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 a similar gods to achieve the present they've got forbidden him, an item extra prized than battle's glory: ownership of the woman Lostris, a unprecedented attractiveness with pores and skin the colour of oiled ceder--destined for the adoration of a country, and the affection of 1 striking man.
International bestselling writer Wilbur Smith, author of 2 dozen hugely acclaimed novels, attracts readers right into a very good, richly imagined saga. Exploding with all of the drama, secret and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece from a storyteller on the peak of his powers.
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Tanus used to be that strange creature, a guy of motion who was once additionally a guy of phrases and ideas. i'm definite that he may were beneficiant adequate to confess that a lot of these principles have been planted in his brain through that lowly slave, Taita. despite the fact that, as soon as planted, they have been in fertile floor. whilst it got here to oratory, Tanus' exhortations to his squadrons at the eve of conflict have been recognized. after all, I had now not been current in any respect of those, yet they'd been relayed to me verbatim via Kratas, his devoted good friend and lieutenant. I had copied lots of those speeches down on a collection of papyrus scrolls, for they have been worthwhile of renovation. Tanus had the typical contact, and the facility to charm on to the normal guy. I usually inspiration that a lot of this unique energy of his sprang from his obvious honesty and his forthright demeanour. males depended on him and willingly at any place he led them, even unto dying itself. i used to be nonetheless overwrought via the clash we had all simply witnessed and the closeness of Tanus' get away from the catch that my Lord Intef had laid for him. however, i used to be desirous to take heed to the declamation that Tanus had ready with out my aid or recommendation. To be honest, i used to be nonetheless a bit green with envy that he had declined my tips, and greater than a bit worried as to what he may perhaps pop out with. Tact and subtlety have by no means been Tanus' so much outstanding virtues. Now Pharaoh made a gesture of invitation to him to talk, crossing and uncrossing the ceremonial criminal and flail, and inclining his head gracefully. The congregation used to be silent and rationale, leaning ahead eagerly in order to not pass over a unmarried notice. 'It is I, Horus the falcon-headed, that speaks,' Tanus begun, and so they inspired him. 'It is verily the falcon-headed! listen him! ' 'Ha-Ka-Ptahr Tanus used the archaic shape from which the current identify of Egypt was once derived. only a few learned that the unique which means was once the temple of Ptah. 'I communicate to you of this historical land given to us 10000 years on account that, within the time whilst the entire gods have been younger. I converse to you of the 2 kingdoms that during nature are one and indivisible. ' Pharaoh nodded. This was once the traditional dogma, licensed via either temporal and spiritual authority that neither famous the impostor within the decrease country, nor even said his lifestyles. 'Oh, Kemitr Tanus used one other old identify for Egypt: the Black Land, after the color of the Nile dust introduced down by way of the yearly inundation. 'I communicate to you of this land riven and divided, torn via civil conflict, 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 wished to hurry directly to the level and clap my give up his mouth to avoid him from occurring, yet i used to be transfixed. 'Oh, Ta-Merir one other outdated identify: the liked Earth. Tanus had discovered good the background I had taught him. 'I communicate to you of outdated and feeble generals, and admirals too vulnerable and indecisive to-wrest again the stolen nation from the usurper. I communicate to you of old males of their dotage who waste your treasure and spill the blood of your best younger males as if it have been the lees of sour wine.