The New York Times on Bram Stoker's The Jewel of Seven Stars:
It would be impossible to say just what one really does think of Mr. Bram Stoker's "The Jewel of Seven Stars." It is one of those books that challenge the opinion by their very interest. Who dares say that a book has weak points in face of the fact that from the moment he begins to read it he is loath to drop it until the last page? True, there are chapters where a little less minutiae might not have marred the telling of the story and a hypercritical person might find weak places in the plot, but for all that it is a "ripping" good story of mystery and adventure.
To tell the story - aside from the question of injustice to the author - would be an absolute impossibility, so full is it of excitement and action. This much we can say, however. Centuries upon centuries ago an Egyptian Queen well versed in the magic of her day believed that the soul within her which was eternal was also subject to the might of her will. Therefore, she made preparations that when death should come, by the force of her power of the spirits of good and evil she should rise from the grave, reincarnate, at such time as her will should designate. As an incident of importance to the story, it must be told that the beautiful Queen possessed a remarkable hand of seven fingers. And because the priests of the time feared her, they set upon the gates of her tomb the wrath of the gods.
It was many centuries later that a Dutchman - one Van Huyn - had the temerity to enter the forbidden vault. There lay the mummied [sic] body of the Queen, with all the other pharaphernalia [sic] of her burial, all bearing a vital interest to the story, but too numerous to be inventoried here. Mr. Van Huyn found under the hand of the dead Queen - which was left without the mummy wrappings - the all-important jewel of the seven stars. He quietly departed after meeting with some startling experiences, wrote a book on the subject - and then dropped into oblivion.