River God

River God[Reading] ➼ River God Author Wilbur Smith – Heartforum.co.uk For Tanus the fair haired young lion of a warrior the gods have decreed that he will lead Egypt's army in a bold attempt to reunite the Kingdom's shared halves But Tanus will have to defy the same god For Tanus the fair haired young lion of a warrior the gods have decreed that he will lead Egypt's army in a bold attempt to reunite the Kingdom's shared halves But Tanus will have to defy the same gods to attain the reward they have forbidden him an object prized than battle's glory possession of the Lady Lostris a rare beauty with skin the color of oiled ceder destined for the adoration of a nation and the love of one extraordinary man.

Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai The Sound of Thunder Birds of Prey Monsoon and Blue Horizon His other books include Those in Peril River God Warlock The Seventh Scroll and The Sunbird His books are now translated into twenty six languages and have so.

River God ePUB Ä Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 664 pages
  • River God
  • Wilbur Smith
  • English
  • 03 February 2016
  • 9780312954468

10 thoughts on “River God

  1. Henry Avila says:

    The mist clears the clouds roll out and the fog lifts looking down the Nile appears Its blue waters dominate the desert land like a Lion over a savanna And the hot sun is always shining bringing excruciating heat which not even the Egyptians can tolerate too long The scene ancient Egypt the life giving river flows leisurely by going north But no human knows where it begins in the south if it does have an end there The eunuch slave Taita loves Lostris daughter of the evil Grand Vizier Intef of the kingdom of Upper Egypt and owner of gentle Taita Lord Intef has his chief guard Rasfer beat his slave brutally for minor infractions and Rasfer loves his workThe weak tired Pharaoh has let Lower Egypt the delta kingdom slip away and now there are two Egyptian nations in the 18th century BC But Taita has a viable rival the imposing warrior Tanus rising star of the army and he has noble blood in his veins The handsome eunuch is a genius seemingly able to invent anything he sets his mind to except one The uite intelligent man has such an overpowering love for the lovely Lostris she adores him too Hapi the River God is her patron He is happy being a lowly slave as long as he sees her every day Naturally Lostris loves Tanus and he reciprocates The slave's best friend is yes that same man this strange triangle will last all their lifetimes However during the feast of the great God Osiris in the exotic city of Thebes with 250000 souls the largest on the face of the Earth The king sees the daughter of the Vizier in a play written by Taita inside the sacred temple The teenage beauty enchants him the old Pharaoh Mamose the VIII marries her She the heartbroken girl becomes one of his 200 wives he has no sons but many daughters the dynasty must continue Tanus is devastate along with her comes Taita and becomes very useful to the Pharaoh in his Nile River palace on an island many miles from the capital Thebes The talented slave even begins to like the pleasant monarch physician to the mighty king architect to the building of his tomb Which almost bankrupts the wealthy desert kingdom scribe inventor and fortune teller he can do anything he wished it was true Ruthless invaders from the east the Hyksos barbarians invincible with never seen animals horses pulling countless strange vehicles chariots Having destroyed the red kingdom of the north sacking its capital Memphis killing the usurper king and now are coming up stream in war galleys With thousands of troops by land too the white kingdom of the south is doomed After a bloody battle defeat the southerners must flee up the river In their own boats the fleet slowly turns away heading southerly from their island headuarters a paradise in a turbulent world green with trees in Egypt The palaces are abandoned Taita Lostris Tanus the Pharaoh's son and many thousands of others are on board As the Hyksos pursue them never stopping the chase and still a vague plan to return someday Floating forever floating the royal galleys go up the endless river

  2. David Putnam says:

    I mostly dwell in the mysteries and thrillers but my favorite books of all time are historical which includes this book It's one of Wilbur Smith's best It's a story told in the point of view of an Egyptian slave There is everything in this book romance politics war Top five not in order Pillars of the Earth Lonesome Dove River God Shogun Young Blood Hawk Honorable mention Winds of War Thin Red LineAuthor of The Bruno Johnson series

  3. Ed says:

    How can you possibly resist a book about ancient Egyptians? River God was a pleasure to read At over 600 pages it still managed to keep the action flowing right until the end and it doesn't hurt that Taita is one of the sweetest and most likable characters I've come to know in a long timeAt first I wasn't too sure about this book I bought it on a spur of the moment and didn't know what to expect from it Taita comes across as a priss to begin with and there is that uestion of how Egyptian society flourished for thousands of years without him considering the fact that he invents just about everything But the fact that he's a slave and a eunuch set him apart from the prototypical hero He's not exactly what you'd expect from a slave however as he's well loved and respected and wields a good deal of power and influence And his his being a eunuch means the book isn't filled with the gratuitous sex scenes which plague so many others of its ilk He was lovely Smart resourceful gutsy and loyal and definitely not suffering from that irksome macho man syndrome He might be a bit vain but we get to see his flaws too And he's pretty Don't give up if the first few pages don't grab you immediately It should grow on youThe action just kept coming and it's been a while since I was so hooked on a book constantly wanting to know what happens next It was an epic Seriously I loved it Though the writing was a little cheesy at times but it was still readable so that's a very minor uibble There's something for everyone in this book There were battles wars murders marriages medical emergencies animals gods births deaths journeys friendships enemies You won't have time to get boredI can't vouch for the book's historical accuracy although obviously I would expect Taita's story to be completely fabricated but it didn't seem too far off the mark in general aspects of Egyptian life Besides authors are allowed to take liberties in historical fictionI'm not sure how uickly I'll rush on to the next books in this series if only because I want to preserve the memory of Taita as he is in River God But this will certainly be a re read somewhere down the line

  4. Paul O& says:

    This was so good I stopped reading a Malazan book to focus on itHigher praise was never given

  5. Genia Lukin says:

    This book as written by Cecil B DeMilleEnter TAITA dark haired gorgeous excellent physiue good at everything TAITA I am a eunuch but you can't tell because i do weight lifting every dayTAITA postures significantly His expression is sombre profound behind his back the nile flows a crocodile ambles out of the bushesEnter LOSTRIS nubile and gorgeous dressed in saffron director's note for God's sake increase her age to 18 not even Game of Thrones got away with sexually portraying a 14 year old girlLOSTRIS I am Lady Lostris daughter of the Evil grand Vizier I curse my luck for having been born so beautiful so accomplished and so utterly implausiblethe daughter of a stereotypic villain but I rely wholly on my friend and teacher Taita who cannot be accused of pedophilia having been incapacitated in adolescenceSuddenly enter TANUS big and blond holds out his arms to LOSTRIS his arms full of longingLOSTRIS Oh TanusTANUS Oh LostrisThe two clutch each other in their armsTANUS I love you LostrisLOSTRIS I Love you Tanus but we cannot marry because my stereotypical evil vizier father hates you and will kill you But it will be all right because TAITA will fix it with his many awesome skills and magical clairvoyanceEnter INTEF and PHARAOH concealing themselves in the corner their faces in shadow conniveINTEF Oh Pharaoh in among all my other villainous schemes I have found the time to propose that you marry my beautiful nubile daughter Oh by the way if you could kill off Tanus for me? That'd be great thanksOminous music sounds as the wedding scene unfolds with at least three thousand extras we can reuse the set of Cleopatra for that or somethingLOSTRIS I want to die LOSTRIS clutches a dagger in her shapely white hands poising it dramatically over her throat this is not in the book but it makes good cinema TAITA My Lady I can predict the future I predict immense grossing at the film release Please do not die Also I predict thatin five years you will be a convenient widow LOSTRIS OkayTANUS and TAITA ride through a wind swept desert in the background military march sounds Enter a suad of ROBBERS and a fight scene ensues TANUS in close shot with his face set in determination sword stabbing into an adversary TAITA in close shot his face sombre The ROBBERS are defeatedTANUS Lord Pharaoh we found the head of the banditsPHARAOH You did? Crap I wanted you to die Well okay who is it?TANUS points a ponderous finger at INTEF while drumrolls beat in the background INTEF is dragged off and executed plan for an additional three thousand extras hereLOSTRIS TanusTANUS LostrisFade to blackPHARAOH I have a sondiesFor the next twenty years things develop exactly as you would expect them toTANUS Luke I am your fatherThe EndReviewer's Note The book would not take much adjustment in order to make such a film In fact the writing is evocative of ponderous Hollywood close up shots emotional drama with all the most cliched loves temperaments betrayals and twists who didn't see the issue of Lord Intef vis a vis the robbers coming? and characters that are FABULOUS with all capsI struggled through it I am still not sure how

  6. Gouty says:

    I don’t usually advocate the burning of books but in this guy’s case I’ll make an exception He has some of the worst turgid cliché ridden prose in the English language This guy must have a cliché macro programmed into his computer “Oooh I need a cliché What one shall I use? I think I’ll use F7” I do not know how this guy got published not even once but multiple times If you come across a book written by this guy take it to a safe place douse it in gasoline and set fire to it You will be doing a small part in making the world a better place

  7. Lizzy says:

    Ancient Egypt mesmerizes me and I loved Wilbur Smith's River God Taita is a very likable character and narrates the story Not an everyday model hero for sure as a slave and a eunuch But he's brilliant spirited and above all loyal even if a little vain; and I specifically like flawed heroes I can't judge it's historical accuracy and I read it as a work of fiction; I'm not knowledgeable about Ancient Egypt but I don't think it matters here It was a great adventure to read the Egyptian Court decamps up the River Nile in their boats after the ruthless invasion by the barbarians Hyksos Many years go by and the Egyptians build a life in exile until they can finally return and reclaim their home There are bloody battles impossible love fulfilled and the coming of age of a new generation And as we follow the river with Wilbur Smith's master writing 600 page turner we follow along an incredibly enjoyable road trip story Recommended

  8. Kevin says:

    A decent story about life in egypt around 2000BC is marred by hamfisted writing I didn't hate the book but i sure hated parts of it In general the story isn't bad but the writing made me cringe at best and annoyed or angry at worst It is full of 2 dimensional characters who never change or change from one flat personality to another constant deus ex machina in the form of actual egyptian gods and somewhat creepily sexual writing that is out of place and excessiveRiver God is narrated by a slave Taita who the way the book tells it is the pinnacle of human life He is amazing at everything he does and touches writing invention music invention military strategy architecture sculpture invention painting invention science weather prediction cartography astrology fortune telling invention etc etc etc etc etc He is annoying in that he's in no way modest; since he's narrating he constantly tells you how good he is at everything not that he's trying to brag And i shouldn't forget to mention how amazingly beautiful he is irresistible to men and women Basically if Taita had not existed Egypt would have collapsed 4000 years agoThe writing is better than the DaVinci Code but not by much

  9. Allison says:

    River God is one of those historical novels that broke open a whole new world to me I have been to Ancient Egypt lived lost and triumphed there and then resurfaced in my own time as if coming out of a vivid dream The images are still with me but what makes it truly wonderful is the main character Taita He is the star of this book not the two star crossed lovers who dominate the book description Taita is a slave a eunuch but a highly educated and privileged one He's an artist an inventor a scholar a physician a strategist and He's a genius at the middle of everything important driving it all from the humble position of a trusted good natured slave Taita can do almost anything think a way out of most situations and turn them somehow to advantage But there's a sense of tongue in cheek to his abilities at times that makes me think he's laughing at himself just a little even though his attitude is one of natural superiority He thinks the world of himself but is also compassionate and selfless What a great character I loved seeing events through his eyes seeing his curiosity and his innovations and ideas and what fruit they bore I loved the steadfastness and depth of emotion that he felt for those he loved and those relationships made the history much poignant in the endYes Taita's pretty much perfect and Tanus and Lostra are also beautiful godlike and amazingly talented and well loved Readers who prefer their characters to have many shades of gray might have some ualms This is not full of gritty realism but is akin to a heroic epic with characters that are larger than life In a time when heroes could be elevated to god status in the eyes of the people I didn't find this to be out of placeI almost forgot to mention the adventure the machinations the betrayals the hunts and the battles Life on the Nile is wrapped all around it teeming with life yet unmarred by humans There are many opportunities for barbarism and civilization to clash and mingle There are gruesome deaths aplenty that don't allow you to forget the savageness of the times including many animals Just in case you think it might be boring following the life of a noble slave genius I was mesmerized

  10. Dana Ilie says:

    DNFAbandoned on page 312 of 530It's getting frustrating and I don't see why I should kill myself with this series Worse I get annoyedFrom the beginning I was attracted by the use of words expressions concepts that have no place in 1780IdH girlfriend Willy Nilly miscarriage couch introduction of horses to Egypt horses arrived in Egypt in 1700 1500IdH etc The man didn't do his homework much and didn't have a team of beta readers with knowledge of historyI give it ⭐⭐⭐ because it has a little potentialAbandonat la pagina 312 din 530Devine frustrant si nu vad de ce sa ma omor cu aceasta serie Mai rau ma enervez De la inceput mi a atras atentia folosirea unor cuvinteexpresiiconcepte ce nu si au locul la 1780IdH girlfriend Willy Nilly miscarriage couch introducerea cailor in Egipt caii au ajuns in Egipt in 1700 1500IdH etc Omul nu prea si a facut temele si nu a avut o echipa de cititori beta cu cunostinte de istorie Ii dau ⭐⭐⭐ pentru ca are un pic de potential

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