River God (A Novel of Ancient Egypt)

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 must defy an identical gods to achieve the gift they've got forbidden him, an item extra prized than battle's glory: ownership of the woman Lostris, a unprecedented good looks with pores and skin the colour of oiled ceder--destined for the adoration of a country, and the affection of 1 outstanding man.

International bestselling writer Wilbur Smith, author of 2 dozen hugely acclaimed novels, attracts readers right into a incredible, 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 top of his powers.

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Even in that enormous corridor the warmth of the furnace flames was once so sulphurous as nearly to forestall the breath, and we have been quickly bathed in our personal sweat. even if, the king used to be so fascinated about the treasure displayed for him that he appeared to not detect the oppressive surroundings. He went on to the raised dais within the centre of the corridor the place the main skilled and skilful smiths have been at paintings upon the golden internal coffin. that they had completely captured Pharaoh's residing face within the shimmering steel. The masks could healthy precisely over his bandaged head. It used to be a divine picture with eyes of obsidian and rock-crystal, and with the cobra-headed uraeus encircling the forehead. i really think that no finer masterpiece of the goldsmith's paintings has ever been formed in the entire thousand years of our civilization. This used to be the height and the zenith. all of the unborn a while may perhaps someday surprise at its splendour. Even after Pharaoh had well-liked the golden masks from each attitude, he appeared not able to rip himself too faraway from it. He spent the rest of the day at the dais beside it, seated on a low stool whereas field after cedar-wood field of beautiful jewels have been laid at his toes and the contents catalogued for him. i can't think that this kind of treasure was once ever earlier than accrued in a single position at one time. To make a bald checklist of the goods doesn't in the slightest degree method recommend the richness and the variety of all of it. None the fewer, permit me inform you on the outset that, there have been six thousand 400 and fifty-five items already within the cedar-wood packing containers, and that every day extra have been extra to the gathering because the jewellers labored on tirelessly. there have been jewelry for Pharaoh's feet in addition to his hands; there have been amulets and charms, and gold collectible figurines of the gods and goddesses; there have been necklaces and bracelets and pectoral medallions and belts on which have been inlaid falcons and vultures and all of the different creatures of the earth and the sky and the river; there have been crowns and diadems studded with lapis lazuli and garnets and agate and carnelians and jasper and each gemstone that civilized guy holds expensive. The artistry with which all this have been designed and synthetic eclipsed all that have been created over the previous 1000 years. it is usually in decline state creates its most lovely artistic endeavors. within the adolescence of empire the obsession is with conquest and the building-up of wealth. it is just as soon as this has been accomplished that there's rest and a wish to boost the humanities, and? extra importantly? wealthy and strong males to sponsor them. the load of gold and silver already utilized in the manufacture of the hearse and the funeral masks and the entire remainder of this breathtaking selection of treasure used to be in far more than takhs; therefore it should have taken powerful males to boost all of it. I had calculated that this used to be virtually one-tenth of the entire weight of those helpful metals that were mined within the whole 1000 years of our recorded background. All of this the king meant taking with him to the tomb.

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