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She stood at the foot of her mother’s bed.
Light from clay lamps flickered, casting trembling shadows.
Breezes, heavy with incense, stirred linen drapes.
Seven women, the Hathors, stood around the bed hunched over the old woman. She lay still, wheezing, taking shallow breaths. Wisps of white hair, tangled and brushed away from her forehead, framed her aged face. In outstretched hands, she grasped coverings.
They stood in silence transmitting words and images with thoughts.
Gasping, the old woman called out, her voice ragged, “Batresh.”
The Hathors acted quickly. The technology in the jewelry they wore, the medallions and stones that hung from their foreheads activated, casting light towards the old woman. They closed their eyes and chanted low-pitched words from the old language. Acolytes behind them shook sistrums, accompanying the chant with metallic shimmering.
Batresh witnessed this ritual once before. Like then, her head swam. The walls melted, swirling around her. Closing her eyes, she held onto the bedpost. Soot from incense burned her nostrils. Her heart pounded.
Slowly, incrementally, as if waking from a dream, the dizziness diminished. She regained her footing and tried to stand. The chanting stopped. Opening her eyes, she saw the Hathors standing back from the bed, staring at the lifeless body of the old woman.
The transfer was complete, her Ka sent to another time, to another place.
The Matriarch was dead.
sarahsweet898123: I loved the story ... its was fascinating. ... cant put it down.... the way it was written....was so beautiful. .. the details. .. especially the characters. ..I loved them so much ... Garrick and mairi... every time there was some kind of attraction. ... just cant help it .... no words to express
Hawkebat: Playing both Kotor I & II and Swtor I found the story line interesting and it held me until chapter 35 Very good story and plot flow until then, very few technical errors. I felt that the main character was a bit under and over powered, as it fought for balance. The last few chapters felt too f...
ericaporamoralcine: La trama es muy interesante y original y eso ya dice muchísimo cuando todos tratan de triunfar con ideas ya trilladas.No puedo opinar en detalle sobre la gramática, porque a pesar de entender el inglés a la perfección, la falta de uso en cuanto a lectura y diálogo hacen que me maneje bastante mal...
Oru Manna: Within this tale is a cast of characters with intensely unique voices and personas; each one radiating their own desires so clearly, you would think they were all written by different people. Their behaviors, their speech patterns, even their thoughts are so independent of one another, it really ...
Alexis Dredd Zarcal: Overall, it's a rather thrilling piece, merging superstition, psychology, slice of life, and the usual Japanese risque fare. All the elements have rhyme and reason in being placed together.The respective background stories of the characters involved so far also give a sense of flair and thrill.I'...
Lizzie Upson: I absolutely LOVED this book. I loved how you took your time to let us get to know the characters and how you showed Matilda slowly falling for Knut. Is there a sequel? I need to find out what happens! Some errors in punctuation and spelling but they would be corrected in editing.
Kasei Bulloch: At the beginning I wasn't very into the story but I kept reading and was more hooked than I was with Battle of the Wills. All of a sudden I had devoured chapter after chapter then the book was over. I am dying for The Compact. Please help a girl out!
genlynne2379: I read the other review of this book and I must say that I disagree with it wholeheartedly. I do not believe the author put the apostrophes in the names just to be unique, but because the characters are supposedly of a different race than humans. They are Anmah. They should have different names a...