The Mummy, Or Ramses the Damned is book #1 out of 2 in the Ramses of the Damned series, which is a historical-horror fantasy novel published by the author Anne Rice in 1989.
The story takes place in 1914 London with the main character being Lawrence Stratford, a archaeologist and shipping company owner. After Lawrence goes on a dig in Egypt he discovers an unusual tomb. The tomb has warnings on the entrance to not disturb or be cursed, Lawrence of course heeds all warnings and continues his discovery by entering the tomb and finding even more unusual things. Among those things were accounts claiming that the Mummy in the tomb belonged to the great pharaoh Ramses the II but the dates left on the papyrus don’t add up, leaving Lawrence and others scratching their heads not quite believing the story. Shorty after the tomb is opened Lawrence is found dead in the tomb causing many speculations as to wether or not the tomb and the Mummy itself is indeed cursed.
Since Lawrence was to discover the tomb and the mummy his daughter, Julie Stratford, orders the Mummy to be sent to their home in London for a quick viewing by his close acquaintances before being sent to the British Museum. Before the items and the Mummy can be sent to the meseum strange things start to occur affecting everyone close to Lawrence, making disbelievers into believers in the curse.
Despite my bad reading year, caused by life putting me into a reading slump/funk, once I got news that Anne Rice and her son Christopher Rice was collaborating in sequel to the Mummy I decided to push through my slump and read it, for the first time by the way, in preparation for a new book by my favorite author.
When going into The Mummy I predicted the main premise of the story but instead of the horror-fantasy I thought it was going to be I was surprised to see that there was quite a bit of romance. Now I’m use to a certain degree of romance from reading The Vampire Chronicles series but this was a different romance, a more, how do I put it... Sexier? A bit of steamy romance. Which I didn’t mind at all and rather enjoyed! After noticing the published date of this novel I realized that it was published shortly after Anne’s erotica which is written under the pseudonym of A.N. Roquelaure and Anne Rampling. Although this wasn’t as erotic as it was romance I would definitely say wether romance fans or horror-fantasy fans you’ll enjoy this book.
The book at the beginning started off slow for me which wasmr because I didn’t find the story interesting but rather there was quite a bit of characters introduced in a short period of time and unlike other work by Anne it switches back and forth to each of the characters. Once I was able to get to know the characters and their backgrounds and how they fit into the overall story, I was enthralled.
I really liked the the characters and the individualities that she gave to each of them. The way Mr. Ramsey was described you can’t blame Julie for liking the man! As always Anne brings to life stories to life like no other can do, especially historical ones. Another thing she does so well is feature a well rounded “diverse” characters, which seems to be the topic of today’s society. Many of her characters going beyond the typical stereotype, gender, race or sexuality.. especially for the time written, she was always ahead of her time.
A common theme that occurs through most of Anne Rice’s works is immortality and this book was no exception. The common questions it makes you think of is if there was a way to be immortal would you do it? If so at what costs and risks would you be willing to take to achieve it? And why..
By the time the book was finished I wanted more. I wanted to know more about the characters and what had become of them, I wanted to know more about the history of how things came to be and what the future holds. At the end of the book Anne leaves the readers with a promise to a continuance that she is now sticking to 28 years later in book #2:
Ramses the Damned: Passion of Cleopatra, which is set to be published November 21st, 2017 and I highly recommend you read book #1 then pre-order/order book #2!
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