By Lauren Haney

From everywhere, 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 neighbors and fellow Medjay officials on the bustling harbor, Lieutenant Bak is distracted through 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 comparable murders take place in the sacred precinct of the Lord Amon. even though this urban isn't his personal, Bak eagerly consents to assist 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 can be becoming a member of the ranks of the lifeless sooner than the villain is completed -- with Lieutenant Bak numbered between them.

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The long parade of gods, royalty, priests, and dignitaries offered the best opportunity through the eleven-day festival not only of adoring at close hand the lord Amon, his spouse the lady Mut, and their son the lord Khonsu, but of seeing the most lofty individuals in the land of Kemet. The muted sounds of night had been torn asunder by the marching of the soldiers who had appeared at daybreak to spread out along the route. The soft sporadic laughter of a few half-awake individuals seeking the ideal spot from which to view the procession had become a roar of excitement.

About halfway between Ipet-isut and Ipet-resyt, Bak spot- 46 Lauren Haney ted two familiar figures approaching from the south: his scribe Hori and Kasaya, the youngest of his Medjays. He waved. Smiling with pleasure, they hastened to meet him. ” he asked. ” “We were looking for you, sir,” Hori said, falling in beside him. Delighted with the festival, the chubby young scribe practically skipped along the path. ” Kasaya took his place on Bak’s opposite side and they strode southward. ” The tall, hulking young Medjay shifted his shield to a more comfortable position and slung his spear over his shoulder in a very unsoldierly fashion.

The food, the acrobats, the musicians . ” He chopped off the rest of the thought, distracted by a sultry young woman passing by. Bak smiled. ” Hori shook his head. ” Clearing his thoughts of death and duty, Bak led the way in among the crowd that filled the large walled court in front of Ipet-resyt. At the back of the court rose the main gate through the high mudbrick wall that enclosed the lord Amon’s southern mansion and its support buildings. The procession had earlier passed into the sacred precinct, leaving the court swarming with people.

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