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 should defy an analogous gods to realize the present they've got forbidden him, an item extra prized than battle's glory: ownership of the girl Lostris, a unprecedented good looks with dermis the colour of oiled ceder--destined for the adoration of a country, and the affection of 1 amazing man.
International bestselling writer Wilbur Smith, writer of 2 dozen hugely acclaimed novels, attracts readers right into a awesome, 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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At the very least of the 3 may strike the objective, a copper disc the scale of a man's head organize at a distance of 50 paces from the place Tanus stood. Such used to be the strength of these arrows that they might fly cleanly in the course of the steel which was once the thickness of my little finger. Tanus named this amazing weapon Lanata which used to be, really coincidentally, the discarded baby-name of my mistress. Now he stood within the bows with the lady at his facet, and her namesake in his left hand. They made a marvellous couple, yet too evidently so for my peace of brain. I known as sharply, 'Mistress! get back right here instantly! it truly is damaging the place you're. ' She didn't even deign to look over her shoulder, yet made an indication at me at the back of her again. each one of the team of the galley observed it, and the boldest of them guffawed. a kind of little black vixens that have been her handmaidens should have taught Lostris that gesture, which used to be extra applicable to the women of the riverside taverns than to a high-born daughter of the home of Intef. I thought of remonstrating along with her, yet right away deserted such an imprudent direction, for my mistress is amenable to restraint in simple terms in convinced of her moods. as an alternative, I utilized myself to beating the bronze gong with enough power to conceal my chagrin. The shrill, reverberating tone carried around the glassy waters of the lagoon, and immediately the air used to be choked with the susurration of wings and a colour used to be forged over the solar as, from the papyrus beds and the hidden swimming pools and open water, an unlimited cloud of water-fowl rose into the sky. They have been of 100 kinds: black and white ibis with vulturine heads, sacred to the goddess of the river; flights of honking ducks in russet plumage, each one with a ruby droplet within the centre of its chest; herons of greenish-blue or middle of the night black, with money owed like swords and bulky wing-beats; and geese in such large quantity that their numbers challenged the attention and the credibility of the beholder. Wild-fowling is likely one of the such a lot ardent targets of the Egyptian the Aristocracy, yet that day we have been after diversified video game. At that second, I observed a ways forward a disturbance upon the glassy floor. It used to be weighty and large, and my spirits quailed, for I knew what poor beast had moved there. Tanus additionally had noticeable it, yet his response was once altogether various from mine. He gave tongue like a looking hound, and his males shouted with him and bent to their paddles. The Breath ofHorus shot ahead as if she have been one of many birds that darkened the sky above us, and my mistress shrieked with pleasure and beat with one small fist upon Tanus' muscled shoulder. The waters roiled once again and Tanus signalled to his steersman to stick to the stream, whereas I hammered upon the gong to strengthen and maintain my braveness. We reached the spot the place final we had noticeable stream, and the vessel glided to a standstill whereas each guy upon her decks gazed round eagerly. I on my own glanced without delay over the stem. The water underneath our hull used to be shallow and virtually as transparent because the air above us.
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