|River God (1993) [Novel]|
by Wilbur Smith
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Series: Egyptian Series
(From the publisher):
Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold.
A legend shattered by greed...
Now the Valley of the Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished crown.
City of Thebes. The Festival of Osiris.
Loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather to pay homage to their leader, but Taita - a wise and formidably gifted eunuch slave - sees him only as a symbol of a kingdom's fading glory. Beside Taita stand his protégés: Lostris, daughter of Lord Intef, beautiful beyond her fourteen years; and Tanus, proud young army officer, whose father was betrayed by Lord Intef, Chief Vizier of Egypt whose power and wealth is second only to the Pharaoh's. Tanus and Lostris are deeply in love, but unbeknown to them, their union is an impossibility. Taita is the slave of Lord Intef. It was Intef who had Taita castrated as a young boy after he found that he had slept with a young slave girl. Together Taita, Lostris and Tanus share a dream -- to restore the majesty of the Pharaoh of Pharaohs on the glittering banks of the Nile.
Original title: River God
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Egypt