By Wilbur Smith
Game of Thrones meets old Egypt during this very good 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 glowing 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 chance. 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 a global 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 on the subject of background, yet concerning the middle of a heroic man.”—James Rollins, ny occasions bestselling writer of The Bone Labyrinth
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