He Shall Thunder In The Sky
(Hardcover), ISBN 0-380-97659-5
Whom, you ask? Why none other than Ramses and Nefret, the adored (and infuriating) son and the beloved (and also infuriating) ward of the ever-stalwart, always inquisitive, constantly enjoyable Amelia Emerson (nee Peabody).
In the last book of a four book internal series (Seeing a Large Cat, The Ape Who Guards The Balance, and The Falcon At The Portal), Peters finally answers her reader's most burning question -- will Nefret ever return Ramses' love?
As the book opens we find the Emersons back in a Cairo under martial law. British citizens of male gender rush to enlist, eager to serve in the Middle Eastern front of WWI. One notable exception to this human flood of patriotism -- Ramses. Scorned by the English elite, Ramses, oblivious to the flocks of white feathers fluttering around him, charts his own, more dangerous and secretive course between the Egyptian nationalist movement and the British authorities.
Meanwhile, Nefret runs her hospital catering to Cairo's less-fortunate women while she fends off the odious advances of Amelia's slimy nephew Percy. Out in the desert, Amelia and Emerson excavate something so remarkable that Amelia immediately suspects the fine hand of Sethos. (Much to her long-suffering husband's chagrin.)
Will Ramses chart a safe course between the clashing rocks of his loyalty to England and his love for Egypt? Will Nefret revive from the emotional distress of her disastrous first marriage? Will Emerson figure out a way to get rid of that damnably annoying Sethos? Will Amelia watch her men march off to a war that might claim all their lives? But the most important question of all -- will Ramses ever work up the nerve to tell Nefret how he feels?
In He Shall Thunder In The Sky, Elizabeth Peters shows how a master of the art gathers loose threads left in the weft of a storyline and deftly weaves them into a wholly satisfying tapestry. Or at least most of a tapestry. A few threads still dangle -- after all, we want more Amelia don't we?
You bet your pyramids we do.
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