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Curse of the Kings
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2000
This book far exceeds the expectations set before it. However, I must warn you, it is typical Holt fashion and therefore not appealing to some readers. If you like suspense and romance, even if it is very predictable, then I highly reccomend this novel and anything else by Victoria Holt. But do not be fooled, there is no real curse as another customer mentioned, simply the paranoia of the characters. That is what makes each of Ms. Holt's books so exciting, though. The evil exists only in the minds of worried characters and when they realize that they are allowing it to overcome them, they come to their senses and you have a fairy tale ending.
Judith is a romantic young girl with a passion for two things: archaeology and an archaeologist, Tybalt. Unfortunately, she's a woman and they don't get to do much digging and Tybalt doesn't even know she exists, or so she thinks. When everything wonderful that could possibly happen does, the adventure begins. Rumors of a curse keep Judith fearful for Tybalt's safety and her own. She and Tybalt are both forced to ask which is more important- archaeology or each other? The journey is long but enjoyable and the ending is no less than what one would expect of Victoria Holt.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2001
This is the 5th Victoria Holt book I've read and it wasn't as appealing as the others. The story doesn't have much romance and you can pretty much tell what's going to happen. So far it's one of the yhinner books I've read and it took me a few weeks to read but of course being the avid book reader that I am, I was determined to finish reading it.
Judith has grown up with an interest in archaelogy since she is surrounded by those who do it for a living. Always dreaming of going off on an expedition, her dream finally comes true when Tybalt, her neighbor and son of a prominent archaelogist, asks her to marry him and off they go on an expedition. Things don't exactly turn out as Judith had imagined both in married life and the expedition. There is said to be a curse which comes upon those who disturb the tombs of the kings. When a series of deaths occur, Judith is very worried about Tybalt, whom seems to be more involved in his work than in his new bride. Judith doesn't want to accept this but there are many things that lead to the idea that Tybalt is not who he seems. When Judith is believed to be the next victim of 'the curse', it is then that the pieces come together as to the mysterious curse and if it really does exist...as well as if Tybalt really loves Judith or not.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2005
This is an okay but it drags a little bit. It isn't suspenseful at all but it is pretty romantic (in Judith's point of view).For some reason it is very tragic.Tybalt seems to not care for her at all.Your best bet is to not read it at all.Because this is probably one of the most unromantic and unsuspenseful VH book you'll read or will ever read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2011
I haven't read Victoria Holt in a while. She is as good as I remembered. Amazon sent me the book promptly. Great service.
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At first, I thought that the concept of the story sounded interesting. Ordinarily, I would love a sort of mystery involving an ancient Egyptian curse with a little romance on the side. But, the pace of the story was rather slow, the death of one of the characters was unnecessarily tragic, and I felt a little cheated because the arch villain of the piece is someone we barely even see.

The first part of the book deals with our heroine's childhood and youth. At first, Judith believes herself an orphan, taken in by the daughters of the local clergyman after she survived a train accident that killed her real parents. Eventually, they reveal to her that her real mother was their sister, who was killed in the train accident that Judith survived. Her father is actually a wealthy local man who had been acting as her benefactor, allowing her to take lessons with his daughter (by marriage) and nephew. The man's marriage was an unhappy one, and he had an affair with Judith's mother years before. At first, he was merely doing the right thing by ensuring that Judith had a good education, but he starts taking more of an interest in Judith when he realizes that she has developed an interesting in his own personal passion, archaeology. Eventually, he encourages her to marry the son (Tybalt) of his friend and neighbor, who is also an archaeologist. Judith is happy because she had a crush on Tybalt since they were young.

However, both her father and Tybalt's die quite suddenly shortly before they are married, and people claim that it must be a curse brought on them by the tomb they were searching for in Egypt. At first, Judith thinks this is ridiculous superstition and accompanies Tybalt on the next expedition to Egypt, but with all the strange happenings and warnings, she soon begins to be frightened. Moreover, she begins to doubt Tybalt's intentions. She always knew that he was extremely devoted to his profession, but is it possible that he only married her to get the money that her father left her so that he could fund the expedition to Egypt? He seems oddly close to Tabitha, who has worked for their family for years. Is it possible that the two are secret lovers? Is it possible that the accident that killed her pregnant half-sister was actually meant for her?

The time between when Judith begins being really afraid and the end of the book isn't actually very long, and all of Judith's doubts about Tybalt have reasonable explanations. However, the bad guy was kind of disappointing because we didn't see him enough to get to know him as a suspect, and in the end, I was just sad about what happened to Judith's sister.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2009
Victoria Holt is an exceptionally gifted writer. I'm giving 4 stars on this one, although it was a little slower than her typical book. It was still a wonderful read. I recommend it.
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on January 19, 2014
All of this Author's books are excellent. She also writes under another name, Phillipa Carr, whose novels are also absolutely awesome.I am on my second time around with the novels under both names.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This book is not what I would consider Victoria Holt's greatest. I have read several of her books and found the 'Curse of the Kings' to be dragging. I usually read her books in about two days and to my surprise this book took me about a month. If your planning to purchase this book, I would recommend that you dont.
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on February 26, 2014
Read this book in high school as well as many other written by Victoria Holt. Am looking forward to enjoying it again after adding it to my library.
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on June 19, 2014
Her characters are believable. I enjoy her novels and hope to find and read them all. My distant ancestors are from England.
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