More than anything, young Sentu wants to learn the new letters of Pharaoh Menes's court. No one of his lowly caste learns the language of hieroglyphics, and so his acceptance into the Egyptian priesthood must surely be a miracle.
He soon learns that not all is as holy as it appears in the privileged world of scribes and priests. Black magics and malice abound in the court of the first pharaoh of ancient Egypt, where Book of the Dead theology is twisted into an avenue for personal gain, and the High Priest offers ritual sacrifices that involve involve anyone who stands in his way to ultimate power.
When Sentu discovers a plot to unseat the Pharaoh that involves a beautiful Nubian sorceress, Sentu's own world crashes around him, and he has to discover whether justice is more important to him than forgiveness.
Formed of Clay is new adult historical fantasy mixed with a touch of metaphysical thriller that transports the reader into a dark exploration of a world before the pyramids in a time rich with Egyptian mythology, betrayal, and sacrifice where coming of age was more dangerous than we could imagine.
This story creates the background history for the novel Throwing Clay Shadows: historical fiction set in 1800s Scotland.