By Wilbur Smith
Game of Thrones meets historic Egypt during this awesome 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 glowing banks of the Nile, the bright Taita—slave and consultant to the Pharaoh—finds himself on the heart of a vortex of ardour, intrigue, and possibility. 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 an international the place the road among loyalty and betrayal shifts just like the wilderness 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 with regards 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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By means of the horned head of Hathor it has to be 100 instances wider than our Nile. i can't even see throughout to the opposite aspect. ” “That’s no river, Your Highness,” Zaras instructed her. “That is the ocean; the purple Sea. ” “It is enormous,” Tehuti enthused, and Zaras didn't be aware of her good sufficient to gain that she used to be placing on an act for his gain. “It has to be the largest sea within the complete international! ” “No, Your Royal Highness,” Zaras corrected her respectfully. “It’s the smallest of all of the seas. the center Sea is the most important, yet clever males have calculated that the good darkish Ocean on which this global floats is even better. ” Tehuti grew to become to him, starting her eyes large with admiration. “Captain Zaras, you recognize this sort of good deal; maybe nearly up to Lord Taita. you need to journey with me and my sister Bekatha for no less than a number of hours each day to teach us in those issues. ” Tehuti isn't simply became apart from her objective. bankruptcy 29 The crossing to Arabia used to be infinitely more challenging and significant than were our voyage to Tamiat the former yr. On that party we were a firm of below 2 hundred males, touring speedily and flippantly; and it had in simple terms been worthwhile for us to move the Gulf of Suez, that slim westerly finger of water that pokes up among Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula. it really is below fifty leagues large. Now we needed to maintain a lot additional south, to prevent in any respect expenses coming into the Sinai Peninsula the place the Hyksosian chariots that Gorrab could ship to intercept us should be lurking. We have been pressured to go the most physique of the crimson Sea at its widest aspect. This entailed a voyage of greater than 2 hundred leagues; transporting over 1000 males and animals in fifty open-decked dhows. the sort of small boats used to be in simple terms able to sporting ten of the camels at a time. each one of them must make a number of crossings. taking into consideration some of these elements I needed to let a minimum of complete months for us to convey our caravan throughout to Arabia. I saved the royal occasion encamped at the Egyptian shore whereas the most components have been being ferried over the slender sea. I knew from difficult adventure that it used to be no longer clever to enable the princesses grow tired, or let them have an excessive amount of spare time on their fingers. The royal enclosure used to be rigorously segregated from the remainder of the encampment. even though it used to be the scale of a small village, it passed even a wide urban within the sumptuousness of its appointments and the plethora of convenience and comfort which surrounded the population. each few days the princesses rode out with a searching get together which I led. both we pursued the fleet-footed wasteland gazelle that flitted as flippantly as moths around the salt apartments, or we climbed into the hills the place the curling-horned ibex haunted the crags and cliff faces. whilst this searching palled, the women flew their proficient falcons on the wild duck and ducks that swarmed alongside the beach. At different instances I prepared picnics at the offshore islands the place the women may well swim within the translucent waters, or spear the swordfish and substantial sea bass which swarmed at the underwater coral forests.