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By Wilbur Smith

Game of Thrones meets old Egypt during this excellent 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 global . . .

On the sparkling banks of the Nile, the intense Taita—slave and consultant to the Pharaoh—finds himself on the heart of a vortex of ardour, intrigue, and probability. His quest to wreck the Hyksos military and shape an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic trip up the Nile, via Arabia and the mystical 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 watch for within the shadows, and dying lingers at the edges of darkness.

“A exciting story . . . as magical because it is enlightening—not as regards to historical past, yet concerning the center of a heroic man.”—James Rollins, ny instances bestselling writer of The Bone Labyrinth

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I took an organization grip at the wood coaming of the hatch in entrance of me and braced myself. Then the seething water enveloped the hull. The uproar turned deafening, with males shouting orders and oaths, and the waters rushing opposed to the ships’ aspects. in spite of the fact that, to my astonishment there has been no wind. I knew right away that this hurricane with out wind used to be a supernatural phenomenon. I closed my eyes and started to chant a prayer to the good god Horus for his safety, and that i clung to the coaming with either fingers. Then there has been a hand upon my shoulder shaking me rudely and a voice shouting in my ear. I knew it used to be Zaras yet I refused to open my eyes. I waited for the gods to do away with me as they observed healthy. yet Zaras stored shaking me and that i remained alive. I opened my eyes carefully. yet I stored on praying less than my breath. Now i spotted what Zaras used to be announcing to me, and that i risked a short look over the aspect. the ocean used to be alive with huge, immense sparkling our bodies that have been formed like arrowheads. back it took me a second to achieve that they have been residing creatures, and that every of them was once not less than the dimensions of a horse. notwithstanding, those have been massive fish. They have been packed so densely that these less than have been forcing the others to the skin in a tumult of waves and spray. Their multitudes stretched to the restrict of the attention. “Tuna! ” Zaras used to be yelling at me. “These are tuna fish. ” top Egypt is a landlocked nation so i haven't had the chance to spend adequate time at the open sea to have witnessed a tuna migration of this value. I had learn rather a lot concerning the topic that I must have recognized what used to be taking place. i spotted that i used to be at risk of having a look ridiculous, so I opened my eyes and yelled as loudly as Zaras, “Of path they're tuna. Get the harpoons prepared! ” I had spotted the harpoons while I got here aboard for the 1st time. They have been stowed below the rowing benches. I had intended that they have been used to repel pirates and corsairs in the event that they attempted to board the send. The shafts have been approximately two times so long as a tall guy. The heads have been of razor-sharp flint. there has been an eye fixed in the back of the barb to which the coir line was once spliced. And on the different finish of the road used to be tied a carved wooded waft. even supposing I had given the order for harpoons, it was once regular of Zaras that he was once the 1st of any of them to behave upon it. He constantly led by means of his personal instance. He snatched one of many lengthy guns from the place it have been strapped below the thwart, and as he ran with it to the ship’s facet he unwrapped the keeping line. He jumped up onto the gunwale of the galley and balanced the lengthy harpoon simply, with the shaft resting on his shoulder and the barbed flint head pointing down on the flashing shoal of fish that was once streaming previous him like a river of molten silver. They appeared up at him with nice around eyes that looked to be dilated with terror. I watched him assemble himself after which hurl the harpoon, aspect first, directly down into the water under him. The shaft of the heavy weapon shuddered because the element struck and the harpoon used to be whipped away lower than the skin via the push of the large fish that was once impaled by way of the flint element.

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