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Gift of the Sphinx

KHNM Series Book 2

by Sandy Esene

Alex Philothea, the newly appointed director of the Keepers of the Holy and Noble Maat, is fighting to save the agency her ancestors have led for over two millennia. Operating in deep cover, KHNM shields the mortal realm against the lethal chaos of the Immortals. As Alex battles the Gods over the agency’s existence, she is in a race against time to contain dangerous magical artifacts. If the Gods succeed in shuttering the agency and these ancient objects fall into unworthy hands, humanity will pay a deadly price.

Deep in the Netherworld, adventurer Jorge Trinculo unearths a primordial book of magic. It exposes one of KHNM’s darkest secrets. For years, the agency has been erasing the memories of his encounters with the Immortals. As his old life floods back, he realizes all that he has lost. In Jorge’s pursuit of revenge, his future becomes entwined with that of a power-hungry magician. A magician who has waited patiently, for centuries, to possess the forbidden book and wield its lethal magic against the mortal realm.

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Tropes: Portals, Powerful Artifact, Prophesy, Quest, Redemption Arc, Secret Society, Villain to Hero

Setting: New York City, Egypt, Egyptian Netherworld

Languages Available: English

Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters


About the Author

Bio: Sandy Esene is a self-professed ancient cultures geek. Traveling to ancient ruin sites around the world is one of her great passions. Over the years, she has traveled to over twenty countries including Greece, Malta, Jordan, Turkey, Belize, Peru, Thailand, Japan, and of course Egypt. When not traveling or writing, Sandy enjoys making jewelry, going to museums, and taking long walks in Seattle parks with her husband and their two miniature schnauzers Ozy and Mandias.

Author Statement: I love the feeling when I am writing, and I get lost in the imagined places that I am creating.  I have always been an avid reader, but those moments when I connect deeply with my story just take my breath away.

I am fascinated with the ancient world. This interest has deeply influenced my life. I have spent most of my adult life reading, taking classes, attending lectures, and traveling to distant ruin sites of the ancient world.

My fantasy/adventure novels from the KHNM series are Indiana Jones style adventures with ancient Egyptian myth and magic woven throughout.  I endeavor to represent the ancient Egyptian history, pantheon of gods and their myths as accurately as I can. I get quite a charge when I am able to find interesting intersections with the fiction I am writing and ancient history.