Desert God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

By Wilbur Smith

Game of Thrones meets historical Egypt during this superb epic from one of many world’s biggest-selling authors—a novel that conjures the magic, secret, romance, and bloody intrigue of a desirable misplaced global . . .

On the sparkling banks of the Nile, the intense Taita—slave and consultant to the Pharaoh—finds himself on the middle of a vortex of ardour, intrigue, and chance. His quest to smash the Hyksos military and shape an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic trip up the Nile, via Arabia and the paranormal urban of Babylon, and around the open seas. With the way forward for Egypt itself on his shoulders, Taita enters a global the place the road among loyalty and betrayal shifts just like the wasteland sands, evil enemies watch for within the shadows, and dying lingers at the edges of darkness.

“A exciting story . . . as magical because it is enlightening—not near to historical past, yet in regards to the center of a heroic man.”—James Rollins, big apple instances bestselling writer of The Bone Labyrinth

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I knew that he could have males published on most sensible of the tower to observe for any vessel that attempted to slide previous with out paying its dues. As we sailed in the direction of the port a felucca flying one other black tax flag shoved off from the stone jetty of the port and set a path to intercept us in mid-river. I ordered Zaras to furl our personal sails and again oars to permit the felucca to return along. there have been a couple of seriously armed Hyksos grouped at the open deck of the felucca. Zaras leaned over the aspect of our send and began a shouted dialog with one among them, who instructed us that his identify was once Grall and that he was once the provincial tax administrator. i used to be tremendously relieved via the truth that this dialog was once in Hyksosian. If this creature Grall had addressed us in Minoan it is going to were tremendous awkward to attempt to provide an explanation for how no one on board a Minoan trireme spoke a notice of the language. In that quick i decided that on the first actual chance i'd start a examine of the topic. With my skill to grasp overseas languages i used to be convinced that inside a trifling few months i'd be capable of cross as a local of Crete. From the deck of the felucca Grall used to be hard within the identify of King Beon to be allowed to board our send. As I had coached him, Zaras didn't demur yet instantly ordered our workforce to reduce a rope ladder to let Grall to come back aboard. He was once a wiry little guy and he swarmed up the rope with the agility of an ape. “Are you the grasp of this send? ” he demanded of Zaras. “It is my accountability to examine your ship’s happen. ” “Certainly, sir,” Zaras agreed. “But first enable me invite you to my cabin to partake of a tumbler of our very good Minoan wine after which you shall have no matter what else you require. ” He took the little guy via the arm in a pleasant grip and ushered him down the companionway to the master’s cabin. Up till this time I had stored myself good within the heritage. Now I waited till I heard Zaras slam the door of the cabin underneath my toes. Then I them quietly less than deck. Zaras and that i had deliberate this assembly conscientiously, and that i had taken the precaution of drilling a peephole within the bulkhead in which i'll watch and listen to every little thing that came about in the cabin. Now I observed that Zaras had seated the customer dealing with my peephole. Grall bore greater than a passing resemblance to a toxic gigantic toad. He had a similar large mouth and beady eyes. additionally his face was once adorned with huge warts. whilst he swallowed a mouthful of the wine which Zaras had poured for him his complete throat reduced in size as if he have been gulping down a water rat, that's the favourite fare of the enormous toad. i discovered myself interested by this exhibition, which was once so real to nature. “Of path you're conscious that King Beon has accorded our delivery diplomatic exemption from taxation. ” Zaras was once talking respectfully and fairly. “It is for me to figure out even if you qualify for that exemption, Captain. ” Grall diminished his wine mug. “However, no matter if you do qualify i'll need to cost you for my expenditures.

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