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 must defy an analogous 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 kingdom, and the affection of 1 impressive man.
International bestselling writer Wilbur Smith, writer of 2 dozen hugely acclaimed novels, attracts readers right into a extraordinary, 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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The canines cornered him on the head of a rocky defile. The lion mounted on us once we got here up and brushed the canine apart as he charged via them. As he got here grunting and roaring in the direction of us, my mistress had stood unwavering, just a velocity in the back of Tanus' left shoulder, along with her personal puny little bow at complete draw. after all, it were Tanus who had killed the beast, sending an arrow from the good bow Lanata hissing down his gaping throat, yet we had bcJth noticeable woman Lostris' braveness displayed in complete degree. i feel it was once most likely on that day that Tanus first turned conscious of his actual emotions for her, whereas for my mistress, the quest and the chase have been for ever sure up with the photographs and stories of her lover. She had remained ever considering that an avid huntress. She had discovered from Tanus and myself to admire and to like the quarry, yet to not burden herself with guilt whilst she exercised her god-given rights over the opposite creatures of the earth, to exploit them as beasts of burden, to devour them as nutrients, or to pursue them as online game. We could have dominance over the beasts, yet within the comparable means, all women and men are Pharaoh's livestock, and none might gainsay him. quickly at the 90th evening the king despatched Aton to fetch my mistress. due to OUR FRIENDSHIP AND HIS personal emotions for my mistress, Aton had given me plentiful caution earlier than he got here. i used to be in a position to make my ultimate arrangements good previous to his arrival. For the final time I rehearsed my mistress in precisely what to claim to the king and the way to act in the direction of him. Then I utilized the ointment that I had reserved for this celebration. It was once not just a lubricant, yet contained additionally the essence of a herb that i take advantage of on different sufferers to deaden the ache of tooth-ache and different minor afflictions. It had the valuables of numbing the delicate mucous membranes of the physique. She used to be courageous correct up-to-the-minute that Aton seemed within the doorway of her chamber, after which her braveness abandoned her and she or he became to me with tears brimming opposed to her lids. 'I can't move by myself. i'm afraid. Please include me, Taita. ' She used to be light underneath the makeup that I had utilized so conscientiously, and a healthy of shivering took carry of her in order that her small white the teeth chattered jointly softly. 'Mistress, you recognize that's not attainable. Pharaoh has despatched for you. This as soon as i can't assist you. ' It used to be then that Aton got here to her reduction. 'Perhaps Taita may wait within the ante-chamber of the king's bed room, with me. in any case, he's the royal health care provider, and his companies might be needed,' he recommended in his reedy voice, and my mistress stood on tiptoe to kiss his fats cheek. 'You are so variety, Aton,' she whispered, and he blushed. My girl Lostris held my hand tightly as we Aton during the labyrinth of passages to the king's flats. within the ante-chamber she squeezed it tough, after which dropped my hand and went to the entrance to the king's chamber. She paused and regarded again at me. She had by no means seemed so beautiful or so younger and weak. My middle was once breaking, yet I smiled at her to offer her braveness.