For more than 500 years, the Valley of the Kings held a thriving community--and then it disappeared from the historical records for hundreds of years. Here is the story of the tombs and the ancient royalty buried there, as well as the compelling archeological hunt for the past. ..".vividly written...authoritative, informative, and entertaining throughout."--TLS. ..".bound to become a classic of Egyptology. One of the best serious books on archeology to appear in many years."--LA Herald Examiner.
There's a bit in the opening where Romer's describing the Egyptian landscape. You can feel the weight of history pressing in on you and it's only the limits of your own imagination that stops you being crushed. The man's a poet.
Unfortunately some technical problems with the writing contuses the meaning of some of his sentences. That problem is intermittent however, and the book is on the whole enjoyable.
Romer's particularly good on Egyptian art and makes a number of insightful comments. I understand he's an artist himself.
The book is particularly well illustrated, avoiding the glossy whore-shots you can find anywhere and using a lot of things you'll not find anywhere else.
If you're interested, Romer did a couple of excellent documentaries that complement this book: Romer's Egypt and Ancient Lives. You can find them knocking about on Youtube.