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 analogous gods to achieve the present they've got forbidden him, an item extra prized than battle's glory: ownership of the girl Lostris, a unprecedented good looks with dermis the colour of oiled ceder--destined for the adoration of a kingdom, and the affection of 1 outstanding man.

International bestselling writer Wilbur Smith, author of dozens of hugely acclaimed novels, attracts readers right into a excellent, 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 top of his powers.

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Bandits, possibly, or a raiding occasion from the reduce Kingdom,’ Tanus growled, or even i used to be alarmed via the stealthy behaviour of the armed males prior to us. They weren't utilizing the tow-path of the canal, yet creeping in the course of the open fields, spreading out to enclose Tanus’ encampment at the river-bank. ‘This approach! ’ With a soldier’s eye for flooring he picked out a shallow wadi that ran all the way down to sign up for the river, and he instructed me to it. We jumped down and ran doubled over until eventually we reached the fringe of the camp. Then Tanus sprang out of the wadi and roused the camp with a bellow. ‘Stand to fingers! On me, the Blues! shape on me! ’ It was once the rallying cry of the Blue Crocodile Guards, and it used to be taken up right away via the sergeants of every corporation. immediately the camp boiled to existence. the boys drowsing around the fires leaped to their ft and snatched up their stacked guns, whereas the officials’ tents burst open as if the boys inside had by no means slept yet have been ready, tensed and prepared for Tanus’ command. Sword in hand, they raced to their stations, and that i observed Kratas within the vanguard. i used to be surprised by means of the swiftness in their reaction, although I knew that those have been all battle-tested veterans. prior to i may draw a dozen excited breaths they'd shaped of their phalanxes, with overlapping shields and lengthy spears thrust outwards dealing with the darkness. The unusual band in the market within the evening should have been as startled as i used to be via this militant reveal, for even if i may nonetheless make out the obscure shapes of many males and the gleam in their guns within the gloom, the murderous cost we have been all awaiting from them by no means materialized. the moment that Tanus had his formations in line, he ordered the development. We had usually debated some great benefits of offensive motion over defence, and now the massed squadrons moved ahead, poised to damage right into a complete cost at Tanus’ command. It should have been a frightening spectacle to the boys available in the market within the darkness, for a voice hailed us with an fringe of panic in its tone. ‘We are Pharaoh’s males at the king’s company. carry your assault! ’ ‘Hold difficult, the Blues! ’ Tanus stopped the menacing increase, after which referred to as again, ‘Which pharaoh do you serve, the purple usurper or the genuine pharaoh? ’ ‘We serve the genuine king, the divine Mamose, ruler of the higher and the reduce Kingdoms. i'm the king’s messenger. ’ ‘Come ahead, king’s messenger, who creeps round within the evening like a thief. Come ahead and nation your online business! ’ Tanus invited him, yet below his breath he advised Kratas, ‘Be prepared for treachery. The odor of it really is thick within the air. Have the fires outfitted up. provide us gentle to determine. ’ Kratas gave the order and bundles of dry rushes have been flung directly to the watch-fires. The flames leaped up, and the darkness used to be thrown again. Into this ruddy glow the chief of the unusual band progressed and shouted, ‘My identify is Neter, better of 10000. i'm the commander of Pharaoh’s bodyguard. I undergo the hawk seal for the arrest and detention of Tanus, Lord Harrab. ’ ‘By Horus, he lies in his teeth,’ Kratas growled.

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