Per-Bast: A Tale of Cats in Ancient Egypt
2007 winner of Foreward Magazine’s Book of the Year Award for YA fiction.
As a plague spreads over Egypt, Neferure’s feline kind are the first to endure the fatal consequences. Ramses III, Egypt’s last great pharaoh, has saved the empire from countless incursions, but after many wars the kingdom is on the brink of bankruptcy. Labour strife, shifting allegiances, and now this deadly plague threaten to bring a close to Egypt’s Golden Age.
When the High Priest of Karnak Temple is found dead in a fire, Neferure is convinced that the death is not natural. Her love, Sahu, who would never leave her, is gone in that very blaze. With none acknowledging the deaths as mysterious, Neferure alone will hunt to uncover answers. What she will find is that a promise can defy death, and that a sinister plot threatens all of Egypt – one that reaches into the realm of the gods.
As a plague spreads over Egypt, Neferure finds herself stranded in the turmoil surrounding death. A promise has been silenced; a piece of her heart torn away; and the High Priest of Karnak Temple has just been entombed. In the wake of her loss, Neferure alone will hunt to uncover answers, and will unveil a sinister plot threatening all of Egypt – one that reaches into the realm of the gods.
Driven by an unfulfilled promise, one cat will unveil a dark secret behind an ancient myth.
Reviews on Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Per-Bast is a Purr-fectly splendid novel . . . a great read for everyone and especially for anyone who loves cats and ancient Egypt. The author masterfully blends history with myth and legend in this unique fictional, albeit realistically insightful, mystery tale of cats in ancient Egypt. Ms. Stiegler has a true story-telling gift which builds the reader’s interest while stimulating the imagination. Her descriptive writing style breathes life into the text, creating visions of an ancient time and place which, like ancient hieroglyphics, brings them into the realm of eternal life through the written word . . . FIVE STARS
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