4 books about: Ancient Egypt!

Oh man. Okay, how do I explain my fascination with ancient Egypt? Can it even BE explained? It comes from my love of history, my love of mystery, the whole Victorian explorer thing I’m also obsessed with. Plus, y’know, it’s just FUN! And my interest in ancient Egypt led to me interest in other ancient societies as well (which may have influenced me into changing my major to medieval studies), so that’s nice.

Anyway, I actually have more non-fiction books about ancient Egypt than I do fiction, but they’re mostly the boring type that has some nice photos (I have one about reading hieroglyphs that SHOULD be interesting but it’s not really). Here’s some of my favorite fiction books about or set in or related in some way to ancient Egypt:

  • The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1966). Probably the book that made me interested in ancient Egypt in the first place! The Egypt part isn’t as important as the other parts, really, but I didn’t realize that when I was a kid and fixated on Mysterious Rites.
  • Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers (2007). Mummies and museums and curses. Huzzah! [my review]
  • The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters (1975-current). Sort of like the definitive Victorian-lady-in-Egypt series? But way more entertaining than how I just described it.
  • The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold (2005). Starts off like a Victorian adventure novel, eventually turns into a fantasy with ancient Egyptian stuff. [my review]

Do you like books involving ancient Egypt? Which ones are your favorites?

Thanks to Once Upon a Bookshelf for the list-y inspiration!

13 thoughts on “4 books about: Ancient Egypt!”

  1. It’s so funny you posted this today–I was just thinking a couple of hours ago that I would like to read some good fiction about Egypt! The only Egyptian fiction I’ve read is Nefertiti by Michelle Moran, and the sequel that I can’t remember the name of.

    1. I really have NOT read any books dealing with ancient Egypt in a while, so making this list was partly to get me moving towards that direction again! I’ve got at least one that’s been on my TBR pile for so long I think it’s collecting dust…

  2. Your review of “The Buried Pyramid” managed to whet my interest even though I far prefer adventure over fantasy. Can I ask about the local colour? Unless it is wallpaper, how could I resist such a fun-sounding duo? Must look around for an excerpt!

    1. Hmmmm. You know, I can’t really remember! I think there was SOMETHING there, but definitely not as much as in the Amelia Peabody series. I think there were a few background characters and then three others that are more foreground, but I THINK they disappear about halfway through? And then the ancient Egyptians take over.

      You might like the Amelia Peabody series if you haven’t read it already– there’s a wonderful romance aspect in the first book, and Amelia and Emerson are so cute together throughout the rest of the series, too. Plus they actually get together (obviously), unlike stupid Stephen and Jenny, the biggest romantic disappointments I think I’ve ever encountered in a book. (There is a sideline romance that happens, I think, with two other main characters.)

      1. Thank you for the reply, Anastasia! I am not certain why it is that although I have read almost every other novel Elizabeth Peters has written, somehow I never acquired a curiosity about Amelia Peabody (heresy, I know). The length of the series accounts for part of my hesitation. But yesterday I went ahead and ordered “Crocodile On The Sandbank”… I no longer can resist finding out why this series is so universally loved!

  3. Oh my gosh, did you ever read Mary Stolz’s Cat in the Mirror? It’s absolutely wonderful. It’s about a misfit girl called Erin who lives in New York but she falls and hits her head and she ends up in ancient Egypt and she cannot remember if she is really the ancient Egypt girl or if she is from modern times. It’s so good. It’s amazing.

    1. I have not! For all that I love ancient Egypt, I seem to mostly confine my readings to non-fiction (which is why this list is so small). But I’m adding that to my TBR soon(ish) list!

      …yay, it’s on Paperback Swap! Yay, I’m ordering it!

  4. I remember reading The Egyptian Game once upon a time. My favorite book set in Egypt is probably Night Train to Memphis, which is also by Elizabeth Peters but takes place in the present-day (well, the ’90s).

  5. Ah what a cool list! I remember being obsessed with Eygpt when I was younger because it was the most fun thing we were learning about at school. I really want to read Nefertiti by Michelle Moran.

  6. I remember The Egypt Game! Both my sister and I had it for required reading in school and loved it. I also read another one in school called The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraws.

    1. I haven’t read a lot of Egyptian fiction recently, but I’ve got a few that I really liked…

      Jo Graham is a fantastic author, and while her Hand of Isis is not my favorite, it’s still really, really good. I’ll also second the plug for Michelle Moran’s books. The Egyptologist is set in Victorian times rather than ancient Egyptian times, but it’s quirky and thought provoking and fascinating.

      And I also have to confess to a shameful love for Anne Rice’s The Mummy. Again, Victorian times, but featuring an immortal Ramses. Man, I need to re-read that one…

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