What are the best books set in Egypt?

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    Explore the rulers of Egypt with Michelle Moran's Nefertiti: A Novel. From love to betrayal, to political wars, and religious struggles, tickle your minds with vivid details on the two unforgettable women protagonists as told in this book.


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    Johnny King
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Nefertiti explores the rulers of Egypt. If you are looking for a historical story set in Egypt, this is definitely one that should be on your list!"
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    #2The Map of Love

    The Map of Love

    Ahdahf Soueif's the Map of Love is notably read for its good mix of culture and politics. Delve into another intricate storytelling about two women who fell in love with men outside their comfort zones.


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    Michael Medina
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Map of love is a great and inspiring book about two people who fell in love but they come from very different backgrounds. The story is very touching and intriguing as the couple try to discover their past and history. I highly recommend this book. "
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    Known for his Alexandria Quartet novels, Justine by Lawrence George Durell is the first in his tetralogy. More than the characters, the real heroine in this book is its setting - the Egyptian city of Alexandria.


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    Beatriz Solano
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I think this is very nicely written and is one of the best books I have read that was set in Egypt. I think the main character deals with a lot of turmoil in himself, but the setting is just wonderful. You can be transported to Egypt and feel like you were living there yourself."
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    #4The Seventh Scroll (Ancient Egypt)

    The Seventh Scroll (Ancient Egypt)

    The Seventh Scroll is a historical fiction and the second book in Ancient Egypt series written by Wilbur Smith. It is published in 1996 by St. Martin's Paperbacks. 


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    Wayne Austin
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I was skeptical of this at first. It sounded like a cheesy knockoff of Dan Brown. (I count Dan Brown as just barely on the readable and enjoyable side, but I can do without knockoffs.) But it turns out this is a well-developed story that makes sense in its own setting of Egypt. You get the sense of the characters as real people, but they clearly live in world that is different from our own, and have all sorts of different expectations. But they still need to solve problems, and what makes this book work is how they apply their own experiences to those problems. This doesn't feel like a modern story with the characters dressed Egyptian style, but works on its own."
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    #5Antony and Cleopatra

    Antony and Cleopatra
    Antony and Cleopatra is a historical fiction book written by William Shakespeare first published in 1606. This book contains the complete text of Antony and Cleopatra. 

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    Paul Santos
    Written on April 18, 2018
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    #6House of Illusions

    House of Illusions

    Pauline Gedge's House of Illusions recreates the golden age of Egypt. Observe how a peasant girl in Aswat developed from rags to riches while staying true to her principles.


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    Rakesh Gavde
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is supposed to be based on a true story, which adds an exciting element to an already exciting read. Usually epic historical novels skimp on character, but the author populates the book with people who are both foreign and recognizable. It is also possible to get a good sense of what life might have been like back then. This book has a lot to offer many readers. "
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    #7Lady of the Reeds

    Lady of the Reeds

    Pauline Gedge will take your creative minds at Upper Nile of Egypt through his Lady of the Reeds (The Hera Series). Take cues from the intelligent and ambitious Thu as she slowly reaches her unpredictable fortune.


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    Joshua Hunt
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "As someone that has always been in awe when reading about the pyramid's and Egypt's beautiful yet mysterious history, I found Lady of the Reeds to be an excellent read. This book takes place in Egypt and follows someone named Thu, of who is a mysterious lady that has a very interesting backstory. Thus far I have found the book to be a very enjoyable read!"
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    #8Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh

    Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh

    Joyce Tyldesley's Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh will inspire every woman to be as astounding and empowered as what they should be today. This book prolifically debunked the myths and misconceptions on the norms of women of today's era.


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    Theresa Peterson
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Egypt is a rich country with a rich history. Hatchepsut is a book about that will tackle parts of the histories that now define Egypt."
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    #9The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles)

    The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles)
    Carter and Sadie were reunited by their father Julius for a research experiment, but it unleashed a result far more terrifying than Julius ever wanted. An ancient dangerous god is awakening, and the siblings can only stop him by discovering and embracing their lineage.

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    Denise Ellis
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I bought this  The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles) for my kids and I tried to read to them. This mythology adventure book is quite interesting and made me think about Greek myth. It was well done and offered a great way for young starters to incline with great books. "
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    #10Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody)

    Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody)
    Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody) is a historical fiction set in Egypt (Northern Africa) written by Elizabeth Peters, published in 1988 by Grand Central Publishing.

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    Pamela Hawkins
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I found this to be interesting but somewhat slow. I really like the picture she paints with her words but the story is a bit slow for me. Still I thought it was a good book, I just won't be reading it twice."
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    #11The Memoirs of Cleopatra

    The Memoirs of Cleopatra

    The Memoirs of Cleopatra is a historical fiction novel written by best-selling novelist Margaret George first published in 1997 by Macmillan General Books.


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    Juan Baltazar
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Memoirs of Cleopatra is great historical novel, especially if you're interested in ancient civilizations. Very well written too."
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    #12River God (Ancient Egypt)

    River God (Ancient Egypt)

    River God is a historical fiction and the first book in Ancient Egypt series by Wilbur Smith. This adventure fantasy novel is published in 1995 by St. Martin's Paperbacks.


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    James Howell
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "If you're looking for fiction fantasy based on Egyptian Gods this book is the place to go."
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    #13Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World)

    Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World)

    Eternal Kiss of Darkness is an urban fantasy romance fiction and the second book in Night Huntress World series written by Jeaniene Frost. It is published in 2010 by Avon Books. 


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    Marie Cooper
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book is a poor solution in that it is set in Chicago, not in Egypt. Despite that, the book has several good reviews. Even so, it's missing the required element to be a good solution."
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    #14The Other Guy's Bride (Braxton)

    The Other Guy's Bride (Braxton)

    The Other Guy's Bride is a historical romance fiction and the second book in Braxton series written by Connie Brockway. It is published in 2011 by Montlake Romance. 


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    Andrea Nguyen
    Written on April 29, 2018
    ""The Other Guy's Bride" is a romance novel about a young archaeologist searching for a mystery in Egypt. It is not my favorite book, and there are better ones that take place in Egypt."
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    #15The Magnificent Marquis

    The Magnificent Marquis

    The Magnificent Marquis is a historical romance fiction novel written by Barbara Cartland. This book is about Marquis of Harlington and Delisia's escape from a loveless marriage to Egypt. It is first published in 2012


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    Jack Vasquez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I really enjoyed the historical setting of this novel. It provided a great "pre-built" world to establish characters in. The characters were really well "designed". This was a great journey to experience and the writing definitely made it a page turner."
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    #16Daughter of the Gods

    Daughter of the Gods
    Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt is a historical romance fiction novel written by Stephanie Thornton. It is first published in 2014 by NAL. 

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    Alexander Ramos
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book is well written historical fiction. The world building is great and feels accurate. Unfortunately, I didn't really like the main character. I enjoyed this book in a historical sense, but as a novel I wouldn't recommend it to those that aren't big into ancient Egypt."
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    #17Seduced by the Pharaoh

    Seduced by the Pharaoh

    Seduced by the Pharaoh is a historical romance fiction novel set in Egypt written by Sheniqua Waters. It is first published in 2013 by Theworldsbestbook.com. 


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    Jean Larson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book is very interesting, it is a realist version and has a lot to tell. The story is described very vividly and it has a very unique style of writing. I can say that this is a book that is worthy reading it, and knowing interesting mysteries of our past. "
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    #18Temple Cat

    Temple Cat
    Temple Cat is a fiction book written by Andrew Clements. It follows the story of a temple cat who is worshipped as a god in ancient Egypt and who has his own servants, but who wishes to be free to live a normal life. 

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    Jordan Hunter
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I'm torn on this one. It's not the best book to have ever graced my shelf, but it was entertaining enough that I finished it. I guess it really comes down to the concept. If the summary looks good to you, then give it a shot for its own cheesy nature. If it doesn't, then you aren't missing any grand surprises."
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    #19Cleopatra's Daughter

    Cleopatra's Daughter

    Cleopatra's Daughter is a historical fiction book written by Michelle Moran first published in 2009 by Random House Crown. This fiction book is about Cleopatra's daughter Selene.


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    Sunny Sheng
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Michelle Moran's Cleopatra's Daughter turns the focus to the ruler's daughter Selene. This historical fiction book gives you insight into daily life in ancient Egypt and a perspective of her infamous mother that we don't usually see in the history books. "
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    #20Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book About Ancient Egypt

    Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book About Ancient Egypt

    Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book About Ancient Egypt is a book by Gail Gibbons which provides an overview of ancient Egyptian life, people, daily activities, beliefs, customs, and knowledge from artifacts that were left behind.


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    Jessica Harper
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is a colorful and delightful way to learn about ancient Egypt life, people and other knowledge. It looks like a children't book, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it myself. It is comprehensive, without being boring, easy to read and easy to understand. I enjoyed recognizing that people today and people in ancient Egypt actually have a great many similarities."
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    #21Eyewitness: Mummy

    Eyewitness: Mummy
    Eyewitness: Mummy is a book by James Putnam which documents interesting facts about natural and man-made mummies. It features full-colored pictures of how mummies were prepared, why they were made, and how they were affected by weather. 

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    Nancy Han
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A good book that is all about mummies and the facts and myths surrounding them, about how they got prepared and it also features pictures of mummies!"
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    #22The Jewel Fish of Karnak

    The Jewel Fish of Karnak

    The Jewel Fish of Karnak is a fiction book by Graeme Base about Jackal and Ibis who are to be punished for theft, and who are offered redemption if they can bring back the precious Jewel Fish that was stolen from the Cat Pharaoh. 


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    Ashley Medina
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Jewel fish of Karnack is a book you can find in the fiction genre wherever you buy books. Graeme Base wrote this book and it centers on Jackal and Ibis who are punished for stealing but given an opportunity for redemption. This book is set in Egypt."
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    #23The Egyptian Cinderella

    The Egyptian Cinderella

    The Egyptian Cinderella is a fictional book by Shirley Climo is a wonderful spin on the classic Cinderella tale with an Egyptian twist. It follows the trials of Rhodopis, a slave, and how a series of events lead her to the Pharaoh himself.  

    Gary Delgado
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A really cool twist on the old Cinderella story that I enjoyed. I wish they'd give this kind of treatment to all classic fairy tails."
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    #24Zet and the Egyptian Mystery Cases

    Zet and the Egyptian Mystery Cases

    Zet and the Egyptian Mystery Cases is a series of books written by Scott Peters following the adventures of detective Zet and his sister Kat in Ancient Egypt. This set contains the first three books in the series.


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    Mark Jacobs
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This story was so fun to read. I love the whole series. This one was particularly exciting as well as fun."
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    #25Scroll Of Saqqara

    Scroll Of Saqqara

    Scroll of Saqqara is a historical fiction novel for young adults written by multiple award winner Pauline Gedge. It was published in 1990 and was titled Mirage in the U.S. release. It is a thriller with themes of power, lust, and obsession.


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    Brenda Cunningham
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "For fans of Egyptian culture and fiction, this is a great book and contains a ton of detailed history and information about Egypt. It is also a good story that will keep you wanting to turn the pages. I believe I finished it in just several days, it was that good. Of course all of Gedge's Egyptian books are great, but this is definitely one of my favorites, and it would be a good one to introduce new readers to her books."
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    #26Ancient Egypt

    Ancient Egypt
    Ancient Egypt is a historical nonfiction book by George Hart which contains details and dramatic photographs of ancient Egyptian life. This includes the pharaoh's court, mummies, tools, and toys. It was published in 2004 by DK Children.

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    Anna Carr
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Ancient Egypt is a wonderful nonfiction book by author George Hart about ancient Egyptian life. It details interesting bygones of the Egyptian era such as mummies and pharaohs. "
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    #27In the Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians

    In the Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians

    In the Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians is a book by Henrietta Mccall which explores the ancient traditions and religious beliefs which are part of the Ancient Egyptian culture. It was published in 2002 by Brighter Child.


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    Andrea Murray
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "In the Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians is a book by Henrietta Mccall that examines how the religious beliefs of Ancient Egyptians affected all the parts of their daily lives. I found this a very interesting view into a historically significant period. The book layout is a bit "busy" with lots of illustrations and sidebars, but it definitely holds your interest. It is part of a series about ancient religions and daily life."
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    #28To Catch a Bride (Devil Riders)

    To Catch a Bride (Devil Riders)

    To Catch a Bride is a historical romance fiction and the third book in Devil Riders series written by Anne Gracie. It is published in 2009 by Berkley Sensation. 


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    Miriam Palma
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "A beautiful and romantic tale set in majestic Egypt. This was perfect from start to finish. I couldn't put it down once I started. "


Best What are the best books set in Egypt
1NefertitiBooks 39 Paid
2The Map of LoveBooks 31 Paid
3JustineBooks 28 Paid
4The Seventh Scroll (Ancient Egypt)Books 26 Paid
5Antony and CleopatraBooks 24 Paid
6House of IllusionsBooks 22 Paid
7Lady of the ReedsBooks 19 Paid
8Hatchepsut: The Female PharaohBooks 15 Paid
9The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles)Books 12 Paid
10Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody)Books 7 Paid

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