Voices in Crystal
"We are children made of stone
Tiny voices are as grains of sand
Come to us, Marai
Man of Ai
Man of the sand"
Book 1 begins the journey.
Going Forth by Day
Shu lifts me up,
the Souls of On set up a stairway for me in order to reach the Above
and Nut puts her hand on me
just as she did for Asar on the day when he died
...Pyramid Texts, inscribed on the walls pf King Unas tomb 5th dynasty c. 2345 BC
Book 2 Going Forth By Day is the story of Marai's companions, Ariennu, Deka and Naibe-Ellit. Through their involvement in the lives of the royalty of ancient Kemet, new Alliances form, loyalties shift, and the comfortable lives of some are shaken to the core.
Opener of the Sky
I had grown fierce and hard
Thrilled by death, torture, blood
the madness of it when I tasted its warm saltiness
A warrior god.
... from the poem Howl by Mary R. Woldering - as told by Raemkai 2012
While Opener Of The Sky, the third book in the Children of Stone series, is the story of Marai's magical search for his companions, it is also the story of Maatkare Raemkai, a sadistic, shape-changing warrior-prince whose twisted relationships once propelled him into power and then nearly destroyed him. Through sorcerous manipulation of the women Marai loves, he has planned his own revenge. The shepherd turned sojourner is just in the way. Will Marai be too late to save those he loves or will he have his victory?