This is the final book in the Lord Meren –series set in the Ancient Egypt.
The Eyes and Ears of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun, Lord Meren, is more determined than ever to find the man who killed Queen Nefertiti. He has narrowed down his suspects to two men. Unfortunately, these men are so powerful that arresting them and questioning them might disturb the fragile peace that the young Pharaoh has managed to forge. So, Meren has to continue his investigations in secret.
One of his perhaps best leads in an old, addle-brained woman Satet. She was the sister of Neferitit’s cook. The cook and her husband have both died and Meren suspect that they have been murdered. Therefore, he took Satet into his own household both for her safety and so that he can better question her. She managed to remember the name of the leader of Nefertiti’s bodyguard and where the man currently lives. Unfortunately, shortly after telling that information Satet is also murdered.
With no other real leads, Meren plans to sail to Syene where the soldier lives. However, before he leaves, he meets an old friend: Anath. Anath is a rarity: a female spy. She grew in Akhenaten’s palace and the vizier Ay trained her to become a spy for the pharaoh. She has lived many years in Babylon undercover but has now been recalled. Meren and Anath reconnect quickly and Meren takes her with him to the voyage. She persuades him to stop in the old capital to see some letters that might provide a clue.
When Meren leaves, his son Kysen continues to pursue the case carefully. He meets with one of the suspects and invites him to dinner. Meanwhile Meren’s daughter Bener has also decided to help: she tries to befriend another suspect’s wife and ends up flirting with a suspect’s son. Kysen is not happy about that at all.
Slayer of Gods is more focused on intrigue than the previous books. It’s also a bit slower in pace than the previous books which is, of course, understandable since it’s tying up the threads from the previous books. There are also a few instances of the Pharaoh interfering in matters which feels a bit too much like deux ex machina.
Meren himself gets more and more irritable and short tempered which is, again, understandable when he’s trying to solve a murder that happened eleven years ago and he’s also trying to deal with powerful people without getting himself or his family killed.
Anath is an interesting new character and Bener continues to be as headstrong as before.
All in all, a good conclusion to the series.