The excerpt, continuing on, close to the beginning of the book.
Excerpt – I’ve jumped ahead a bit. Mayet has escaped the temple but the sights which meet her eyes are terrifying:
As Mayet rushed past the end of the trash pits, she gasped and stopped, hand to her mouth in horror. The city was burning, flames reaching to the skies and smoke obscuring the sun.
For one brief moment she hesitated, looking longingly to the southwest, where her home village lay, far away. She’d give anything to be safe at home with her family but she knew the journey there would be impossible on her own. Surely Shabak’s army was patrolling in that direction.
Streams of people were moving across the plains away from the city, some on the road north but most striking out on various paths as they attempted to flee the devastation and killing. Mayet hastened to join the one of the motley groups. There was a tiny window of opportunity for these people—and her—to escape the invaders while the southern warriors were intent on killing the governor and the priests and priestesses and high-ranking nobles and scribes and looting the temples, the granaries and the finer homes. Right now the raiders had no attention to spare for the poor folk unless they literally ran into each other but that would change.
DANGER ON THE NILE (CHILDREN OF FATE) by Veronica Scott
1550 BCE. Mayet is a newly appointed priestess at the temple of Isis in a southern Egyptian border town. When enemies attack the city, she must flee alone with a sacred effigy to keep the invaders from claiming it and using it for their own magic rituals. Joining with other refugees from the stricken city, she has to hide the statue from curious eyes and comfort her companions as if she was a learned, senior priestess. They all look to her for leadership on their desperate trek north. With the enemy close on their heels, Mayet stumbles over an ancient, abandoned fort, where her party takes refuge. Surrounded and trapped by the invaders, she faces a bleak future.
Khay is a high-ranking Egyptian officer, sent by Pharaoh to negotiate treaties with various southern tribes. He and his soldiers narrowly escape an ambush at the city where Mayet’s temple was located and are on the run from the invaders when he sees the shelter of an abandoned fort. Now he and his men are also trapped inside the stout walls with no food and no hope of rescue. Yet he has no regrets for the priestess leading the refugees is the woman the goddess Isis has shown him in a vision, the one who could become his wife.
Together Mayet and Khay must find a way to bring their people to freedom. Will Isis listen to pleas from such a fledgling priestess? Khay comes from a famous family, smiled upon by other gods – will any of them come to his aid? As the pair struggle to stay alive and save the other Egyptians, attraction grows and unites their hearts. But is there to be a future in this world, or only in the Afterlife?
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