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The Horus Road

Praise for Pauline Gedge

 

“Gedge excels at setting the scene and subtly evoking a sense of the period as she tells a timeless story of greed, love, and revenge.”


Kirkus Reviews

 

“Gedge makes the past so accessible. You can imagine walking between the pillars into a magnificent hall and watching it come alive with the smell of the fresh paint on the frescoes.”


The Globe and Mail

 

“Gedge vividly renders the exotic, sensuous world of ancient Memphis, the domestic rituals of bathing and dressing, the social ambience of superstition and spells.”


Publishers Weekly

 

“Gedge has such a terrific feel for ancient Egypt that the reader merrily suspends disbelief and hangs on for the ride.”


Calgary Herald

 

“Her richly colourful descriptions … hit the reader with photographic clarity.”


The Ottawa Sun

 

“Gedge has brought Egypt alive, not just the dry and sandy Egypt we know from archaeology, but the day-today workings of what was one of the greatest and most beautiful kingdoms in the history of the world.”


Quill & Quire

 

“Each volume is a carefully devised segment, with its own distinct flavour and texture. When put together, then the skill and workmanship of the whole undertaking stand out clearly. The trilogy is one of Pauline Gedge’s most appealing works.”


Edmonton Journal

 

“Gedge … has the magical ability to earn a reader’s suspension of disbelief.”


Toronto Star

 

“Pauline Gedge’s strengths—imagination, ingenuity in plotting, and convincing characterization—are here in abundance.”


Books in Canada

 

“Gedge draws another vivid picture of Ancient Egypt and skillfully weaves her dramatic tale of intrigue, treachery, and manipulation. Her historical novels have the ability to bring a period fully before us; it is possible to feel the heat and experience the pageantry she so ably describes.”


The Shuswap Sun

 

“Pauline Gedge’s knowledge of Egyptian history is both extensive and intimate, and has enabled her to produce an entire society of the time of Ramses II with admirable vitality. She has a sharp eye for the salient detail, and an evocative way with landscape and interiors. She can produce a mood and suggest an atmosphere … A very good story well told, and it engrosses the reader from the first page to the last.”


The Globe and Mail

PENGUIN CANADA

THE HORUS ROAD

PAULINE GEDGE
is the award-winning and bestselling author of eleven previous novels, eight of which are inspired by Egyptian history. Her first,
Child of the Morning
, won the Alberta Search-for-a-New Novelist Competition. In France, her second novel,
The Eagle and the Raven
, received the Jean Boujassy award from the Société des Gens des Lettres, and
The Twelfth Transforming
, the second of her Egyptian novels, won the Writers Guild of Alberta Best Novel of the Year Award. Her books have sold more than 250,000 copies in Canada alone; worldwide, they have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into eighteen languages. Pauline Gedge lives in Alberta.

ALSO BY PAULINE GEDGE

 

Child of the Morning

 

The Eagle and the Raven

 

Stargate

 

The Twelfth Transforming

 

Scroll of Saqqara

 

The Covenant

 

House of Dreams

 

House of Illusions

 

The Hippopotamus Marsh:

Lords of the Two Lands, Volume One

 

The Oasis: Lords of the Two Lands, Volume Two

 

The Twice Born

THE

HORUS

ROAD

Lords of the Two Lands

VOLUME THREE

PAULINE

GEDGE

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First published in a Viking Canada paperback by Penguin Group (Canada), a division of Pearson Canada Inc., 2000

Published in Penguin Canada paperback by Penguin Group (Canada), a division of Pearson Canada Inc., 2001

Published in this edition, 2007

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Copyright © Pauline Gedge, 2000

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LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA CATALOGUING IN PUBLICATION

Gedge, Pauline, 1945– The Horus road / Pauline Gedge.

(Lords of the two lands ; v. 3)

Originally publ.: Toronto : Viking, 2000.

Includes bibliographical references.

ISBN 978-0-14-316747-1

1. Ahmose I, King of Egypt—Fiction. 2. Egypt—History—To 332 B.C.—Fiction.

I. Title. II. Series: Gedge, Pauline, 1945– Lords of the two lands ; v. 3.

PS8563.E33H67   2007    C813’.54    C2007-903368-7

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ISBN-13: 978-0-14-316747-1

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This trilogy is dedicated to Prince Kamose, one of the most obscure and misunderstood characters in Egyptian history. I hope that in some small I have contributed to his rehabilitation
.

 

CHARACTER LIST

 

THE FAMILY

Ahmose Tao—Prince of Weset

Aahotep—his mother

Tetisheri—his grandmother

Aahmes-nefertari—his sister and wife

Tani—his younger sister

Ahmose-onkh—Aahmes-nefertari’s son by her eldest brother and first husband, Si-Amun, now deceased

Hent-ta-Hent—daughter to Ahmose and Aahmes-nefertari

Sat-Kamose—daughter to Ahmose and Aahmes-nefertari

 

MALE SERVANTS

Akhtoy—the Chief Steward

Kares—Steward to Aahotep

Uni—Steward to Tetisheri

Ipi—the Chief Scribe

Khabekhnet—the Chief Herald

Neferperet—the Chief Treasurer

Khunes—Aahmes-nefertari’s Scribe

Amuniseneb—Aahmes-nefertari’s Overseer of Granaries

Emkhu—Aahmes-nefertari’s Captain of the Household Guards

Yuf—Aahotep’s personal priest

Pa-she—Tutor to Ahmose-onkh

Hekayib—Ahmose’s body servant

 

FEMALE SERVANTS

Isis—Tetisheri’s body servant

Hetepet—Aahotep’s body servant

Heket—Tani’s body servant

Raa—Ahmose-onkh’s Nurse

Senehat—a servant

 

THE PRINCES

Hor-Aha—a native of Wawat and leader of the Medjay

Makhu of Akhmin

Mesehti of Djawati

Ankhmahor of Aabtu

Harkhuf—his son

Sebek-nakht of Mennofer

Antefoker of Iunu

 

OTHER EGYPTIANS

Tetaky—Mayor of Weset

Dagi—Mayor of Mennofer

Pahesi—Mayor of Nekheb

Amunmose—High Priest of Amun

Turi—Ahmose’s childhood friend and General of the Division of Amun

Ramose—son of Aahotep’s relatives, a close friend to Ahmose, and once Tani’s betrothed

Baba Abana—a naval officer

Kay (later Ahmose) Abana—his son, also a naval officer

Zaa pen Nekheb—Kay Abana’s young cousin

Qar—Captain of the ship
North

 

EGYPTIAN MILITARY PERSONNEL

DIVISION OF AMUN

Prince Ahmose—Commander-in-Chief

Turi—General

Ankhmahor—Commander of the Shock Troops

Idu—Standard Bearer

division of ra

Kagemni—General

Khnumhotep—Commander of the Shock Troops

Khaemhet—Standard Bearer

 

DIVISION OF PTAH

Akhethotep—General

 

DIVISION OF THOTH

Baqet—General

Tchanny—Commander of the Shock Troops

Pepynakht—Standard Bearer

 

DIVISION OF KHONSU

Iymery—General

 

DIVISION OF ANUBIS

Neferseshemptah—General

 

DIVISION OF OSIRIS

Meryrenefer—General

 

DIVISION OF HORUS

Khety—General

Ankhtify—Standard Bearer

 

DIVISION OF MONTU

Sebek-khu—General

 

THE SETIU

Awoserra Aqenenra Apepa—the King

Pezedkhu—General

Hat-Anath—a female courtier

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