In the entire spectrum of Pride and Prejudice sequels, variations, retellings, and what-if’s I’ve seen Darcy as a vampire, werewolf, zombie, ranch owner, and rock star. I’ve seen Elizabeth as a master zombie fighter, scientist, doctor, sleuth, and time traveler. I’ve seen them in WWII England, Colonial America, Thailand, Texas, and Oxford, but never have we seen them the way Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb have envisioned them in Pride & Pyramids: Mr. Darcy in Egypt. Taking them down the Nile and into the sprawling deserts of Egypt, Grange and Webb turn our beloved couple into amateur archeologists on an expedition in the land of the pharaohs!
Pride & Pyramids begins approximately 15 years after the fairytale ending of Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth and Darcy are comfortably tending to their many children and leading a comfortable, happy life. This changes with a visit from Edward, brother of their cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam. Recently, Edward has been stricken with the latest craze in Regency England: Egyptology! Begging for an adventure, Darcy gives in to Elizabeth and asks Edward if he can bring the family along with him to Egypt. After months of preparation the whole clan heads out on an epic journey to Egypt. What happens when they get there can only be described as Egyptian myth……
When I first heard that there were two authors writing this, I’ll admit that I was nervous. Grange is already known for her excellent insight into the heads of Austen’s men with her diary series. I was concerned that the book would read oddly with an Egyptologist as a co-author. Webb has certainly made her mark in a wonderful way, helping weave her knowledge of Egyptian myths and beauty into the story. The juxtaposition of Austen-styled writing with Egyptian myths is mesmerizing. The story is effortlessly told, transporting the reader on this epic journey with the Darcy family.
While Elizabeth and Darcy are obviously important to the narrative, their children and their cousin Edward are the focal characters. These new character creations make great additions to Austen’s cast of we know and love. I was THRILLED that Mrs. Bennet was able to wheedle her way into the novel, as her “fluttering and spasms” made for great humorous fodder.
In all, this is a great new way to explore the Pride and Prejudice sequel JAFF genre! It was entertaining to read this refreshing take on these familiar characters. If I ever get the chance to go to Egypt I’ll be sure to remember all the sights and sounds that I read about in this work!
4 out of 5 Regency Stars
Pride & Pyramids: Mr. Darcy in Egypt, by Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb
Trade paperback (320) pages
Kimberly Denny-Ryder is the owner/moderator of Reflections of a Book Addict, a book blog dedicated to following her journey of reading 100 books a year, while attempting to keep a life! When not reading, Kim can be found volunteering as the co-chair of a 24hr cancer awareness event, as well as an active member of Quinnipiac University’s alumni association. When not reading or volunteering, Kim can be found at her full-time job working in vehicle funding. She lives with her husband Todd and two cats, Belle and Sebastian, in Connecticut.
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