River God

River God

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Baker & Taylor
A recreation of the grandeur of ancient Egypt follows the fortunes of the clever and scheming eunuch Taita; the beautiful Lostris, a lord's daughter; and Tanus, an ambitious soldier

Blackwell North Amer
Two thousand years before Christ, the ancient heartland of the Nile Kings stands torn and bleeding from the constant passage of civil war. Drained of gold and of the blood of its young men, the legacy of eleven sovereign Pharaohs is thrown to the winds of the desert as weak men inherit the crown. On the eve of the Festival of Osiris, the loyal subjects of the Pharaoh of Upper Egypt gather in Thebes to pay homage to their leader. Among them is Taita - eunuch slave to the Lord Intef and a being blessed with extraordinary gifts.
While others salute the triumphal passage of the royal barge, Taita, clever and scheming, can see only the icon of a kingdom's fading glory. Beside him stand his proteges: Lostris, the Lord Intef's daughter, beautiful beyond her fourteen years; and Tanus, proud young army officer, who has vowed to avenge his father's death and seize Lostris as his prize.
From Thebes to the mountains of Abyssinia, from the legend of the Blue Sword to the epic battle against the mighty Hyksos army, comes the magnificent, richly detailed saga of their triumphs and their destinies. Exploding with all the passion and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece of historical writing, a compulsively readable story, and a certain international bestseller.

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& Taylor

A sprawling recreation of the grandeur of ancient Egypt follows the fortunes of the clever and scheming eunuch Taita; the beautiful Lostris, a lord's daughter; and Tanus, an ambitious soldier. 150,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1994, 1993
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312106126
0312106122
Characteristics: 530 p. ; 24 cm

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zipread
Apr 02, 2015

The River God --- by --- Wilbur Smith. First published in 1993, this is a spellbinding novel of epic proportions, takes you on a voyage of gargantuan proportions, escaping the invading Hyksos in their awe-inspiring chariots drawn by creatures never before seen in ancient Egypt. No army, not even that of the Pharaoh can stands in its way. And so our beloved, Taita, the gelded slave; Tanus, hero of the Egyptians; and the Lady Lostris, revered queen of her people escape as a nation carrying the body of the recently deceased Pharaoh.
I can see this novel now playing itself out on the Imax retina of my mind. Charlton Heston, he of Moses, leading his people onwards, south, to safety. Maybe O’Toole plays the slave.
Only over 650 pages short the tale has so much more to tell of itself than what is crafted between these covers. This story deserves to be read: you will be rewarded.

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Eosos
Aug 17, 2014

A tale of thwarted love with an evil villain and a know-it-all slave

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melvynl123
Dec 21, 2011

There is a modern day follow-up to this story which Smith wrote in 1995.
It is called "The Seventh Scroll"
I have read all of Smiths' books, but this book is, by far is my favourite. I have read it about 4 times now.

If you like Wilbur Smiths' work, then I must highly reccomend his larest book which came out this year, called
" Those In Peril' This is a great read.

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RichardPaul
Feb 10, 2011

River God ---- by Wilbur Smith c - 1995 (Egyptian Saga # 1)---- This is a excellent story, very captivating. The book shown here is not the printing I read. ---- This story comes from an ancient transcript: in that, Wilbur Smith has completed an excellent story. ---- I truly enjoy his works, and hope the Seattle public library will purchase more of them. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul

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greenacres
Sep 25, 2010

This is one of my favourite reads. Smith writes epic novels, richly detailed with unforgettable characters.

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kim1010
Feb 04, 2010

I loved this book. Very readable, believable and adventerous. Lots to love. It has piqued my interest in Africa and Egyption history, fasciniating stuff. I'm reading the sequel now - The Seventh Scroll.

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May 19, 2012

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 crown.

In the city of Thebes at 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 proteges, Lostris, daughter of Lord Intef, beautiful beyond her fourteen years; and Tanus, proud, young army officer, who has vowed to avenge the death - at Intef's hand - of his father, and seize Lostris as his prize. Together they share a dream - to restore the majesty of the Pharaoh of Pharaohs on the glittering banks of the Nile.

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