River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Novels of Ancient Egypt)

By Wilbur Smith

For Tanus, the fair-haired younger lion of a warrior, the gods have decreed that he'll lead Egypt's military in a daring try to reunite the Kingdom's shared halves. yet Tanus must defy an identical gods to realize the present they've got forbidden him, an item extra prized than battle's glory: ownership of the girl Lostris, a unprecedented attractiveness with epidermis the colour of oiled ceder--destined for the adoration of a country, and the affection of 1 remarkable man.

International bestselling writer Wilbur Smith, writer of dozens of hugely acclaimed novels, attracts readers right into a impressive, richly imagined saga. Exploding with the entire drama, secret and rage of an old and bygone time, River God is a masterpiece from a storyteller on the peak of his powers.

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I shall factor a royal edict pointing out your bad scribblings to be the legitimate model. ’ He introduced this loud sufficient for the entire court docket to listen to, or even my Lord Intef, who him heavily, beamed with excitement. As i used to be his slave, the consideration belonged to him greater than to me. despite the fact that, Pharaoh used to be now not entire with me but. ‘Tell me, Taita the slave, are you now not additionally a similar health professional who lately prescribed to me? ’ ‘Majesty, i'm that very same humble slave who has the remerity to instruction a bit medication. ’ ‘Then whilst shall your therapy take influence? ’ He dropped his voice in order that merely i may pay attention the query. ‘Majesty, the development will ensue 9 months once you have fulfilled all these stipulations that I indexed for you. ’ As we have been now in a surgeon-and-patient dating, I felt emboldened so as to add, ‘Have you the vitamin I set you? ’ ‘By Isis’ bountiful breasts! ’ he exclaimed with an unforeseen twinkle in his eye. ‘I am so filled with bull’s balls, it's a ask yourself that i don't bellow whilst a herd of cows passes the palace. ’ He used to be in such friendly temper that i attempted a bit shaggy dog story of my very own. ‘Has Pharaoh came across the heifer I prompt? ’ ‘Alas, medical professional, it's not so simple as it should look. The prettiest flora are soonest visited via the bee. you probably did stipulate that she has to be thoroughly untouched, did you no longer? ’ ‘Virgin and untouched, and inside of a season of her first crimson moon,’ I additional speedy, making it as tough as attainable to place my recipe to the try out. ‘Have you came upon person who meets that description, Majesty? ’ His expression replaced back, and he smiled thoughtfully. The smile appeared misplaced on these depression good points. ‘We shall see,’ he murmured. ‘We shall see. ’ And he became and fastened the boarding-ladder of the barge. As my Lord Intef drew point with me, he made a small gesture, ordering me to fall in in the back of him, and so I him up directly to the deck of the royal barge. The wind had dropped in the course of the evening and the darkish waters of the river appeared heavy and quiet as oil within the jar, disturbed merely through these streaks and whirlpools upon the outside the place the everlasting present ran deep and rapid. Even Numbet might be capable of make the crossing in those stipulations, even if Tanus’ squadron stood via in so much unflattering style, as though Tanus used to be getting ready to rescue him from mistakes once more. My Lord Intef drew me apart once we reached the deck. ‘You nonetheless have the ability to shock me occasionally, my outdated darling,’ he whispered, and squeezed my arm. ‘Just whilst i used to be heavily commencing to doubt your loyalty. ’ i used to be bowled over by way of this unexpected flush of goodwill, because the welts from Rasfer’s lash throughout my again nonetheless ached. notwithstanding, I bowed my head to safeguard my expression and waited for him to provide me path sooner than committing myself, which he did instantly. ‘I couldn't have written a extra acceptable declamation for Tanus to recite sooner than Pharaoh if I had attempted myself. the place that imbecile Rasfer failed so dismally, you retrieved the day for me on your ordinary variety.

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