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by Jane Lindskold

Genre: Fantasy, Historical

2004 Best Fantasy Novel Nominee

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Recently orphaned Jenny Benet, a spirited woman raised on the American frontier, accompanies her oh-so-British archaeologist uncle to Egypt. Uncle Neville is seeking the legendary Buried Pyramid, said to be sunk below the desert and
protected by the gods. Others seek the pyramid, including the treacherous Lady Audrey Cheshire, and mystical forces may be working to hinder their quest. But secret organizations, threatening letters and mysterious occurrences are no
match for our intrepid adventurers.

The setting is impeccable, as are the characters' manners, with rich details
that bring the era vividly to life. Jenny is
a charming heroine, at once practical
and daring, and the secondary characters
comprise a worthy cast of intellectuals and eccentrics, both English and Egyptian.

With its combination of Victorian
opulence and Indiana Jonesstyle adventure, this tale is perfectly suited to fans
of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody
mysteries, as well as readers of historical
fantasists Judith Tarr and Marion Zimmer Bradley. A definite keeper, and a story
to be savored. (May, 432 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed By: Jen Talley Exum

Publisher: Tor

Published: May 2004

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