The excerpt, continuing on, close to the beginning of the book.
Excerpt – Captain Khay and his friend Nesmont are discussing the future.
“Missing home? I know I am. I’ve had enough of these raucous feasts and ceremonies. I’m ready for civilization again.” Nesmont leaned on the next tree and regarded the serene waters of the oasis’s lake.
“Not like Pharaoh’s palace,” Khay said, voicing his earlier thoughts.
“True. Are you planning to seek a wife when we get home? I heard rumors your mother and the queen were plotting to force the issue next time you were ordered to Thebes.”
“Actually my mother is surprisingly pragmatic about the entire subject. She always says the gods will direct me to the person I’m to love. She and my father found each other when they were prisoners of the Hyksos, you know.”
“I’ve heard the story.” Nesmont’s tone was dry. “Many times. Your parents are legendary.”
“Well at least they don’t meddle.” Khay drew himself up. “I can find my own wife.”
“You do need one,” Nesmont said with practicality. “I know you’ve ambitions beyond the military and for the kinds of positions you covet, the right connections are necessary.”
“I have connections of my own,” Khay said with a bit of annoyance. Was his father not a cousin to Pharaoh?
“What about Lady Senetites?” Nesmont seemed determined to probe the subject tonight. Snapping his fingers, he said, “Wait, I know, Lady Merestekh. She’s beautiful, accomplished, well born, has a large dowry, is a lady in waiting to the queen and if the gossip be true, you know the way to her bedroom.”
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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