Khai of Khem

Khai of Khem

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by Brian Lumley
     
 

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Considered by many to be among Brian Lumley's greatest works, the exciting Khai of Khem is little-known in the US. This time-traveling adventure story spans centuries and cultures in Lumley's trademark mix of horror and science fiction, much like his internationally-bestselling Necroscope series. Like the Necroscope novels, Khai of Khem is packed with fast-paced

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Considered by many to be among Brian Lumley's greatest works, the exciting Khai of Khem is little-known in the US. This time-traveling adventure story spans centuries and cultures in Lumley's trademark mix of horror and science fiction, much like his internationally-bestselling Necroscope series. Like the Necroscope novels, Khai of Khem is packed with fast-paced action, hair's-breadth escapes, all-consuming love, endless horror, and, in the person of Khai himself, quick wits and bravery in the teeth of danger.

Khai begins life in ancient Egypt as the son of Pharaoh Khasathut's chief architect. Believing Pharaoh to be a god, Khai is stunned to learn that the supposedly great and wise leader is a shriveled, ancient fossil of a man whose chief desires are to deflower young virgins and achieve eternal life through the powers of his black magicians. When Khai dares to raise a hand to Pharaoh, he is condemned to be a slave.

Escaping, Khai flees to neighboring Kush where he earns the rank of general in the army of Queen Ashtarta . . . and a place in Ashtarta's bed. In the heat of battle against Pharaoh's armies, Khai is betrayed by his best friend and falls victim to the evil spells of Khasathut's magicians, who send his soul winging centuries into the future.

In modern America, Khai searches for the reincarnated souls of his love, Ashtarta, and of his betrayer. Khai is amazed by many of the wonders of the modern world-television, air conditioning, and especially guns, bombs, and other weapons.
Returning to his own time, Khai uses the technologies he saw in the future to rewrite the past. But will he and Ashtarta be in time to prevent Khasathut from attaining immortality and using newly-gained alien powers to destroy all of Khem and Kush?

Originally published in the US in mass market in the early 1980s and unavailable for nearly twenty years, Khai of Khem is one of Brian Lumley's most sought-after novels. Tor Books is pleased to bring it to a new generation of Lumley's readers.

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Publishers Weekly
Brian Lumley fans will welcome the reissue of the veteran British author's 1981 novel, Khai of Khem. Like his Necroscope books, this Egyptian thriller showcases Lumley's trademark blend of science fiction and horror. Agent, Dot Lumley at the Dorian Literary Agency. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hardcover reprint of Lumley's early-'80s mass-market paperback, a youthful and super-purple blast of Egyptology, clearly aimed at fans who've collected cloth editions of his 13-volume Necroscope vampire epic. Sheathed in a scarlet shift, her right breast exposed, dark-eyed, raven-haired Ashtarta, sovereign Candace of Kush, is to marry General Khai Ibizin formerly of Khem (to be known as Egypt in coming times). She looks into the magic pool of Yuh-Shesh, hoping to foresee the results of her army's battle against Kush's ages-old enemy Khem, ruled by pyramid-building Pharaoh Khasathut. Instead, she sees Khai in some strange place where great birds bear humans aloft in their bellies without eating them, where carts without oxen or horses speed with people in strange and wondrous garb, where giant ships without sails cross the seas. It turns out, when Khai is returned to Ashtarta half-dead, that Pharaoh's wizards have sent his ka into the future; unless it returns, his body will die. Khai's old friend General Manek Thotak, who desires Ashtarta for himself, surrenders his ka to be sent by Ashtarta's wizards into the future to bring back Khai. The wizards bury Ashtarta's funerary mask with a ring each from Khai and Manek. Manek is supposed to dig up the mask and rings, show them to Khai, and spirit him back to his homeland. In the future, Khai awakes in London as Paul Arnott, whose fellow Egyptologist Wilfred Sommers shows him the funerary mask of Sh'tarra. Khai does return to Kush, with knowledge of future weaponry he puts to use. Mystic arts! Dark forces! Despite the occasional "greased lightning" clinker, fans will find this classy stuff.
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“A youthful and super-purple blast of Egyptology. Mystic arts! Dark forces! Fans will find this classy stuff.”—Kirkus Reviews on Khai of Khem

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429913331
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
525,213
File size:
1 MB

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