By Wilbur Smith
Game of Thrones meets historic Egypt during this exceptional 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 international . . .
On the sparkling 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 threat. His quest to spoil 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 barren region sands, evil enemies anticipate within the shadows, and loss of life lingers at the edges of darkness.
“A exciting story . . . as magical because it is enlightening—not near to background, yet in regards to the center of a heroic man.”—James Rollins, long island occasions bestselling writer of The Bone Labyrinth
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We have been a small celebration, yet our animals, guns and armor have been hugely valued by means of the tribes and will be beautiful to the lawless parts between them. in the event that they discovered of our presence on the water gap and knew how few there have been in our celebration we'd be in grave probability. We needs to hold alert and guarantee that we weren't taken off protect. once Zaras and his males had refreshed themselves, I introduced them out of the cavern and that i published our sentries and arranged our defenses to safe the world. Then I took Zaras and Haroun with me to discover our quick atmosphere and look for any symptoms that different people could have been the following lately. All 3 folks have been absolutely armed. I carried my longbow slung over one shoulder and a quiver of thirty arrows over the opposite. additionally my bronze sword hung in its scabbard on my correct hip. once we reached the pinnacle of the closest dune we separated. yet earlier than we parted we agreed to satisfy again on the Miyah Keiv sooner than the solar reached its zenith, which might occur in approximately an hour. I despatched Zaras to make a circle out in a northerly path, and Haroun to enquire what seemed to be a caravan path within the valley under us. I the excessive dune towards the south. It was once tricky to stay unobserved for there has been nearly no disguise during this terrain, yet I took pains to maintain off the skyline the place an enemy may possibly spot me from a good distance. I quickly came across myself enchanted by way of this panorama that was once barren and bleak, yet while used to be hauntingly appealing. It used to be an infinity of dunes that have been as mutable because the swells of a tranquil sea; tender and pliant because the physique of a pretty girl, without not easy edges, malleable and sculptured. The peaks of those waves of sand have been being gnawed at through the wind, altering form prior to my eyes. Footprints and hoofprints may turn into indistinguishable from each one in a short time, and may disappear thoroughly quickly after that. As I moved via it i discovered not anything during this different international to point to me that guy or beast had ever existed the following; till by surprise i spotted a small piece of sun-bleached bone sticking out from the sand at my ft. I knelt to dig it free, and used to be shocked to discover that it used to be the cranium and brief gaping beak of a nightjar. The fowl should have been blown to this point from its traditional haunts by means of unseasonable winds. I became again and slid down the face of the dune. whilst I reached the ground I headed towards the doorway of the subterranean pool. As I approached it I heard the shrieks of female laughter and the splashing of water from inside of. Zaras had again ahead of me. He and his males had unsaddled the camels and moved them in less than the overhang of the doorway to the cavern, to kneel the place they have been shaded from the direct sun. the boys have been grooming them and feeding them their rations of corn in leather-based nosebags. I referred to as to Zaras. “Did you discover whatever? ” “No, my lord. not anything. ” “Where is Haroun? Has he back but? ” “Not but, yet he'll be again shortly,” he responded. I hesitated on the mouth of the cavern.