by Veronica Scott
Tyema is a wonderfully detailed character. She is timid and unsure in social settings but confident in her role as Sobek’s celebrant on earth. She is very uncomfortable in Thebes for it’s very contrived social musts and grateful to Sahure for his help but when it comes to the Head Priest of the Temple of Sobek in Thebes questioning her vision she smacks him down in what is a very realistic way for this extraordinarily well-crafted character. Tyema and Sahure are refreshingly direct with each other and in their lives so that the reader is clear in how they feel but also very clear on how impossible their feelings are for each other.
Scott doesn’t spare the background characters. We get a rich and developed mix of personalities from the scribes to the crocodile keeper to the sister married to a god. The whole world and characters are so interesting that this reader sat rapt as Tyema and Sahure walked through the Pharoah’s zoo. I was with them and loving every minute of it. “Magic of the Nile” transports the reader.
If you like romance you will love the Gods of Egypt series. Start with this one. It’s a wonderful read.
Scorned and ignored as a child by her family because of her crippled foot, Tyema was magically healed by Sobek the Crocodile God, then installed as the High Priestess of his temple. But Tyema is still haunted by her memories, scarred by the abuse she endured. Despite Sobek’s protection, as an adult she’s become a near recluse inside the temple grounds…
Until Captain Sahure arrives in her remote town, sent from Thebes on an urgent mission for Pharaoh, requiring High Priestess Tyema’s help. From that moment on, her quiet, safe life is upended in ways she never could have expected.
But after a whirlwind romance with Sahure, the two part as Pharaoh orders him to undertake another assignment on Egypt’s dangerous frontier, far from Tyema’s remote town.
Heart-broken, Tyema is ready to return to her life of loneliness, official duties and, now, regret. But the Crocodile God has other plans for his priestess: she must uncover the sorcerer who threatens Pharaoh’s life with black magic. Soon enough, Tyema finds herself thrown into the chaos of Pharoah’s court, neck deep in intrigue and danger. Just when she thinks she can’t take the pressures of a very public court life and her secret investigation for the Crocodile God any longer, Sahure re-enters the scene.
But is her former love there to help or to hinder? Can they resolve their differences and work together to find the dark sorcerer who threatens Pharaoh and Egypt? Will the love between a proud warrior and a shy priestess lead them to a future together?
Standalone sequel to Priestess of the Nile…
Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.