“SOMETHING HAD LIGHTLY, but ﬁrmly, brushed across my face and I awoke with a start, my cheeks still tingling and a faint ﬂuttering in my ears.
I lay still and rigid, frightened to move or breathe until the beating in my temples threatened to explode my head, and I was forced to take a gulp of the warm night air.
Every sense in my body was on full alert as I nervously reached out to the small bedside lamp and fumbled for the switch. Flipping it on, my room was ﬂooded with a blaze of dazzling light. Clutching the cotton night sheet protectively below my chin, I sat up and listened again.
Neffi Jones is fascinated by the mysteries of ancient Egypt and while on her first work placement, excavating a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, she is drawn in to a world of crime and corruption that threatens not only her life, but of those closest to her. At the same time there is a growing awareness that she has psychic skills that go beyond the natural world, linking her inexplicably to the tomb and its hidden treasures.
Sagira, handmaiden to Queen Nefertiti, and guardian of the Blue Crown, is learning to harness powers that can make the difference between life and death, while at the same time becoming instrumental in overcoming a threat that could change the course of Egyptian history.
As the twin chains of events grow closer to their inevitable conclusions, there is a realisation that, perhaps, their lives are not too dissimilar and that the two girls have a common secret, bound together by The Blue Crown.
Certainly, their lives will never be the same again.
Ancient Egypt has always been a favourite period of history for many children and adults alike, including my own granddaughters.
After learning that it was also part of their school curriculum it prompted a visit to the Egyptian room at the British Museum where the displays of imposing stone statues, gold encrusted sarcophagi and gruesome mummified remains produced varying degrees of awe and amazement, plus the question – are they real?
Returning from the museum there was the usual demand that night for a bed time story from ‘Dampa’ and, quite naturally, it was centred on ancient Egypt, and the story of ‘The Blue Crown’ was born.