River God

River God

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Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. A legend shattered by greed. Now the Valley of Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished crown. On the eve of the festival of Osiris, the loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather in Thebes to pay tribute to their leader. Exploding with all the passion and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece of historical writing.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1994.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312106126
Characteristics: 530 p. ; 24 cm.


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ChChlibgirl Feb 13, 2019

River God is evocative, action packed and full of larger than life characters. The narrator- technically a slave- is a flawed character, and though he comes across as incredibly vain he somehow manages to be immensely likeable and memorable. Wilbur Smith paints a vivid portrait of Ancient Egypt and the River Nile, you do feel as though you are really standing on its banks. The action comes thick and fast, making this a page-turner to the end.

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.

Aug 17, 2014

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

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.

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

Sep 25, 2010

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

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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