By Lauren Haney
To Honor The Gods Amid Treachery and DeathFrom in every single place, they've got come to the capital urban of Waset for the opulent banquet of Opet-- sovereigns and supplicants, the pious and proud, accumulating for the eleven-day-long revelries. whereas greeting pals and fellow Medjay officials on the bustling harbor, Lieutenant Bak is distracted by way of foul homicide, the invention of the physique of a Hittite horse dealer, his throat savagely lower. Bak has no authority to enquire what can be a basic topic of Hittite politics -- until eventually related murders take place in the sacred precinct of the Lord Amon. although this urban isn't really his personal, Bak eagerly has the same opinion to help within the research. yet his made up our minds look for connections embroils him in a terrifying conspiracy that issues to the court docket of Queen Hatshepsut herself. Untold others will be becoming a member of the ranks of the lifeless prior to the villain is completed -- with Lieutenant Bak numbered between them.
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Hawkers walked back and forth, calling out their wares: dried meat and ﬁsh, fruits and vegetables, sweet cakes, beer and water, perfumes, oil for rubbing on the skin, ﬂowers for the hair or to throw in the path of the gods, trinkets to remember the day, and amulets for protection. The smells of cooked meats, perfumes and ﬂowers, and fresh bread vied with the odor of manure dropped by chariot horses held by grooms in a nearby palm grove, awaiting the time when, led by their noble masters, they would join the procession.
Those few satisﬁed they had seen enough were making their way home, while a large number had gone off in search of beer and a good time. The booths had been dismantled to be carried farther along the route and set up again. The soldiers had broken ranks to join the rest in whatever endeavor most appealed to them. He had forgotten how utterly deserted the processional way could be after everyone moved on. Sparrows twittered undisturbed in a sycamore whose limbs brushed the sanctuary. Leaves rustled along the crushed limestone path, blown by the desultory breeze.
The colors, though no longer as vibrant as they once had been, were still lively enough to please the eye and lighten the heart of a man far less preoccupied than he. ” Amonked released a long, unhappy sigh. “It was short and direct, and I fear it deepens the mystery surrounding his death. ” Amonked stood erect and signaled that they must leave. ” He paused, obviously reluctant to speak out. “I hesitate to ask you, as you must be looking forward to the festival as much as everyone else. But I wish you to discover what the message refers to and to snare Woserhet’s slayer.
A Cruel Deceit by Lauren Haney