‘A book of fine idealism, deep compassion and a spiritual quality pure and bright as a flame’
– New York Times
In ancient Egypt a ruler who attained the priesthood was called a ‘Winged Pharaoh’. Sekeeta, princess and daughter of enlightened parents, is sent to the temple to be trained as a ‘looker of Maat’, able to dream travel out of her body to help those in trouble, and to fight evil. Her teacher, Ney-sey-ra, teaches her that:
‘…the lotus has always been the symbol of a true priest. Though its roots grow in the mud beneath the water, it opens in the sunlight… only those who have a channel of memory, which is the stalk of the lotus, can bring back to Earth what they have seen in the Light.’
Sekeeta proves herself an able candidate, but has she the courage and skill to survive the death-defying rites of initiation to the priesthood? And is she capable of the self-denial it would take to dedicate her life to ruling her people: in other words, can she become a Winged Pharaoh worthy of the title?