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WHAT’S THE STORY? Motivations of Anubis (according to Ilona Andrews)

Anubis is now known as Anapa. One day Ra (Hawk god of the sun), Anapa (jackal god Anubis), Set (Egyptian god that looks like an aardvark), and Bast (Cat goddess) came to the river Nile, where the crocodile river god, Apep, was attacking newcomers to the Nile region. (Apep is also known as the god of “darkness, chaos, and evil”.) On the banks of the Nile is where Ra, Anapa, Set, and Bast attacked Apep. Apep used his serpent form to knock the gods back as they tried to stab him and cut him to pieces. Anubis transformed himself into a large jackal and pinned Apep down by his throat. Bast climbs onto the thrashing serpent and stabbed it through the heart. When the god was destroyed, a powerful wave of magic burst out of him, knocking everyone down; in the process, one of Anubis’ fangs broke off.

In the immediate aftermath of the battle, Apep’s priests came out; some of them eat his flesh, others steal Anubis’ fang and taking pieces of Apep, so that he could be resurrected. Among the pieces of Apep that were taken were a rib, a vertebrae, and some blood that was in/on Anubis’ fang. Now, in this new world of magic, the pieces have been brought back together along with some of the descendants that ate part of the god, to bring him back to life.

In the past, Apep was kind of controlled. Even though he had worshippers, once a year these worshippers would desecrate god in order to keep some type of control. The new worshippers don’t realize that by only worshipping Apep, they have no control. The problem is that since Apep is chaos no other god can exist in his presence. This is a serious problem for Anubis and is how he gets Andrea and the shape-shifters to work with him.

Of course he isn’t being completely honest. He wants save the world. Why? Not because he is altruistic. No, so people will worship him again, thereby making him more powerful. He is alive now, and has some power, but apparently he wants more.  To find out if he succeeds, you’ll have to read Gunmetal Magic.

By: Katelyn Scott and Adele Robinson

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I am a 43 year old mother of 7 and grandmother of 3. I love art, reading, and kids. I enrolled in college at age 42 and decided to take 2 majors (English and Graphic Design). My kids range in age from 26 - 6 so they keep me very active (and hopefully modernish).

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