Book: The City of Refuge by Diana M. Wildercategories: Book, Revenge, Murder, Forgiveness, Grief, Adventure, Justice, Mystery, Action Adventure, Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ancient Egypt
Diana M. Wilderabout this book: What would you do if a routine assignment turns into a trip to a city that is reported to be cursed and haunted? If the high-ranking man you are escorting is a man without a past, and you come up against shadows from a hidden past that seem to threaten your every step? And now imagine what you would do if you realize in your very heart that the man you are guarding is someone you could trust with all you hold dear - and that he is at terrible risk in a game you can sense, but not understand.
That is the mood behind The City of Refuge, a story of long-past murder and revenge - and renewal.
I wrote this book to tell a story with those themes. It came about with a picture in my mind - a party of explorers and soldiers waiting for a boat to arrive, to unload a cargo that they knew nothing of. What was the cargo? Why was it a secret?
The story unfolded from there; the main character moves through puzzles, always following the man he has been sent to guard, and whom he comes to admire and love, almost as a father. I set the story in the turbulent years following the reign of Tutankhamun's father, Akhenaten, when Egypt was slowly returning to normalcy, shaking off all the unrest and hardship of those years. I peopled the story with characters who face our own challenges - the main character is a single father with a daughter who is recovering from a nearly fatal illness. In the midst of the puzzles he is facing, he has to deal with his worries abut her.
People haven't changed over time. We could step into those situations and deal with them as my characters have – and enjoy the reveal as thoroughly as they did.
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