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 to reunite the Kingdom's shared halves. yet Tanus should defy a similar gods to achieve the gift they've got forbidden him, an item extra prized than battle's glory: ownership of the woman Lostris, an extraordinary good looks with pores and skin the colour of oiled ceder--destined for the adoration of a state, and the affection of 1 striking man.
International bestselling writer Wilbur Smith, writer of 2 dozen hugely acclaimed novels, attracts readers right into a terrific, 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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The gilded steel horn protruded from her bows, simply above the water-line. From its battered situation I surmised that it fiad performed fierce execution among the fleets of the pink pretender. notwithstanding, i'll see that neither Tanus nor Kratas used to be on deck. A junior officer whom I famous had the watch, yet I discarded the belief of hailing him, and in its place got down to journey the sailors' haunts round the quarter of the docks. It says greatly for the morals and the sanctity of the monks of Osiris that i used to be welcomed within the dives and whorehouses like an habitue. in a single of the extra first rate taverns I famous the amazing determine of Kratas. He was once ingesting and enjoying at cube with a bunch of his brother officials. I made no stream to technique him, yet I watched him around the crowded room. in the meantime I fended off the advances of a succession of pleasure-birds of either sexes who have been steadily decreasing their price lists of their efforts to tempt me out into the darkish alleyway to pattern their well-displayed charms. None of them have been the least bit deterred by way of my priestly collar of blue glass beads. while "Kratas eventually gave his partners a hearty goodnight and made his manner out into the alley, I his tall determine with aid. 'What is it you will want from me now, loved of the gods? ' he growled at me with scorn while I moved quickly up beside 'him. 'Is it my gold or my bum-splitter you crave? ' a number of the monks had taken enthusiastically to this contemporary style for pederasty. Til take the gold,' I informed him. 'You have extra of that than the opposite, Kratas. ' He stopped lifeless in his tracks and stared at me suspiciously. His bluff and good-looking good points have been just a little flushed and befuddled by way of liquor. 'How have you learnt my identify? ' He seized me by way of the shoulder and dragged me right into a lighted doorway, and studied my face. finally he snatched the wig from off my head. 'By the piles among Seth's buttocks, it is you, Taita! ' he roared. 'I'd be obliged should you might chorus from shouting out my identify to all of the world,' I instructed him, and he grew to become critical immediately. 'Come! we are going to visit my rooms. ' when we have been by myself, he poured mugs of beer. 'Haven't you had adequate of that? ' I requested, and he grinned at me. 'We'll basically understand the reply to that during the morning. How now, Taita! do not be too strict with me. we've been down-river raiding the crimson usurper's fleet for the prior 3 weeks. candy Hapi, yet that bow-horn of yours works wonders. We chop up approximately twenty of his galleys and we chopped the heads off a number of hundred of his rascals. even though it was once thirsty paintings, now not a drop of something enhanced than water has handed my lips in all that point. do not begrudge me a mouthful of beer now. Drink with me! ' He raised his mug, and that i was once additionally thirsty. I saluted him in go back, yet as I positioned the mug down back, I requested, 'Where is Tanus? ' He sobered immediately v 'Tanus has disappeared,' he acknowledged, and that i stared at him. 'Disappeared? What do you suggest, disappeared? Did he no longer lead the raid down-river? ' Kratas shook his head. 'No.