River God – Wilbur Smith
River God is a 1993 historical fiction novel by Wilbur Smith, set in ancient Egypt. It is the first book in the River God series, and follows the adventures of Taita, a eunuch slave who rises to become one of the most powerful men in Egypt.
Taita is born into slavery, but he is a highly intelligent and skilled man. He is educated by the priests of Amun, and he learns the secrets of medicine and magic. Taita is also a skilled warrior and a fearless leader.
Taita’s life changes forever when he is chosen to be the guardian of Tanus, the son of the Pharaoh. Tanus is a sickly child, and Taita is determined to protect him. Taita also becomes close to Tanus’s mother, Hatshepsut, the queen of Egypt.
Hatshepsut is a strong and ambitious woman. She is determined to rule Egypt on her own, and she sees Taita as a valuable ally. Taita helps Hatshepsut to overthrow her husband and seize the throne.
Taita becomes one of the most powerful men in Egypt. He is the queen’s chief advisor and her most trusted confidant. He is also the commander of her armies and the protector of her son.
Taita’s life is full of danger and intrigue. He must constantly be on his guard against his enemies, both foreign and domestic. Taita must also use all of his skills and cunning to protect the queen and her son.
River God is a thrilling adventure novel that is full of action, suspense, and romance. It is a story about courage, determination, and the power of love.
The novel explores a number of themes, including:
- The power of love
- The dangers of power
- The importance of family
- The resilience of the human spirit
- Taita: A eunuch slave who rises to become one of the most powerful men in Egypt.
- Hatshepsut: The queen of Egypt.
- Tanus: The son of the Pharaoh.
- Memnon: The high priest of Amun.
- Akhenaten: The young prince who will eventually succeed his father as Pharaoh.
River God was a critical and commercial success upon its publication. It was praised for its fast-paced plot, its well-developed characters, and its vivid descriptions of ancient Egypt. The novel has been translated into over 20 languages and has sold over 2 million copies.
River God is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and adventure novels. It is a thrilling and exciting story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
- historical fiction
- ancient Egypt
- resilience of the human spirit