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Pharaoh's Tomb: Crystal Journals: Book 2 (Volume 2) Paperback – December 24, 2016
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By Roberta A. Rich on June 12, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
12 June 2017
Review of Crystal Journals: Pharaoh's Tomb
I read Rosemary Ludlow's first book A Rare Gift, the first of the series last year and was impressed
and delighted by the interesting characters and the nice,clean well written prose.
I enjoyed this second of the series, Pharaoh's Tomb every bit as much. Rosemary Ludlow has once
again written a riveting book in the further adventures of Susan Sinclair, a gusty, brash girl who is
given a crystal which propels her into travels back in time.
This time the magic crystal takes Susan to Egypt where the fun continues.I have been fascinated by
ancient Egypt since grade school and I loved this book not just for the finely drawn characters but
also for the delicious tidbits of history of ancient Egypt―youth braids , how tombs were 'booby trapped'
to discourage theft, papyrus boats, scrolls, and ornate jewelry. Pharaoh's Tomb is well researched and
contains a number of intriguing details about the culture and society of ancient Egypt.
The climax is dramatic and satisfying; the denouement shows Susan's gentle and compassionate nature.
I especially enjoyed how Susan learned to speak ancient Egyptian- a nasty potion is forced down her throat.
If only such a potion really existed! I would be first in line, no matter how nasty it tasted.
No more tiresome study of the subjunctive and irregular verbs.
I was glad to read that the author is working on three more books in the series.
Keep them coming, Rosemary!
Mar 21, 2017
Cheriee Weichel rated it liked it
In this book Susan travels back in time to ancient Egypt and the creation of the crystals.
She is adopted by an evil magician. Eventually, she makes friends with the grand vizier's son,
but is instantly despised by Neferure, daughter of the ruler.
I appreciate Ludlow's ability to entertain and educate me about many aspects of life at that
time. The book has plenty of action and suspense.
Pharaoh's Tomb picks up immediately where A Rare Gift leaves off. In the opening chapter,
Susan is meeting with Mrs. Coleman, the previous keeper of the crystal.
With somewhat greater understanding of how the crystal works and what it's meant to do, Susan
is whisked away to Ancient Egypt, where her crystal disappears entirely.
The length of this book allows the author greater room to explore the history, culture, and customs of Ancient Egypt.
A Rare Gift and Pharaoh's Tomb are good picks. Book 3 in the series, Lady Knight, is now
available, and Book 4, Freedom, is expected in mid 2018.
From the Author
Ancient Egypt has a culture that spanned over four thousand years and ended around two thousand years ago.
What this means is that you could read a vast amount about Ancient Egypt, and it wouldn't agree with the time
to which Susan traveled.For example, there are no pyramids in this story. Susan never sees a pyramid, and yet
for a large part of Egyptian history, they were a very important part of life.
Some of the names I have used have become the most common words in our time, but were actually introduced
by later Greek pharaohs. In fact Pharaoh is a Greek term for the king but has become so common that I have
used it here. Nile is also the Greek name for the great river which features so prominently in all Ancient
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