By Wilbur A. 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 and reunite the Kingdom's shared halves. yet Tanus should defy an analogous gods to achieve the gift they've got forbidden him, an item extra prized than battle's glory: ownership of the woman Lostris, an extraordinary attractiveness with epidermis the colour of oiled ceder--destined for the adoration of a state, and the affection of 1 notable man.
International bestselling writer Wilbur Smith, author of 2 dozen hugely acclaimed novels, attracts readers right into a amazing, richly imagined saga. Exploding with the entire drama, secret and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece from a storyteller on the top of his powers.
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It used to be time someone stood up and stated what had to be acknowledged, do not you settle, previous good friend? ' His voice rang transparent and loud down the darkened alley, as if he have been made up our minds to summon any expecting murderer to us. I saved my contract muted. 'You didn't count on it of me, did you presently? Be sincere with me, Taita. It took you really all at once, did it now not? ' 'It stunned us all. ' This time i'll believe a bit extra enthusiasm. 'Even Pharaoh used to be stunned, in addition he should be. ' 'He listened, Taita. He took all of it in, i'll inform. I did strong paintings this night, do not you're thinking that so? ' whilst i tried to elevate the topic of Rasfer's treacherous assault upon him and broach the prospect that it could were encouraged by way of my Lord Intef, Tanus could have none of it. 'That is very unlikely, Taita. You dreamed it. Lord Intef was once my father's dearest buddy. How might he want me ailing? along with, i'm to be his son-in-law, am I now not? ' And regardless of his accidents he let loose this sort of satisfied shout of laughter that it roused the sleepers within the darkened huts that we have been passing they usually shouted grumpily again at us to be quiet. Tanus overlooked their protests. 'No, no, i'm convinced that you're wrong,' he cried. 'It was once easily Raster figuring out his spite in his personal captivating means. good, he will recognize higher subsequent time. ' He threw his arm round my shoulders and hugged me so difficult that it harm. 'You kept me two times this night. with out your warnings Rasfer could have had me either instances. How do you do this stuff, Taita? I swear you're a mystery warlock, and feature the present of the internal eye. ' He laughed back. How may well I stifle his pleasure? He used to be like a boy, an important rumbustious boy. i couldn't support yet love him the entire extra. This was once no longer the time to indicate the chance during which he had put himself and we all who have been his buddies. permit him have his hour, and the next day i'd sound the voice of cause and of warning. So I took him domestic and stitched the gash in his brow, and washed his different wounds and anointed them with my specific mix of honey and herbs to avoid mortification. Then I gave him a stiff draught of the pink Shepenn and left the great Kratas to protect his slumbers. while I reached my very own quarters good after hour of darkness, there have been summonses waiting for me: one from my girl Lostris and the opposite from the vanquished Rasfer. there has been without doubt as to which ones i'd have spoke back to if I were given the alternative, yet i used to be now not. Rasfer's thugs nearly dragged me away to the place he lay on a sweat-soaked bed, cursing and moaning via turns, and calling on Seth and all die gods to witness his ache and his fortitude. 'Good Taita! ' he greeted me, elevating himself painfully on one elbow, 'you won't think the discomfort. My chest is afire. I swear each bone in it's beaten, and my head aches as if it really is sure by means of thongs of rawhide. ' With little or no attempt i used to be in a position to strength again my tears of pity, however it is a wierd factor approximately these folks who're medical professionals and healers that we won't locate it in our hearts to disclaim our abilities to even the main abominable creatures that require them.