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 and reunite the Kingdom's shared halves. yet Tanus should defy an analogous gods to realize the gift they've got forbidden him, an item extra prized than battle's glory: ownership of the girl Lostris, an extraordinary good looks with epidermis the colour of oiled ceder--destined for the adoration of a kingdom, and the affection of 1 amazing man.
International bestselling writer Wilbur Smith, writer of dozens of hugely acclaimed novels, attracts readers right into a outstanding, richly imagined saga. Exploding with all of the 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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The congregation used to be silent and rationale, leaning ahead eagerly in order to not omit a unmarried notice. ‘It is I, Horus the falcon-headed, that speaks,’ Tanus started, and so they inspired him. ‘It is verily the falcon-headed! pay attention him! ’ ‘Ha-Ka-Ptah! ’ Tanus used the archaic shape from which the current identify of Egypt was once derived. only a few discovered that the unique which means was once the temple of Ptah. ‘I communicate to you of this old land given to us 10000 years in view that, within the time while the entire gods have been younger. I communicate to you of the 2 kingdoms that during nature are one and indivisible. ’ Pharaoh nodded. This used to be the normal dogma, authorized via either temporal and spiritual authority that neither well-known the impostor within the reduce country, nor even said his lifestyles. ‘Oh, Kemit! ’ Tanus used one other historical identify for Egypt: the Black Land, after the color of the Nile dust introduced down by means of the yearly inundation. ‘I communicate to you of this land riven and divided, torn by way of civil warfare, bleeding and tired of treasure. ’ my very own surprise used to be reflected at the faces of all those that listened to him. Tanus had simply given voice to the unspeakable. i needed to hurry directly to the degree and clap my give up his mouth to avoid him from happening, yet i used to be transfixed. ‘Oh, Ta-Meri! ’ one other outdated identify: the liked Earth. Tanus had discovered good the heritage I had taught him. ‘I communicate to you of outdated and feeble generals, and admirals too vulnerable and indecisive to wrest again the stolen country from the usurper. I communicate to you of historic males of their dotage who waste your treasure and spill the blood of your most interesting younger males as if it have been the lees of sour wine. ’ within the moment row of the viewers I observed Nembet, the nice Lion of Egypt, flush with anger and scratch furiously with chagrin at his beard. the opposite aged army males round him frowned and moved restlessly on their benches, damn their swords of their scabbards as an indication in their disapproval. among all of them, merely my Lord Intef smiled as he watched Tanus break out from one capture merely to blunder into the subsequent. ‘Our Ta-Meri is beset by way of a number of enemies, and but the sons of the nobles like to bring to a halt their very own thumbs instead of to hold the sword to guard her. ’ As he stated this, Tanus appeared keenly at Menset and Sobek, Lostris’ older brothers, the place they sat beside their father within the moment row. The king’s decree exempted from army provider in simple terms people with such actual incapacity as to render them undeserving. The healthcare professional clergymen on the temple of Osiris had perfected the artwork of removal the pinnacle joint of the thumb with little soreness or risk of an infection, therefore rendering it most unlikely for that hand to wield a sword or pluck a bowstring. The younger greenbacks proudly flaunted their mutilations as they sat playing and carousing within the riverside taverns. They thought of the lacking digit a mark no longer of cowardice, yet of class and self sufficient spirit. ‘War is the sport performed by way of previous males with the lives of the young,’ I had heard Lostris’ brothers argue.