Per-Bast: A Tale of Cats in Ancient Egypt
As a plague spreads over Egypt, Neferure’s feline kind are the first to endure the fatal consequences. Ramesses 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.
Lara-Dawn Stiegler is a Canadian author who was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She has had an enduring interest in the connection between humanity and nature, and the cultures that exonerated that bond. Inspiration for her writing comes from research into the past and from her affinity for animals. Per-Bast: A Tale of Cats in Ancient Egypt is her debut novel.
Winner of Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award – silver in YA fiction