City of the Dead
T.L. Higley
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City of the Dead (Seven Wonders Series #2)
T.L. Higley
B&H Publications
400 pages
March 2009
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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The raising of the Great Pyramid of Giza is the biggest and boldest anticipated feat for Khufu, the Pharaoh of Egypt. For Hemiunu, the lead architect and Pharaoh’s right-hand man, it is his life’s work. Nothing should and could ever stand in the way of completing this pyramid, but fate always has a way of disrupting such things.

Hemi and Khufu are not only friends, loyal servant to Pharaoh, and cousins, but they also have a strong childhood foundation that has made the bond between them stronger and trusted than most. In the past lie secrets that hold the future’s balances on the edge of a knife. As near and dear friends and relations to both Hemi and Khufu begin dying at the hand of a treacherous murderer, Hemi must set aside his beloved project to find the killer threatening them all.

The local population believes the evil hovering near the great family is none other than the devilish Anubis. Such tactics as he employs prevent the dead from ever reaching their version of heaven. Who could be doing his work? Who is Anubis? He or she could only be one who is skilled with ruthlessness, insider knowledge, and cunning deceit - one who would go to any lengths to frame an innocent and kill a great many for a reason only a select handful of people could know anything about.

An ever weakening trail is causing Hemi to lose hope in finding the culprit behind the rising death toll. His searches lead him far and wide, introducing him to new people and new religious thoughts far different from Egypt’s chosen method of worship. When the cry for death upon the murderer comes far too close to home, these new alliances prove their mettle and aid Hemi in saving his life and the nation.

T.L. Higley does a remarkable job researching the characters and era of this time. The actual individuals from whom the characters are developed left lasting impressions and amazing creations in the land of Egypt. Higley is known for her travels to unusual places and landmarks, learning their history, and creating novels of great interest based on the knowledge she acquires from her journeys. While we are not all so fortunate as to travel the great world and see the amazing sights Higley has been privy to, she does us all a great deed through her novels, allowing us to experience, even in this fanciful mix of fiction and nonfiction, what she herself has seen.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2009

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