10 Books About Egyptian Mythology

The ancient Egyptian civilization began around 3200 BCE, located in the Nile River Valley with desert 4 miles on either side. This provided the Egyptians with prosperous trade and travel. The Egyptians became a very advanced people. They had a system of writing, mathematics, architecture, and engineering.

Egyptian art and medicine were very advanced for their time. Religion played an important part in ancient Egyptian’s lives. They were polytheistic, meaning they worshipped many gods, as many as 700, depending on the pharaoh. Different gods became important at different times.

Mostly, Rore was worshipped as the sun God and Isis as the goddess of motherhood, wisdom, and magic during phases of different Egyptian empires. Pharaoh was considered a God as well. Egyptians would choose the gods they wanted to worship based on their needs, work, and family life. Most gods were seen as kind and helpful and were believed to have power over the earth.

Temples were built, and small statues were kept in homes and worshiped. Egyptians believed the soul continued to live after death. The dead soul was free to leave the body but also needed the body as a home. It is why Egyptians mummified. Their culture and belief system created many myths. So most of the ancient books are on Egyptian mythological.

10 Books About Egyptian Mythology (Ancient Egyptians History)

Egyptian writing, called hieroglyphics, is an alphabet of symbols. For many years, no one in the modern world knew how to read hieroglyphs until the Rosetta Stone was discovered. This stone has the same message in three different languages: ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, demotic script, and Greek.

The discovery of the Rosetta Stone and years of studying the translations of its message unlocked the key to understanding the Egyptian hieroglyphs. The Rosetta Stone helped scientists and archaeologists understand the ancient Egyptians’ religions, beliefs, politics, and daily life.

So we can know about Egyptian culture, religion, and belief systems. Many authors research about them and make books about them. Most of the books are mythological based. Now, I will review the 10 best books about Egyptian mythology that’ll help you learn about Egyptian culture and entertain your reading time. Let’s start!

1. Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)

This is the first book in the Cain Chronicles series. The two main characters in the Red Pyramid are the Cain siblings. We have Carter Cain, the older brother, 14 years old, and Sadie Cain, the younger sister, 12 years old. Their family life is a bit complicated. Their mother passed away when they were pretty young. Ever since then, Carter has been accompanying his dad worldwide. His dad is an Egyptologist, jet-setting from one place to another. Carter wishes for stable home life.

We have Satan’s partner witnessing their dad perform the crazy ritual with Magic City, and Carter has to save the world and their dad. Both of the King siblings start to discover interesting powers very magically. It’s great to see diverse characters in books, and especially the main characters were awesome.

The siblings were funny and entertaining. Their relationship does have a sheet of predictability to it. You can see how their relationship starts at the beginning of the book and develops. By the end of the book, it’s still entertaining and funny to read about. You will learn about Egyptian mythology and culture.

Red Pyramid

Author: Rick Riordan
Average Customer Review: (4.7 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Ancient Mythology, Children’s Fantasy & Magic Books
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2. The Throne Of Fire

It is the second book in the Cain Chronicles trilogy, and the first book is ‘The Red Pyramid.’ The brother and sister duo named Carter and Sadie get into this whole Egyptian mythological world. So throwing fire in the last book, we left off with Carter and Sady trying to start this entire new branch of teaching magic through the path of the gods. When we start this book, we see that put into action.

There are more people at the headquarters, and it feels a bit more like Camp Half-Blood. It’s good to know that we’ve got people who have their backs but are also introduced to Walt. Walt is shrouded in mystery throughout most of the book. We don’t find out what is wrong with him until the end.

The Throne Of Fire

Author: Rick Riordan
Average Customer Review: (4.8 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Children’s General & Other Myth Books
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3. The Chaos of Stars

The Chaos of Stars is the story of Isadora, who is the latest in a long line of children from ICIS and Cyrus Egyptian gods. She’s got tons of brothers and sisters, and her parents don’t care about her. The surprising thing is, her parents are gods! If they loved her, would they make her immortal? They wouldn’t want to see her die someday. Then mom drops a bombshell and going to have another baby. It only adds fuel to the fire. When strange dreams start happening, ICIS sends Isadora to San Diego to stay with her older brother.

Isadora is grateful for the space. She’s grateful for the new setting to get out of Egypt. While she’s there, she realizes that she probably doesn’t know her parents or maybe herself as well as she thought she did. Also, she better figure it out soon because the danger is afoot.

Many talks lately about how books give us our happily ever after and fill us with good feelings. But that’s not always the case. It was brave of Kirsten to show through this retelling of Egyptian mythology how ordinary people are and our relationships with friends, families, and siblings. Secondary characters in this book were also fabulous. This book comments a lot on Isadora’s relationship with God. You can see those parallels if you read it as an allegory.

The Chaos of Stars

Author: Kiersten White
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Teen & Young Adult Myths & Legends
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4. Reawakened

This book is about a girl named Lily who lives in New York. She is the average girl who’s rich and has mommies and daddies who pay for her to do things to get away. So Lily is pretty much a somewhat normal girl. So Lily is in an art museum, and she stumbles upon the image of art. Also, she stumbled upon the Egypt exhibit when she needed to get away from somewhere. So, she finds a guy who has to reawaken from his mummy state. This man’s name is Amon.

Amon is pretty much the sun God in Egypt. He has two brothers who are similar kinds of gods. He doesn’t have the organs that he needs to live off of energy while he’s awakened. He needs Lily to find those organs. So he bonds with her and feeds off her energy to live pretty much in society today. These gods reawaken because they need to do some ceremony to keep the evil gods away. So they find their way there and find his brothers and reawaken them as well. That is the plot of this book.

Lily is the main character and narrative. She’s putting more imagery into the story than there was before. The characters remind me a lot of focus groups as well. Everything in the story reminded me of Tiger’s curse.

Reawakened

Author: Colleen Houck
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Adult Historical Romance, Myths & Legends
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5. The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Egyptian religion never constituted a single orientation. It was always based on many cults. As a result, the Egyptian pantheon was extensive, with over two thousand deities. The gods and goddesses were integral to these people’s everyday lives. The Egyptian landscape is a testament to the devotion and worship of its commoners and kings.

Cataloging the different dates that made up their religion is another. However, this challenge has been met through the famous complete series by the themes in Hudson Publishing Company.

Another outstanding publication by Professor Richard Wilkinson of Arizona University takes the reader to the world of Egyptian mythology. He was first examining the origins of Egypt’s DTES. He explains the rituals and mysteries that involved the very core of Egyptian life.

It follows up with the King’s relationships to the gods and how this changed throughout Egypt’s three thousand years. He ends with an extensive and detailed catalog of the individual gods and goddesses in 256 pages through 338 illustrations. This work should be on the bookshelf of every Egyptologist and is a must-have for everyone interested in ancient Egypt.

5. The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Author: Richard H. Wilkinson
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: History of New Age & Mythology, Ancient Egyptians History
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6. A History of Ancient Egypt

Nicolas Grimal became a French Egyptologist who would eventually head the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology in Cairo. He wrote this book to cover the first human settlements around 120,000 B.C. to the conquest of Alexander and 333 B.C. This publication is a classic in Egyptology because it focuses on Egyptian life from childbirth to death. It includes education, diet, the status of women’s medicine, and the building of the pyramids and temples.

This book uses a different naming convention for the pharaohs and only contains a handful of illustrations, although somewhat complicated for the lay reader. It is not tedious, even in matters of scholarly argument. Its study on Egyptian life makes this a valuable book for anyone’s collection. Also, it is the best book about Egyptian mythology I have ever read.

A History of Ancient Egypt

Author: Nicolas Grimal
Average Customer Review: (4.1 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Egyptian History
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7. The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt

If you’re looking for the most comprehensive scholarly book on ancient Egypt, look no further. This Oxford history of ancient Egypt takes you from the Neolithic period to its conquest by the Roman Empire, written by thirteen leading scholars and the world of Egyptology, and edited by the leading author, Dr. Ian Scx. This publication is the only single work to cover seven hundred thousand years of ancient Egyptian history.

A review by the Northern Echo reports that Egyptologists will have a field day. The casual reader will find plenty to arouse their interest, ranging from the story of the world’s first strike to the revelation. This book contains many ancient histories with over a hundred beautiful illustrations and over 500 pages.

Also, It includes the first examinations of the intermediate periods. So it is the complete history book on the topic and is a must-read for anyone seriously studying the Egyptian civilization. Although meant for advanced students, it is accessible to general readers interested in the field.

The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt

Author: Ian Shaw
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Egyptian History
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8. Cleopatra’s Daughter

This is the story of Cleopatra’s daughter, and the narrator is Cleopatra Saleen, one of Cleopatras’ twins. Mark Anthony was married to Cleopatra. But strangely enough, Mark Anthony was also married, previously sued the woman. So the woman felt a certain particular way when he abandoned women, and he went to Egypt.

The book describes the rich history of Rome, Greece, and Egypt. It gives you a lot of description about how things were done in these countries. There is a lot of plot, and the storyline is excellent. The outcome you see at the end of the book is not something you want to see. So it is so fascinating to read.

Cleopatra's Daughter

Author: Michelle Moran
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Historical Biographical Fiction
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9. Cleopatra’s Moon

This book is based on fiction, but it’s based on fact. There are a few made-up characters, but most are because the author has researched and elaborated their characters. The book is about Cleopatra, Celine’s journey from her mother. The war with the Romans at her mother’s going through a war. So it goes into the story of how she’s in Egypt.

Once the reality was declared, her entire life has changed a hundred percent. She’s no longer that princess that everybody loves and respects. Now she has to move to Rome, where they hate this family. They hate them. She’s treated not too badly, but she is treated like a princess. So it goes to that whole story. Also, there was a huge surprise twist at the end. You’ll have to read to the very end to find out.

Cleopatra's Moon

Author: Vicky Alvear Shecter
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Teen & Young Adult Ancient Civilization Fiction
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10. Everneath (Trilogy)

Everneath is a paranormal romance trilogy. It includes three books and a small novella. So the first book in a trilogy is called Everneath. The premise is about Nikki, who has been in the underworld for the last six months, the Everneath.

She comes back to the surface, which is the real world, to give her final goodbye to her family, friends, and boyfriend, Jack. Before she is taken away back into the underworld to waste away and die, giving energy to the Everneath. In the meantime, a guy who took her there tries to convince her not to die but rule the underworld with him as the queen.

I found the writing great and easy to read, and I couldn’t wait to turn the pages to find out what would happen next. Brody Ashton has painted a beautiful story that fits perfectly with the world. It’s an excellent read for teens and young adults and those who love reading Egypt’s mythology. The author twisted the Greek underworld type of thing and made it this new world.

Everneath

Author: Brodi Ashton
Average Customer Review: (4.3 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Teen & Young Adult Emotions & Feelings Fiction
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