A Cruel Deceit by Lauren Haney

By Lauren Haney

To Honor The Gods Amid Treachery and DeathFrom in all places, they've got come to the capital urban of Waset for the opulent dinner party of Opet-- sovereigns and supplicants, the pious and proud, accumulating for the eleven-day-long revelries. whereas greeting acquaintances and fellow Medjay officials on the bustling harbor, Lieutenant Bak is distracted via 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 topic of Hittite politics -- until eventually comparable murders happen in the sacred precinct of the Lord Amon. notwithstanding this urban isn't his personal, Bak eagerly has the same opinion to assist within the research. yet his made up our minds look for connections embroils him in a terrifying conspiracy that issues to the courtroom of Queen Hatshepsut herself. Untold others can be becoming a member of the ranks of the useless prior to the villain is finished -- with Lieutenant Bak numbered between them.

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A dozen or more priests came next, some perfuming the air with incense while the rest purified the way with water or milk. A breath of air stirred the long red pennants mounted atop tall flagpoles clamped to the front of Ipet-isut’s entrance pylon, much of which was concealed behind the enclosure wall. The hush broke and voices rose in expectation. Maatkare Hatshepsut and Menkheperre Thutmose walked through the gate side by side. Bak noted the glitter of sunlight on gold, garments as white as a heron.

Yes, sir. ” He gulped air and clung to the amulet as if to life itself. “I was finishing a task before going out to watch the procession. I smelled smoke and came to look. ” Bak asked. ” One of the guards, an older man, pointed at the young priest. “Meryamon called for help and we came running. Thanks to the lord Amon, it hadn’t yet gotten out of control and was confined to the one small room. On the floor mostly, burning some scrolls and . ” The words tailed off and he licked his lips, uneasy with the A CRUEL DECEIT 31 memory.

She nodded. “Hapuseneb, the chief priest, sent him to the lord Amon’s storehouses here and throughout the land of Kemet. He gave him a scribe and four other men, all servants indentured to the god. His task and that of Tati, the scribe, was to make sure the records matched the stored items. ” Bak whistled softly. ” A task where a man might well make enemies. ” She spoke so softly he could barely hear. ” She nodded. “He’s been in Waset for about a month. ” She swallowed hard, flashed a smile much too animated to be real.

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