The Shadow of the Pyramid

Shadows from the Past, Book 4

Children - Adventure
236 Pages
Reviewed on 10/03/2016
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Author Biography

A graduate of Exeter University in the UK in the early 1980s, I spent twenty years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies, before a change of career led me to writing children's fiction for Middle Grade readers. Currently residing in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, I live with my husband and our beautiful Tonkinese cat.

Shadows from the Past is a series of time-travel adventures, featuring three children and a rather unique feline companion. In addition to the full-length books, there are also some short stories – Max's Adventures - all of which are spin-offs from the series, featuring Max the cat on special solo missions. Shadows from the Past is far from complete. Still only halfway through the series, my young time-travellers have many more adventures to come. As I take my readers on a magical mystery tour through the past, I’m hoping that my love of history, myth and legend will rub off on them too.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite

Follow Max, Jemima, Joe, and Charlie on another adventure of a lifetime in The Shadow of the Pyramid by Wendy Leighton-Porter. Max, their Tonkinese cat, is terrified when the children announce that they will be traveling back to Ancient Egypt. What with the horrifying mummy nightmares he's been having, poor Max is reluctant to join his mistress Jemima on another trip back in time. Only he doesn't have a choice. Before he can explain his misgivings, Max is dragged back in time on a mission to help save a young Pharaoh that is in danger. When they arrive, Max and the children are thrown into the midst of an evil plot. Even worse, the victims are unaware that they are the targets. Being in ancient Egypt, Max wonders if his nightmares will come true? Can Max and the children protect the young Pharaoh before it's too late? Or will they be discovered before they can help the royal couple?

I was again impressed with the fascinating story that the author wove. Shadow of The Pyramid is the fourth book in the Shadows From The Past Series. I feel it is just as good as the other books in the series that I have had the pleasure of reading. I loved the rich descriptions of ancient Egypt and how the author explained the way the hieroglyphs were read. The book was filled with history, interesting characters, and humorous incidents that kept me laughing. I also am ashamed to admit that I cried when they cried. I felt so connected to the characters; I felt their triumphs and their losses. I love that the author takes the time to tell her readers what parts of her book are fiction and what parts are fact. This is another awesome read from Wendy Leighton-Porter. I would suggest these books for children ages 7-10, but anyone who enjoys a historical novel might enjoy the Shadows From The Past series.