River God (A Novel of Ancient Egypt)

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 realize the gift they've got forbidden him, an item extra prized than battle's glory: ownership of the girl Lostris, an extraordinary attractiveness with epidermis the colour of oiled ceder--destined for the adoration of a state, and the affection of 1 notable man.

International bestselling writer Wilbur Smith, writer of 2 dozen hugely acclaimed novels, attracts readers right into a fantastic, 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 peak of his powers.

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They'd been positioned there for simply any such second as this, to avoid me from caution my buddy. 'Horus, supply me energy! ' I rendered up a quick and silent entreaty, and rather than resisting them I hurled myself again within the comparable course as they have been pulling me. For an fast they have been thrown off-balance, and that i broke half-free in their snatch. I controlled to arrive the sting of the level sooner than they can keep an eye on me back. 'Horus, provide me voice! ' I prayed, after which screamed with all my breath, 'Tanus, watch out! He capability to kill you. ' This time my voice carried above that of the mob, and Tanus heard me. I observed his head flick and his eyes slender just a little. in spite of the fact that, Rasfer heard me to boot. He replied immediately, breaking the rehearsed regimen. rather than losing again earlier than the whirlwind of cuts and thrusts that Tanus was once aiming with reference to his brutish head, he stepped in and, with an upward sweep of his personal blade, he compelled Tanus' sword-arm excessive. with out the advantage of shock he could by no means have made the outlet into which he now introduced a thrust in the back of which used to be the total weight of these mammoth shoulders and robust trunk. the purpose of his blade used to be aimed an inch lower than the rim of Tanus' helmet and without delay at his correct eye. it's going to have skewered his eye and cleaved his cranium via and during. in spite of the fact that, my shouted caution had given Tanus that fleeting second of grace during which to react. He recovered his defend simply in time. With the pommel of his sword he controlled to the touch a glancing blow to Rasfer's wrist. It had simply enough strength to deflect the sword-point a finger's-width, and on the comparable second Tanus tucked in his chin and rolled his head. It used to be too overdue to prevent the blow totally. despite the fact that, the stroke that may have skewered his eye and cut up his cranium like a rotten melon, in simple terms laid open his eyebrow to the bone, after which flew on over his shoulder. immediately a sheet of blood gushed from the shallow wound and flowed over Tanus' face, blinding his correct eye. He was once pressured to fall again earlier than the savage onslaught that Rasfer now introduced at him. Desperately he gave flooring, blinking on the blood and attempting to wipe it away along with his unfastened hand. It appeared very unlikely that he will be in a position to safeguard himself, and if basically I had now not been held so securely by means of the palace guards, i'd have drawn the little jewelled dagger at my belt and rushed to his reduction. Even with no my advice Tanus used to be capable of continue to exist that first murderous assault. notwithstanding he was once wounded two times extra, a gouge around the left thigh and a nick at the biceps of his sword-arm, he saved weaving and parrying and ducking. Rasfer saved coming at him, by no means letting him recuperate his stability or his complete imaginative and prescient. inside mins Rasfer used to be blowing and grunting like a huge wooded area hog, and working with sweat, his misshapen torso sparkling within the torchlight, however the pace and fury of his attack by no means faltered. although no nice swordsman myself, i'm a pupil of the paintings. So frequently had I watched Rasfer at perform within the weapons-yard that I knew his type in detail.

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