Tuesday, May 25, 2010

HT Recommends: Books Set in Ancient Egypt

Author Christine Trent asked for our help on behalf of a friend who wanted to read more books set in Ancient Egypt after enjoying NEFERTITI and THE HERETIC QUEEN, by Michelle Moran.

By Moran there's also Cleopatra's Daughter and the first authors that came to mind were Christian Jacq and his huge list of books set in Ancient Egypt and Pauline Gedge who also has quite a few books set during that period.
Then there's author Paul Doherty two series:
1. The Mask of Ra (1998)
2. The Horus Killings (1999)
3. The Anubis Slayings (2000)
4. The Slayers of Seth (2001)
5. The Assassins of Isis (2004)
6. The Poisoner of Ptah (2007)
7. The Spies of Sobeck (2008)
Egyptian Mysteries
1. An Evil Spirit Out of the West (2003)
2. The Season of the Hyaena (2005)
3. The Year of the Cobra (2006)

Author Wilbur Smith's Ancient Egyptian series:
1. River God (1993)
2. The Seventh Scroll (1995)
3. Warlock (2001)
4. The Quest (2007)


Karen Essex - Kleopatra
Nick Drake - Nefertiti
Nick Drake - Tutakhamun
Duncan Sprott - The House of The Eagle
Duncan Sprott - Daughter of The Crocodile
Margaret George - The Memoirs of Cleopatra
Eloise Jarvis McGraw - Mara, Daughter of The Nile
Eloisa Jarvis McGraw - The Golden Goblet

We're sure that there may be many more books set during this period so if you have a favourite set in Ancient Egypt do leave a comment and let us know what more to add to our list.


  1. Karen Essex has two books about Cleopatra - Volume I is Kleopatra and Volume II is Pharaoh. A couple of other books about Cleopatra are:
    Anthony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough and The Alexandrian by Martha Rofheart (OOP)

  2. Thanks for the list. I had no idea there about these. I have read George's book and although it's very good, it's quite long.

  3. Jo Graham's Hand of Isis is fantastic (as is it's sort-of-prequel, Black Ships, which is set in the time of the Aeneid).

  4. If one is lucky enough to find them, Pauline Gedge has excellent books set in Ancient Egypt. Recently re-released is "Child of the Morning", a fabulous book about Queen Hatshepsut.

    Happy Reading!

  5. This is awesome! I can't wait to direct my friend to this list. She'll become a fan of this blog for sure. Thank you so much for your wonderful help.

  6. It's not ancient Egypt, but Elizabeth Peters' mystery series about Victorian lady Egyptologist Amelia Peabody is a must-read. Other than Eloise Jarvis' McGraw's two novels mentioned in the post, I have yet to find any really great ancient Egypt novels, although the YA novel Pharaoh's Daughter by Julius Lester is good, as is the adult novel When We Were Gods by Colin Falconer. Maybe it's the fact that my major was originally Egyptology, but I'm rather finicky about ancient Egypt novels. I don't much care for Moran's Egypt novels. The inaccurate details are very jarring for me.

  7. Great recommendations, Ana, and thank you for recommending CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER! I've enjoyed so many of these books, particularly Pauline Gedge's CHILD OF THE MORNING - well worth a read!