Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. A
legend shattered by greed... Now the Valley of the Kings lies ravaged
by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished
City of Thebes. The Festival of Osiris. Loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather to pay homage to their leader, but Taita – a wise and formidably gifted eunuch slave – sees him only as a symbol of a kingdom's fading glory. Beside Taita stand his protégés: Lostris, daughter of Lord Intef, beautiful beyond her fourteen years; and Tanus, proud young army officer, whose father was betrayed by Lord Intef, Chief Vizier of Egypt whose power is second in wealth only to the Pharaoh.
Tanus and Lostris are deeply in love, but unbeknown to them, their union is an impossibility. Taita is the slave of Lord Intef. It was Intef who had Taita gelded as a young boy after he found that he had slept with a young slave girl. Together Taita, Lostris and Tanus share a dream – to restore the majesty of the Pharaoh of Pharaohs on the glittering banks of the Nile.
Through the voice of the incomparable Taita, Wilbur Smith draws the reader irresistibly into the daily lives of his characters: their hopes, their fears, their passions.
A glorious civilisation. An epic journey. A heroic battle. An enduring love. Here is a magnificent, richly imagined saga that explodes with all the drama, mystery and rage of a bygone time.
Praise for "River God"
"The brutality of life in ancient times is everywhere evident in Taita's tale, which involves fatal intrigue at every turn. It's clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and, in Taita's case, honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period."- "Booklist"
"Gallops swiftly through the action and flying blood his fans have come to relish. Brightly colored, sweeping escapism."-- "Kirkus"
"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"
'Superlatively evocative....Smiths 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 this majestic novel, one filled to overflowing with passion, rage, treachery, barbarism, prolonged excitement and endless passages of sheer, exquisite color."--"Washington"" Post"
"An epic... Smith joins the ranks of one of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels."--"Tulsa"" World"
"Vivid and fascinating ... packed with passion, war, intrigue and revenge...The details are intimate, inspiring ... The author makes you see it, hear it--even smell it. --"The Orlando Sentinel "
"Vivid detail... Sumptuous storytelling... A feast!"--"Detroit"" Free Press"
"Involves fatal intrigue at every turn. It's clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and, in Taita's case, honor is firmly grounded in rich detail
Number Of Pages: 818
Published: February 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 10.7 x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.41