A novel of Ancient Egypt from the best-selling author of River God. Wilbur Smith is a master at the helm of one of the greatest stories of all time.
On the banks of the Nile, a hero will rise.
Across the lush plains of Egypt, Taita, a freed eunuch slave, wears his authority lightly. Not only is he the close advisor to the Pharaoh, but he is guardian to Pharaoh Tamose's two teenage sisters, the young beauties Tehuti and Bekatha.
But the kingdom is not at peace. They have been fighting Southern Egypt's constant and historic enemy, the Hyksos people in the north, since time began. To finally crush them, Pharaoh must turn to his most trusted friend. Taita, philosopher, poet and expert strategist, has a plan that will see Egypt destroy the Hyksos army and form a coveted alliance with Crete in one move. This plan will take him, his expedition commander Zaras, and their mighty warriors on a perilous journey up the Nile, through Arabia to the magical city of Babylon, then across the open seas to Crete.The many dangers will cost lives and time, and they will meet battle and betrayal head on. But Taita must not forget his two charges, the spirited young princesses, whose attraction to the very warriors who lead the fight threatens Taita's meticulous plan and the future of Egypt itself.
Praise for River God:
"Superlatively evocative…Smith's descriptions hardly falter over 500 pages and River God has relentless momentum" (Observer)
"Big, brave and blockbusting … brilliantly detailed descriptions of life on the Nile" (Mail On Sunday)
"Grand mythical material…. the set pieces are fabulous" (Times Literary Supplement)
"High adventure … there is never a lull in his majestic novel overflowing with passion, rage, treachery, barbarism, prolonged excitement and endless passages of sheer, exquisite colour" (The Washington Post)
"A rich, compelling look back in time to when history and myth intermingled" (San Francisco Chronicle)
"A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile" (Denver Post)
"An epic of sex, death and intrigue in the Valley of the Kings … richly written … packs in the action … excellent" (Weekend Telegraph)
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