By Lauren Haney
The Gods blessed Lieutenant Bak, head of the Medjay police, with a unprecedented brilliance -- that is why he's the single to whom his commander turns in a time of want. The explorer Minnakht has vanished into the sizeable and cruel Egyptian wasteland -- or maybe has strayed perilously just about Queen Maatkare Hatshepsut’s well-guarded turquoise mines -- and sooner than Bak sails north on a brand new project he's to find the lacking guy. yet evil is touring with him and his Medjays within the caravan they accompany eastward. an individual -- or whatever -- is accountable for the unusual rash of deaths that's swiftly thinning the numbers in their fellow tourists. a simple 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 depart them buried for all eternity underneath the blistering sands.
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Bak formed another smile. ” Wensu glanced at the explorer with poorly concealed contempt. ” A PATH OF SHADOWS 41 User stared hard at the young man, then swung around and walked away. Wensu sputtered in impotent fury. ” He beckoned the short, rotund man watching the drovers break camp. “Come. ” Ani, whose sole activity had been to hop from one spot to another, the better to peer at the men breaking camp, looked at Amonmose and at the nomads as if not sure where he was most needed. Flinging a last, reluctant look at the toiling men, he hastened to respond to the summons.
He clutched a shoulder, tried to shake him awake. Snapping out a sudden oath, he jerked his hand away and scrambled backwards. ” Bak knelt where User had been. He waved off the ﬂies buzzing around, laid a hand on the dead man’s shoulder, and felt the coolness of death. Giving himself no time for qualms, he eased backward and rolled the body onto its back. From the amount of stiffness, he guessed the man had been slain sometime early in the night, long before he and his Medjays had reached the well.
Most hinted at the discovery of gold; none pointed the way to ﬁnding it. Bak would have taken none seriously—except for the danger they posed to Minnakht. As soon as he had rewarded the old man, he hurried to the well. ” “How could I not have heard? From the moment I set foot in Kaine, I was besieged by men demanding that I tell them what I knew. ” The guide gave a derisive snort. ” Late in the day, they walked away from Kaine. To their left, the river and its cultivated plain turned to the west and disappeared, hidden by high limestone escarpments.
A Path of Shadows by Lauren Haney