By Wilbur Smith
Game of Thrones meets old Egypt during this great 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 international . . .
On the sparkling banks of the Nile, the intense Taita—slave and consultant to the Pharaoh—finds himself on the heart of a vortex of ardour, intrigue, and threat. His quest to break the Hyksos military and shape an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic trip up the Nile, via Arabia and the mystical urban of Babylon, and around the open seas. With the way forward for Egypt itself on his shoulders, Taita enters an international the place the road among loyalty and betrayal shifts just like the barren region sands, evil enemies look ahead to within the shadows, and loss of life lingers at the edges of darkness.
“A exciting story . . . as magical because it is enlightening—not almost about heritage, yet in regards to the middle of a heroic man.”—James Rollins, ny occasions bestselling writer of The Bone Labyrinth
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Among us the skin of the river used to be lined with bobbing human heads, splashing and suffering our bodies and shattered wreckage. The cries of drowning women and men have been as piteous because the bleating of sheep being pushed during the gates of the abattoir after they odor the blood. For an extended minute I watched the carnage in horror. i used to be virtually crushed via guilt and regret. i'll not strength myself to appear upon those doomed creatures as only Hyksos animals. They have been people suffering for all times itself. My center went out to them. Then I observed King Beon back and my emotions replaced directly. My wayward center back to me as quickly and unerringly as a pigeon to its loft. I remembered what Beon had performed to 2 hundred of our best and bravest archers while his Hyksos brutes had captured them through the conflict of Naquada. He had barricaded them within the Temple of Seth at the hill above the battlefield and burned them alive as a sacrifice to his huge god. Now Beon was once clinging to a shattered plank from his royal barge with one hand; whereas in his different hand he was once wielding his bejeweled sword, utilizing it to cut on the heads of the ladies of his harem who have been attempting to take safe haven on his plank with him. He drove them away ruthlessly, unwilling to proportion his perch with a unmarried one in every of them. I watched him strike at a lady baby who was once no older than my darling little Bekatha. His blade break up her cranium right down to her chin as if it have been a ripe pomegranate. whereas her vibrant blood spurted out to incarnadine the water round her, Beon referred to as her a dirty identify, and struck her back. I stooped fast and collected the recurved battle bow from less than the rowing bench in entrance of me. The arrows had spilled from the quiver round my ft. I nocked one in every of them as I straightened up and drew to complete stretch. like all professional archer I continuously free because the bowstring touches my lips. notwithstanding, this time my palms have been shaking with fury and the arrow flew vast. rather than taking Beon within the throat the place I had aimed, my arrow pinned his forearm to the plank on which he lay; the plank for which he had killed his personal baby bride. Zaras and the others who have been gazing me howled with glee. They understand how good i will be able to shoot they usually idea I had intentionally winged Beon. I nocked one other arrow, and this time I admit that i used to be taking part in to my viewers. I intentionally nailed Beon’s sword-arm to the plank, so he used to be stretched out at the trees cringe within the perspective of crucifixion. He howled just like the cringing jackal he used to be. i'm through nature a compassionate guy, so i didn't enable him to endure for much longer than he well-deserved. My 3rd arrow went into the appropriate heart of his throat. The crews of all 3 of my triremes my instance. They seized their bows and crowded to the perimeters of our vessels to bathe arrows at the floundering wretches within the water less than them. i used to be powerless to avoid it occurring, or even I lacked the incentive and inclination to take action. lots of my males had misplaced their fathers and brothers to those unwholesome wretches.