The Horned Viper: Egyptian Chronicles book 2 by Gill Harvey

The Horned Viper: Egyptian Chronicles book 2

Written by Gill Harvey
Part of the Egypt Adventures Series

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Having lost their parents to crocodiles in the Nile, 11 year old Isis joins a dance and music troupe whilst 13 year old Hopi, marked by the gods, pursues his strange connection with dangerous creatures in the world of ancient Egypt. When Isis is asked to journey up the Nile by a couple of people she insists her brother come too. As they journey along the river they both begin to realise something sinister is afoot. Can they solve the web of intrigue before their boat journey ends?

The first in the series Spitting Cobra is also published.


The Horned Viper: Egyptian Chronicles book 2 by Gill Harvey

The Horned Viper is the second in a new series of four books set in Ancient Egypt. The Spitting Cobra, the first in the series, was published in August 2009. Two further instalments will be released in 2010. Each book is a well researched and atmospheric evocation of Egyptian life encased in an exciting adventure story. The boy and girl characters, Hopi and Isis, feature in each book and readers will be intrigued to follow their struggles for existence and adventure in Egypt circa 1150 BC. In this story, The Horned Viper, Isis and Hopi find themselves on the banks of the River Nile, pitting their wits against dangerous servants.


Praise for Orphan of the Sun:

'Well-researched and extremely filmic, you can almost feel the heat and taste the ripe figs

'A rich story. The author's love for the place is evident and allows you to imagine events clearly even without any prior knowledge of ancient Egypt. An unusual, well researched book'

'Orphan of the Sun is a great resource to use for the Egyptians, and has an accompanying website bursting with information'

'Stories set in Ancient Egypt are rare so this is very welcome. Details of life at the time, the food, drink, clothing and customs come alive as part of the story, not indigestible facts'

About the Author

Gill Harvey

Photograph copyright © Gillian Doherty

Gill grew up in Warwickshire until the age of seven, when her family moved to a derelict railway station in mid-Wales. By the age of eighteen her only aim in life was to escape the Welsh hills, so off she went to explore. After an enlightening gap year, she ducked out of a law degree and studied French and Philosophy at University College, Oxford. Then she tried mental health work, environmental work, life in a VW van in the Outer Hebrides, busking, turning pigsties into craft workshops and working on an antiques stall... all fun, but none of them quite right.

Gill went freelance in 2000. It has involved all sorts of writing — commissioned fiction, non-fiction, film reviews and even a software manual. Then a year in Egypt resulted in both Orphan of the Sun, set in ancient Egypt, and Love in Luxor, a modern teenage love story (Piccadilly, 2005). Further travel led to journalism, and she now writes travel features, too.

Gill lives in London but is always itching to spend more time in Africa, her favourite continent.

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176 pages


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

5th October 2009




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