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 and reunite the Kingdom's shared halves. yet Tanus must defy a similar gods to achieve the gift they've got forbidden him, an item extra prized than battle's glory: ownership of the girl Lostris, a unprecedented good looks 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 impressive, richly imagined saga. Exploding with the entire 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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Swimmers to the bows! ' Even i used to be startled by way of the ability and authority of my very own voice. The galley's ahead means was once checked, and ahead of i may think about the prudence of what i used to be doing, i discovered myself heading a hurry of hulking warriors around the deck. they might most likely have cheered whereas they watched the other officer drown, yet no longer their Tanus. As for myself, I had already stripped off my skirt and used to be bare. no longer the specter of 100 lashes could have made me do that in the other conditions, for i've got enable just one different individual ever see these accidents that the nation executioner inflicted upon me goodbye in the past, and he used to be the person who had ordered the castrating knife used upon me within the first position. yet now, for as soon as, i used to be absolutely oblivious of the gross mutilation of my manhood. i'm a powerful swimmer, and even supposing looking back such foolhardiness makes me shudder, i actually think that i would have dived over the aspect and swum down via these blood-dyed waters in an try and rescue my mistress. even though, as I poised myself on the ship's rail, the waters at once under me opened and heads bobbed out, either one of them streaming water and as shut as a couple of mating otters. One used to be darkish and the opposite reasonable, yet from either one of them issued the main not going sound I had ever heard. They have been guffawing. They have been howling and shrieking and spluttering with laughter as they floundered in the direction of the ship's facet, locked so firmly in every one other's fingers that i used to be definite that they have been in genuine probability of drowning each other. All my predicament became immediately to outrage at this levity, and on the considered the dreadful folly which I were close to committing. Like a mom whose first intuition on discovering her misplaced baby is to thrash it, I heard my very own voice lose all its past deep authority and switch shrill and querulous. i used to be nonetheless berating my mistress with all my recognized eloquence as she and Tanus have been dragged by means of a dozen prepared arms from the water directly to the deck. 'You reckless, unbridled little savage! ' I railed at her. 'You inconsiderate, egocentric, undisciplined little hoyden! You promised me! You swore an oath at the maidenhead of the goddess? ' She ran to me and threw either palms round my neck. 'Oh, Taita! ' she cried, nonetheless effervescent with laughter. 'Did you notice him? Did you notice Tanus spring to my rescue? used to be it now not the noblest deed that ever you heard of? like the hero of 1 of your best possible tales. ' the truth that I have been near to creating a comparable heroic gesture was once relatively overlooked, and this merely elevated my inflammation. further to which I without notice discovered that Lostris had misplaced her skirt, and that the chilly, rainy physique she pressed to mine used to be fullyyt bare. She was once exhibiting to the impolite gaze of officials and males the smartest, tightest pair of buttocks in all Egypt. I snatched up the closest safeguard and used it to hide either bodies whereas I shouted at her slave women to discover one other skirt for her. Their giggles in basic terms elevated my fury, and once either Lostris and that i have been once more decently coated, I rounded on Tanus.