Mara, Daughter Of The NileBook - 1985
Mara is a proud and beautiful slave girl who yearns for freedom in ancient Egypt, under the rule of Queen Hatshepsut. Mara is not like other slaves; she can read and write, as well as speak the language of Babylonian. So, to barter for her freedom, she finds herself playing the dangerous role of double spy for two arch enemies--each of whom supports a contender for the throne of Egypt.
Against her will, Mara finds herself falling in love with one of her masters, the noble Sheftu, and she starts to believe in his plans of restoring Thutmose III to the throne. But just when Mara is ready to offer Sheftu her help and her heart, her duplicity is discovered, and a battle ensues in which both Mara's life and the fate of Egypt are at stake.
"Dangerous espionage, an unusual love story, and richly drawn background make this a book to capture quick and lasting interest."-- Horn Book
"Thoroughly engrossing."-- Kirkus Reviews
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Trouble brews in Egypt, both for and against the Pharaoh Hatshepsut, and Mara is caught right in the middle of it. Bought from a former master, Mara is lured with freedom and riches to become a spy for the Queen; later, however, she agrees to spy against the Queen to assist the oncoming rebellion. Mara is forced to deal with dangers, forbidden love, and a dire consequence if she fails to play either side incorrectly.
Mara is a slave, whose talents for reading and stealing get her beaten more often then not. They also attract the attention of one of the Queen’s advisors, who sees how he might use her as a spy. Determined to do anything for her freedom, Mara accepts the job. But while traveling to the royal city, she falls in with the mysterious noble, Sheftu. Catching her sneaking, he gives her a choice: work for him or die. At first unconcerned with anything except advancing her position by playing both sides, Mara soon discovers two very different forces struggling of the control of Egypt, each determined to destroy the other. Any neither will hesitate to kill her if her duplicity is discovered.
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