By Lauren Haney
To Honor The Gods Amid Treachery and DeathFrom everywhere, they've got come to the capital urban of Waset for the opulent dinner party of Opet-- sovereigns and supplicants, the pious and proud, collecting for the eleven-day-long revelries. whereas greeting pals 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 reduce. Bak has no authority to enquire what can be a basic subject of Hittite politics -- till related murders happen in the sacred precinct of the Lord Amon. even though this urban isn't his personal, Bak eagerly has the same opinion to assist within the research. yet his decided look for connections embroils him in a terrifying conspiracy that issues to the court docket of Queen Hatshepsut herself. Untold others could be becoming a member of the ranks of the useless ahead of the villain is finished -- with Lieutenant Bak numbered between them.
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The young priest was looking one way and then another, studying the people walking along the processional way, and peering down the lanes that ended near the sanctuary. He had been in such a hurry to leave the sacred precinct, yet here he was, apparently waiting for someone. A woman perhaps? 48 Lauren Haney Hori ﬂung a contemptuous look at the young Medjay. “She wouldn’t want to point a ﬁnger at herself. ” Kasaya shook his head in disgust. “A woman cut a man’s throat? ” Bak groaned inwardly. The pair’s squabbling seemed never to end.
Bak guessed he had been lifeless when the ﬁre started. He prayed such had been the case. ” he asked Amonked. ” Amonked cleared his throat, swallowed. “He was a ranking scribe, but was to serve throughout the Opet festival as a priest. ” The daily ceremony was one in which food offerings were distributed as extra rations to personnel who toiled in the god’s mansion and to others who petitioned for a share. Why would a man who held such an important but transitory and innocuous task be slain? ” With an absentminded smile, Bak accepted a jar of beer from the boy who had brought them from the barque sanctuary over an hour earlier.
Their meal ﬁnished, Bak climbed atop the wall to scan the court in search of Amonked. He spotted his Medjays scattered around, watching a variety of performances, but could not ﬁnd Maatkare Hatshepsut’s cousin. He must have gone with the procession into the sacred precinct.
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