A Path of Shadows by Lauren Haney

By Lauren Haney

The Gods blessed Lieutenant Bak, head of the Medjay police, with a unprecedented brilliance -- that's why he's the only to whom his commander turns in a time of desire. The explorer Minnakht has vanished into the great and cruel Egyptian wasteland -- or maybe has strayed perilously with reference to Queen Maatkare Hatshepsut’s well-guarded turquoise mines -- and ahead of Bak sails north on a brand new task he's to find the lacking guy. yet evil is touring with him and his Medjays within the caravan they accompany eastward. somebody -- or anything -- is chargeable for the unusual rash of deaths that's speedily thinning the numbers in their fellow tourists. an easy look for a lacking adventurer turns into a twisted knot of treachery and blood -- one who threatens to strangle the lifestyles from Bak and his males and go away them buried for all eternity underneath the blistering sands.

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Do I personally think him guilty of wrongdoing? ” User watched one of the drovers lift several bundles one after another, testing their weight to be sure none was too heavy for a donkey. The man who had watered the animals began to load them. “All I’m saying is that not many nomads speak the tongue of Kemet. I’ve learned a few words over the years, but not enough. If anything were to happen to my guide and the drovers, I’d not lose my way. ” Bak could see the weakness troubled him. ” “The one wearing the faded red leather kilt.

Before leaving Waset, Bak had questioned a seasoned officer who had escorted prisoners and supplies through the Eastern Desert and across the sea to the turquoise and copper mines. He thought of all the man had told him: the long treks between watering places, the enormous and rugged wadis and mountains, the immense sea with its endless coastline and multitude of islands. How could he hope to find one small man in a land so vast? Full darkness fell. The air grew cool and fresh. The stars sparkled with a crystalline brilliance and the moon, a pale half circle, lit the sand beneath their feet.

Bak eyed the men standing at the edge of the hollow. Ani and Wensu were staring at the body as if never before had they been so close to death. Ani looked appalled by what he saw; Wensu’s face registered distaste. Amonmose appeared saddened by the death, yet curious. Nebenkemet looked on with the composure of a man inured to all life had to offer. Senna seemed mildly troubled, while Dedu and the drovers looked as if they wanted nothing more than to turn their backs and go on their way. Except for Psuro, who stood slightly apart from the other men, the Medjays had come and gone.

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