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, collecting for the eleven-day-long revelries. whereas greeting buddies 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 -- till comparable murders take place in the sacred precinct of the Lord Amon. even though this urban isn't really his personal, Bak eagerly is of 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 should be becoming a member of the ranks of the useless ahead of the villain is completed -- with Lieutenant Bak numbered between them.
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But here and now, at the beginning of the Beautiful Feast of Opet, all who could get close enough could witness their rulers’ public subjugation to their divine father. Bak vividly remembered the ﬁrst time he had seen the offering ritual, the disappointment he had felt. The festival had been much less grand during the reign of Akheperenre Thutmose, the ritual not so formalized. Bak had been a child of ten or so years, grown too large to sit on his father’s shoulders. The older man had knelt so his son could stand on his knee and look around the heads of the multitudes.
He stopped in the shadow of a white-plastered mudbrick building and looked at something in his hand. Dropping it to the ground, he stepped on it, hurried on down the lane, and vanished among the small, decrepit houses that lined this portion of the processional way. Bak, more curious than ever, plunged off the thoroughfare and into the lane where the redhead had been. On the ground he found the crushed pieces of a gray pottery shard. Kneeling, he picked up a few of the larger fragments and studied them.
Chapter Four Bak, Hori, and Kasaya passed the ﬁnal barque sanctuary and stopped at the southern end of the processional way to look upon the crowd ahead. After dwelling three years on the southern frontier, where man could eke out a living only on a narrow strip of land along the river, keeping the population low, the vast number of individuals gathered in this one place was staggering. “I grew to manhood across the river and often came to the festival,” Hori said, “but I’ve never seen anything like this.
A Cruel Deceit by Lauren Haney