New York Times best-selling author Wilbur Smith - hailed by Stephen King as the "best historical novelist" and one of the world’s biggest-selling authors - returns to Ancient Egypt in this breathtaking epic that conjures the magic, mystery, romance, and bloody intrigue of a fascinating lost world.
Game of Thrones meets Ancient Egypt in this magnificent, action-packed epic. On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita - slave and advisor to the Pharaoh - finds himself at the center of a vortex of passion, intrigue, and danger. His quest to destroy the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic journey up the Nile, through Arabia and the magical city of Babylon, and across the open seas. With the future of Egypt itself on his shoulders, Taita enters a world where the line between loyalty and betrayal shifts like the desert sands, evil enemies await in the shadows, and death lingers on the edges of darkness.
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The wily Taita returns again
Up there toward the top. I love the whole Egyptian series by Wilbur Smith and this one was every bit as exciting and mystical as the others.
If I answered this question, I would give the story away. Don't wish to spoil it for others.
He was really excellent! He was right up there with Simon Vance who has read to of Wilbur Smith's books ("The Quest" and "Assegai"). Their voices are very similar, with the lovely flowing British accents. Mike Grady does all the ethnic accents, age groups, and sexes seamlessly and it feels as if you are really listening to many different people speaking. I am so glad that the publisher has changed to Mike Grady. He is so much better than Dick Hill.
At the beginning of the book I was a bit bored, but it picked up rapidly and flowed every bit as remarkably as the other books in the Egyptian series. It is amazing that the character of Taita is able to carry so many different stories in an ongoing fashion and still be someone who I long to hear more stories about. Some folks may not like some of the graphic battles or some of the sexual references, but they are so much an integral part of the story , that they don't bother me. In fact, as I was listening, I realized that one of the reasons I like this series so much is because it takes place in a history long before biblical influences. That is refreshing, especially when you realize that many thousands of years of civilization, religions and cultures were present before the biblical era. One would almost think that Wilbur Smith was writing from some past memories. Now, I just hope that "The Seventh Scroll" would be reissued in unabridged audio format, and that Taita will return in another epic story.Thank You, Mr. Smith, for another wonderful story and many hours of great entertainment!
- Blue Dragonfly
Good sequel to River God.