Lady Tiya is bound to the service of the goddess Nephthys, who plans to sacrifice Tiya's body to protect Egypt from an ancient terror. She embarks to meet her grim fate alone but for the hardened warrior Khenet, who is fated to die at her side. Tiya's dreams of love and family now seem impossible, and Khenet, who is the last of his line, knows his culture will die with him. Struggling with the high cost of Nephthys's demands, both resolve to remain loyal.
Neither expects the passion that flowers when Tiya's quiet courage and ethereal beauty meet Khenet's firm strength and resolve. On a boat down the Nile, their two lonely souls find in each other a reason to live. But time is short and trust elusive.
Without the willing sacrifice of Tiya and Khenet, a great evil will return to Egypt. How could the gods demand their deaths when they've only just begun to live?
Book two of The Gods of Egypt
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Khenet waited in Pharaoh's private chambers eyeing the gilded chairs pulled up to Pharaoh's ebony table, but no one, not even him, dared to sit without the ruler's express permission.
A dull ache had settled in his head and Khenet blamed the oppressive weather cursing the city. Unseasonal thunderstorms rumbling all night long had made sleep impossible. And I had that damn dream again. Rubbing his forehead, he sighed. Talk about bad omens. The palace summons had come to the barracks that morning before he'd even had time for breakfast. His stomach growled and he stiffened his spine. Whatever Pharaoh Nat-re-akhte needed him for, he swas ready. Too much leisure between battles wore on his nerves.
The door flew open and Pharaoh strode into the room, approaching Khenet. The ruler's face was more careworn than it had been a year ago, and a few gray strands prematurely peppered his short black hair, but the unusual green eyes were bright and sparkling as always. "My brother, it's been too long since we spent time together." They clasped arms, leaning in for a quick hug.
"Not since we harried those Hyksos raiders from the neighboring province," Khenet said, stepping back, eyeing the physical changes in Pharaoh's appearance. The cares of ruling Egypt are starting to weigh on him, clearly.
Pharaoh picked a handful of dates from a golden platter and sank into his favorite lion-footed ebony chair. Propping his bare feet on an ivory stool, he gestured at the ample spread of food on the table. "Will you have anything? Wine or beer, perhaps?"
Reaching for a meat roll, Khenet shook his head. "Early for beer, my lord."
Pharaoh poured himself a goblet full and, perhaps sensing Khenet's disapproval said, "Trust me, it's necessary today. Sit."
Khenet glanced at the closed door across from him. Unusual informality, given that he sent for me. This is no casual chat.
"We won't be disturbeddon't worry. But we also don't have much time." Having made the declaration, Pharaoh fell silent. He sipped at the beer and frowned, as if the taste failed to please him.
One did not speak unless spoken to in the presence of the Living God, but everything else had been unusual today. Khenet and his pharaoh did not stand on much ceremony when they were alone. Time to find out what's going on. "Your family is well?"
"Fine. The queen and my boy are healthy, praise the gods." Pharaoh set the goblet down with a thump, splashing beer on the table, and leaned forward, green eyes narrowed. "I need a personal favor. A dangerous, complicated task lies before me and only the right man can carry it out."
Action at last. Khenet straightened. "My brother has but to name the thing, and I'll undertake it."
Pharaoh held up one hand to forestall him. "Not so fast, brother. I'm seeking a volunteer, not giving orders today. The fact that I've started my quest with you doesn't mean you're required to accept. I had the Chief Scribe summon two other candidates, should you choose to pass on the assignment, but I won't lieyou're my first choice." The monarch waited until Khenet nodded, then leaned forward over the table, lowering his voice. "What we speak of must not go beyond these walls. The Great Ones are involved."
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4.5 stars. In ancient Egypt, the gods are real. They can take over a human's body, or they can form from mist, and they DO have power. Lady Tiya is from an ancient line of people bound to the service of the goddess Nephthys. Since a bizarre ruler has taken over the Viper Nome (a kind of province), the only hope of the gods for the future of Egypt is to sneak in, using Lady Tiya's body, and to use her - and her bodyguard, Khenet, to defeat the threat, even if the most likely outcome is the death of both Khenet and Tiya. Along the journey down (up?) the Nile, Khenet and Tiya fall in love. While they recognize the need to defeat the Normarch of the Viper Nome, even if it costs their own lives. Not surprisingly, they'd prefer to live, and love. Khenet is a not-untypical romance alpha male, complete with sexy bod and even tattoos, but he's also tender and considerate to a girl with a migraine. Tiya is beautiful, brave, smart and resourceful without going all Lara Croft action heroine. She has her own ways of being heroic, which I appreciated. Love the coming-to-life of goddesses/gods Nephthys (no, I never heard of her before, either), Isis, and Horus. The ship cat on the Water Horse. The danger of crocodiles, and the scent of lotus flower. This novel really transports the reader to a world not frequently visited, in romance or other fiction.
I've been a fan of Veronica Scott's since I read the first book in her Gods of Egypt series Priestess of the Nile back in 2011 when Turning the Pages was a wee blog, just starting out. I think that it was one of the first NetGalley books that I was approved for and I've felt a loyalty to the author and series ever since. This historical paranormal romance is the second book in the series but I feel that it can be read completely on it's own because there was no mention of the characters or reference to the story in the first book at all. This one is all Tiya and Khenet. Tiya is a sweet girl. Completely innocent and willing to put her life on the line to save another, and help the goddess Nephthys in her plot to undermine a rival land's leader. Khenet is our dark brooding soldier that has undertaken the job bestowed on him by his adopted brother the new Pharoh out of love and respect for the man, even though he knew he might not come back. I liked the chemistry between Tiya and Khenet, while they only had a short journey in which to fall in love it was sweet. It wasn't one of those dreaded insta-love situations where the characters meet, fall in love and end up diddling each other's brains out within a day or two. There was an instant attraction between the two but the love for each other was slow in blooming (slow for such a short read). Then again neither of them had much to loose considering the mission that they were on which of course, our soldier Khenet took very seriously. As much as I liked him as a character, I wish that he wasn't such a hardass but he did mellow out some thanks to Tiya, and he ended up having a bit of a sense of humour which I liked because it added to the chemistry the two had and they had it when it counted if you catch my drift. I also really like that in Scott's Gods of Egypt series the Gods come to life. Nephthys and Isis were the two goddesses we met in Warrior of the Nile and both had that whole "better than the humans" thing going on. However, Nephthys was the one that really didn't care about her human worshippers whereas Isis tried to help Tiya and Khenet when she could. I liked how the author tried to balance the extreme of Nephthys with the softer approach of Isis. Overall, this was a fun read. I loved that while it was a romance, and there was sex in the story that it wasn't every other page. There was an actual story, plot and bad guys. Warrior of the Nile was a quick novella and one that I was able to immerse myself in for an hour or two to get done, that just left me feeling happy with how it ended. If I had one complaint though it would be that I wish it were about 20 pages longer so certain aspects of the plot could be developed more. I would recommend this one to fans of historical romance who want to read something in an exotic local with a bit of the myth and pageantry of ancient Egypt playing a key role. The characters aren't perfect, but in the end they fit together so well you can't help but like them. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
Sweet, lovely, and full of magic, Warrior of the Nile was a wonderful historical romance. A combination of Ancient Egyptian myth and sweet romance, this is a book not to be missed. I've made no secret of my love of Ancient Egypt. Or, should I say: my obsession. I love all things Ancient Egypt, so finding a romance book set in that time was like striking gold for me. But, I'm kind of a detail freak when it comes to the mythology, so I was worried that one discrepancy might turn me off from the book. But, I didn't have to be worried. The book was accurate, which soothed my mythology OCD, and entirely enjoyable. The blend of myth with romance was perfect and I ended of loving this book. Tiya was a lovely heroine. She was strong and remarkable unselfish. When she learns that she and Khenet have to sacrifice themselves, she's not worried about herself. She petitions the gods for Khenet's life. But, don't be fooled by her kindness. If you get on her bad side, she will take you down. I thought she was a likable, wonderful character. Khenet was also great. He was super sweet and strong. His sense of duty is paramount to him. Even if it meant dying, he was willing to sacrifice himself for Egypt and for the woman he loves. I thought he was adorable and I really liked him. The romance was lovely. A perfect blend of sweet and spicy. These two were adorable together, their love completely pure and devoted. And, the chemistry between them is undeniable from the moment they meet. They were wonderful together. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. I really liked how the sacrifice was resolved and how it was explained. I knew that Tiya and Khenet had to live at the end, I just didn't know how that was going to happen, so the author managed to surprise me. I enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. Warrior of the Nile was a fantastic historical romance. It had magic, myth, romance, and surprises. I really enjoyed reading this lovely book. Romance lovers, if you want something a little different, but no less great, then this is a book you'll want to check out. *Thanks to Netgalley and Carina Press for a copy!
Having had a major thing for Ancient Egypt, I leaped at the chance to read a book set in there. There haven’t been that many that focused on such an old period – Cleopatra-related novels abound, but not so many set before Ramses II. I’m very satisfied that I did, even if reading the book took me longer than it should have. Tiya is definitely a good, strong woman without needing to be a kick-butt heroine. She’s not trained to fight nor does she insist that she be allowed to wade into combat when she’s not remotely qualified to do so. That doesn’t mean she sits back and waits for the man to rescue her though. She’s trapped by her heritage into serving Nephthys, an Egyptian goddess with a major attitude, and is expected to give her life in service to the goddess, who has plans to murder a rather nasty provincial leader who’s trying to bring a demon to earth to conquer Egypt. Khenet is a loyal Egyptian, adopted brother to Pharaoh, and devoted to his duty. He’s agreed to escort Tiya to her fate and ends up with growing feelings for her along the course of their journey. There was a lot to absorb in this book. Ms. Scott did a generally great job of conveying the beliefs of the Egyptians and bringing those gods and goddesses to life for me. I loved when the deities actually put in appearances. The problem I had with some of this was how much it felt like (if you took out the gods/goddesses), this could be just translated into modern times. There was a particular bar/restaurant scene which read exactly like a modern-day one. Periodically throughout the book, I felt like we were watching a modern-day costume party with everyone dressed up as Egyptians. But, ultimately, that issue didn’t keep me from enjoying the book. The end was fantastic and I loved how Khenet’s loyalties to two different pantheons (he was an adopted Egyptian, but was the last of his own people, so worshiped both sets of gods) played out and ultimately helped save the day. I can’t wait to read more by Ms. Scott and hopefully there will be more in the Gods of Egypt series. 4-stars and yay! Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.