Today I am happy to be part of the Wickedness blog tour. We have a fantastic guest post by Deborah White but first here is just a little description about the book.
Author: Deborah White
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Wickedness is a thrilling adventure that combines history, fantasy and romance, from an exciting new voice in teenage fiction. It will appeal to fans of Hush, Hush and Twilight as well as fans of historical authors like Sally Gardiner and Mary Hooper.
Two flame-haired girls, both fourteen and living in London, but four hundred years apart. A powerful and charismatic man, an Egyptian mummy and twenty spells written in hieroglyphics on parchment. An emerald casket, a gold ring and a ropewalker. All are united by blood and by a devastating prophecy.
And now I have the pleasure to have this wonderful guest post by the author of Wickedness, Deborah White
Why ancient Egypt inspired Wickedness
The plot for Wickedness grew out of the research I was doing into seventeenth century London. I had no idea when I started out that anything at all was known then about Ancient Egypt. I certainly hadn’t expected that there would be a brisk trade in Egyptian artifacts. That mummies would be ‘on show’ in London…and that they were also ground up and used as medicine was a fascinating revelation! The middle of the seventeenth century was a period when belief in magic was still part of many people’s everyday life. Even the foremost scientific thinkers of the day, such as Isaac Newton still believed in alchemy and astrology. So it probably should come as no surprise that ‘hieroglyphics’ were invested with magical significance. If only they could be ‘de-coded’, it was thought, then who knew what secrets of the Universe might not be revealed! (In real life we had to wait to ‘de-code’ hieroglyphs until 1799 and the discovery of the Rosetta Stone. In Wickedness, the Doctor, luckily, discovers it much earlier!) There was also a widespread belief in the existence of a document called the Hermetica…this also translating into the fabled Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus. (Greek god Hermes merged with Egyptian god Thoth) Fascinating stuff! - Deborah White, Author.
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