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The Jewel of Seven Stars

by Bram Stoker
320 pages, Mystery
Reviewed by Sylvana Atlanta

Very entertaining book with some spiritual content.

Plot

In the early hours of the morning, a young lawyer is called to the home of a beautiful woman whom he has recently met, where her archaeologist father lies in a coma, the victim of a mysterious attack. The injured man is discovered to have dabbled in ritual magic in an attempt to raise an ancient Egyptian queen from the dead. As the hour of his great experiment approaches, a deadly supernatural struggle begins.

Morality

Over all the morality was good, I believe. Well, that is to say, it never really had /bad/ morals. People were respectful of one another, including asking the father for permission to court the daughter before mentioning it to her.

Spiritual Content

They talk of God, but they also talk of the Egyptian gods as though they are just as real. Personally, that bothered me.

Violence

There was rather a lot of violence, as was to be expected from this type of book, and Stoker went into rather a lot of detail about it (especially when describing blood), though compared to most modern books it wasn't bad.

Drug and Alcohol Content

The men smoke socially multiple times.

Sexual Content

None, really. Though, when they unwrap Queen Tera's mummy, she is not clothed, this is rather brief and not terribly specific.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

One of the men says, "Well, I'll be damned" once but apologizes as soon as he has said it.

Conclusion

I found it to be an entertaining book, if one is willing to sort through the oddities and you don't take it too seriously. There was a mixture of Christian and pagan religion, however, that should be approached cautiously.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 2.5
Written for Age: 13+

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