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 an identical gods to realize the gift they've got forbidden him, an item extra prized than battle's glory: ownership of the girl Lostris, a unprecedented attractiveness with dermis the colour of oiled ceder--destined for the adoration of a country, and the affection of 1 remarkable man.
International bestselling writer Wilbur Smith, writer of 2 dozen hugely acclaimed novels, attracts readers right into a outstanding, 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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