The excerpt, continuing on, close to the beginning of the book.
Excerpt – Captain Khay and his friend Nesmont are discussing the future. Khay tells his friend what he truly wants in a wife after Nesmont lists several noble ladies as candidates:
Studying the silver pattern of the wind driven waves, Khay pondered. “She’s all you say and more. A perfect wife and partner for one of my station and aspirations.”
“But?” His friend prodded for answers as only a shield brother could do. Nesmont and he had been best friends since childhood and the other had spent more time at Khay’s home than his own through the years.
“My father says his heart beats only for my mother,” Khay said in a rare burst of complete candor. “They both swear they knew they were meant for each other the first time they met.” Picking up three smooth stones, he skipped them one after another across the lake and added, “I want what my parents have. I want the spark in my heart, fire for the one woman and only her for the rest of my life and the Afterlife.”
“You don’t ask much, do you?” Nesmont’s tone was chiding. “Few men indeed are blessed to find such a one to have as mistress of his house.”
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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