15 books inspired by Egyptian mythology

Ancient Egypt has captured the imagination of many writers over its 7,000 years of existence. Think of it like this: there was less time between Cleopatra and the iPhone than between Cleopatra and the Pyramids. That’s more than enough material to inspire authors of all ages to create everything from coloring books and graphic novels to in-depth guides to Egyptian mythology and historical non-fiction…

Pantheon by Hamish Steele

Illustrating how Egyptian myths are a journey, this graphic novel hilariously depicts the main stories like Amun creating the universe and Osiris ruling the underworld. While it’s certainly not a source for academic papers, it’s a good gateway into that world if you’re looking to laugh.

Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch

If you’re looking for more than a proper reference book, this is it. Incredibly comprehensive, it covers the timeline of mythical history by breaking down every ancient Egyptian deity, demon, concept, and principle in alphabetical order.

Egyptology by Emily Sands

Any child who loves history or mythology would love this classic. A great introduction to the genre, it tells the story of Egyptologist Emily Sands searching for King Tut’s tomb in 1926 when she mysteriously disappears with her crew. Your child will love this one.

Ancient Egypt Coloring Book by Hicham Eramdani

Exactly what it says on the cover: a coloring book centered around the deities, pharaohs, queens and mummies of ancient Egypt. Because if you’re not coloring in Tawaret, what are you doing?

The Spirit of Egypt by Jan Assman

Breaking down the workings of ancient Egyptian belief systems using examples from literature, artwork, hymns and inscriptions, this book is a window into how the ancient Egyptians perceived and perceived the world around them. We recommend taking it in pieces.

The Killing Moon by NK Jemisin

Based on ancient Egypt, Gujaareh is a city ruled by peace and fueled by dreams that heal and guide people to the next life. Yet something is rotten, a conspiracy within the main temple is brewing as innocent people are murdered in the name of the goddess. Step into a world that feels real and explore theology in depth as the plot unfolds with incredible suspense.

A Djinn Master by P. Djeli Clark

Steampunk meets urban fantasy in 1912 Cairo where Fatma, the youngest worker in the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities (we imagine if they had a website it would be maesa.gov.eg) has already saved the universe. Solving a murder in a secret brotherhood should be child’s play… right?

Egyptian Book of the Dead translated by Ogden Goelet and Raymond Faulkner

Here is a funerary text that was written during the New Kingdom. It was placed in burial chambers containing spells to facilitate its journey through the Duat, and became the first manuscript to be compiled in color and translated into English.

Jane Louise Curry’s Egyptian Box

Back in college, this book focuses on Tee who has moved to California to live in the house he inherited from his great-uncle. She also inherited a mummy-shaped wooden doll that transforms into a shabti. In life, he does everything that is asked of him: homework, chores, anything. But the doll begins to enjoy Tee’s life a little too much, which must end. It doesn’t sound like a nightmare at all.

Rick Riordan’s Red Pyramid

Part of The Kane Chronicles, its premise is similar to the Percy Jackson series. But instead of demigods, Carter and Sadie’s father was an Egyptologist, until he summoned a mysterious figure from the Rosetta Stone. The Egyptian gods return and a mad apocalyptic chaos is about to collapse. And here you thought driving in modern Cairo was “chaotic” enough.

Theodosia and The Eyes of Horus by RL Lafevers

From the series that is now an HBO Max broadcast, this third mystery follows budding Egyptologist, Theodosia Throckmorton, as she discovers an Emerald Table with questionable legends following her. Theodosia is catapulted into an adventure where Edwardian London and ancient Egypt collide, and stuffy grandmothers aren’t always what they seem.

Ramses: The Son of Light by Christian Jacq

Historical fiction about the life, love and reign of Ramses II, perhaps the most famous and powerful pharaoh to date. The five-book series is easy to read with its entertaining depiction of ancient Egypt, complete with guest appearances from Nefertiti and Moses.

River God by Wilbur Smith

Set during the Hyksos invasion, the adventure novel is accompanied by a love triangle between the pharaoh, the daughter of a lord and the soldier she is in love with. Yet the main character is Taita, a slave who must fight his way through the perils of the love triangle as the empire is about to fall to invaders.

Eloise Jarvis McGraw’s Gold Cup

Presented as a children’s book, it’s equally enjoyable for adults. Ranofer is a young orphan who wishes to rise above his situation to pursue a simple dream: to become an apprentice goldsmith. At the time, it gave him the kind of prestige and security that comes with being a banker, along with the joy of working for Azza Fahmy. Leaving his abusive half-brother behind, Ranofer stumbles upon one of ancient Egypt’s worst crimes and it’s up to him to do the right thing. Even if it costs everything.

Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green

Aimed at a more advanced age group, this collection of stories is written by a contemporary of CS Lewis and Tolkien, and is divided into three segments: stories of gods, stories of magic, and stories of adventure.

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