“THERE WAS A LOUD NOISE and something lightly brushed across Nefﬁ’s face.
She woke with a start, her cheeks tingling, and her ears focusing hard on a fading echo of sound. Frightened to move, she concentrated hard, holding her breath until the beating in her temples grew so strong, that she was forced to take a gulp of the night air.
It was warm and tasted of Egypt.
Her restless sleep left her tangled in the light cotton sheet that covered the thin mattress on her metal-framed bed. Trying to remember her dreams, Nefﬁ could only recall the image of a beautiful Egyptian Goddess, that turned into a venomous green snake.”
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.