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How Seosiris Lost the Favor of the King: 01/14/12
"How Seosiris Lost the Favor of the King" by James L. Cambias is set in ancient Egypt. It's told as a piece of gossip as a man once in the favor of the pharaoh packs up his belongings.
The story he tells is one of a foreign magician arriving and threatening to topple the pharaoh. The pharaoh's magician is given specific orders to thwart the magician but the battle ultimately comes down to the Book of Thoth, an item that can't be handled by just anyone.
I'm a fan of fantasy set in ancient Egypt so it was a nice surprise tucked away in the September / October issue. I think it might be a bit more ponderous of a read for folks who aren't into Egyptian historical fantasy.