Mara, Daughter of the NileBook - 1985
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The adventures of an ingenious Egyptian slave girl who undertakes a dangerous assignment as a spy in the royal palace of Thebes, in the days when Queen Hatshepsut ruled.
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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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