writing and it is not t
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Beav
Apr 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. What a bore. A shitty plot, and boring love story interwoven. I actually only finished this book so i could dissect it and shred it here. Yes, i know, i have no life. But now that i've read it, it still sucks, but i don't even want to write or think about it anymore. do read dracula tho because that was actually good, i know nothing of his other works, but after this one i'm a bit leery to explore any more during this life, so we'll what happens in the next. ...more
Laura
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: supernatural, ebook
The book had a really great set-up . . . thousands of years old mummy, dark magic, creepy London setting, Egyptologists and a beautiful girl in danger. It built up to a suspenseful climax and then . . . nothing.
Katy Mann
Spooky, classic Victorian thriller.

Stoker set up all the mummy stories to follow, with one that has seldom been surpassed for sheer creepiness and atmosphere.

Victorian household, mysterious comas, desert travels...love it.
Marsh Myers
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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The Usual
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
The temptation is to compare this with Dracula, and if I do then Dracula wins. Of course Dracula wins. Dracula may be rather heavier to read, but it's better structured, has - because it's an epistolary novel - better realised characters, and rounds itself off nicely. The Jewel of Seven Stars is (mostly) straightforward first-person narrative and is, by comparison, rather flimsy. What did you expect?

If I shove Dracula back into his coffin -once you invite Dracula in he can come and go as he ple
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Spinachez
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Surprisingly very similar to Dracula regarding some aspects of the setup, and like dracula with a century of Mummy films,books and tropes to draw upon many of the mysteries or bizarre occurrences can appear obvious to the modern reader.

Fun to read with historical eye to see the origins of many aspects of classic mummy stories and the language is surprisingly accessible if very weird to the modern reader.

The ending has so much build up but minimal payoff, although stuff happens there is almost n
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Samantha
I preferred the original ending rather than this 1912 edition ending.
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He was born Abraham Stoker in 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent – then as now called "The Crescent" – in Fairview, a coastal suburb of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker and the feminist Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornely. Stoker was the third of seven children. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Clontarf Church of Ireland parish and attended the parish church (St. John the Baptist lo ...more

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