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    Review of THE SLAYERS OF SETH by P. C. Doherty

    St. Martin's Minotaur, 2001/2002

    The Slayers of Seth are a powerful group of soldiers, favored by the Pharaoh, and swaggering through Egypt as a result of their victories over the Hyksos. Now, however, they are in crisis. One of them has been killed in an apparent ritual murder while another's daughter has been accused of poisoning her lover. Lord Amerotke, chief judge for Pharaoh, must somehow get to the bottom of this threat to the military--and possibly the Pharaoh herself. Seth is the Egyptian god of death and destruction and is an apt symbol for this brutal cult of warriors who gloried on blood, yet who form one of the great pillars of Pharaoh's power.

    Author P. C. Doherty (see more reviews of novels by this author) makes ancient Egypt come to life. The political intrigue of the court and conflicting power bases as well as the technologies of poison and magic all are vividly depicted in this fine mystery. Amerotke is an engaging hero with his dogged search for the truth and willingness to confront the power of the entrenched military. Doherty's writing is highly approachable, making history come to life with the ageless emotions of revenge, love, and hatred.

    Doherty doesn't spend much time delving into the characters themselves--something that I found missing. Still, the story and the history move the story along and engage the reader.

    Three Stars

    Reviewed 10/29/02

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