By Wilbur Smith
Game of Thrones meets old Egypt during this terrific 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 international . . .
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 risk. His quest to break 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 wilderness sands, evil enemies look ahead to within the shadows, and loss of life lingers at the edges of darkness.
“A exciting story . . . as magical because it is enlightening—not as regards to background, yet concerning the middle of a heroic man.”—James Rollins, long island occasions bestselling writer of The Bone Labyrinth
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That have been it slow in the past, and now conditions had replaced. on the time Pharaoh had mentioned with me the prospective alliance among Egypt and Sumeria or Crete. I had tactfully mentioned to him that Crete may make a enhanced best friend than may the Sumerians. to start with the Sumerians weren't a seafaring race and, even though they can box a strong military good outfitted with cavalry and chariots, they didn't own a military of any contrast. I reminded Pharaoh that our southern Egypt had no entry to the center Sea. Our Hyksos enemies managed the northern reaches of the Nile and we have been primarily a landlocked nation. The Sumerians additionally had constrained entry to the ocean and their fleet was once puny in comparison to these of different countries, equivalent to the Cretans or perhaps the Mauretanian humans within the west. The Sumerians have been continually reluctant to probability the ocean passage with seriously encumbered ships. They feared either the pirates and the turbulent climate. The overland course among our nations used to be additionally fraught with problems. The Hyksos managed the isthmus that runs among the center and pink Seas and connects Egypt to the Sinai barren region within the north. The Sumerians will be pressured to march around the Sinai wilderness a lot additional south after which take send around the pink Sea to arrive us. This direction might current such a lot of difficulties to their military, no longer least the shortcoming of water and the lack of delivery at the purple Sea, that it will probably turn out to be most unlikely. What I had formerly proposed to Pharaoh, and which I now defined for Aton, was once a treaty among our very Egypt and the ultimate Minos of Crete. “The ideally suited Minos” used to be the name of the Cretan hereditary ruler. He used to be the identical of our Pharaoh. to signify that he used to be extra strong than our personal Pharaoh will be treason. Suffice it to assert that his fleet was once reputed to include over 10000 struggling with and buying and selling galleys of such a complicated layout that no different send may outrun them or outfight them. now we have what the Cretans wish: corn, gold and gorgeous brides. The Cretans have what we want: the main ambitious fleet of combating ships in lifestyles with which to blockade the Hyksos ports within the mouth of the Nile Delta; and within which to convoy the Sumerian military down the southern beaches of the center Sea and therefore capture the Hyksos in a perilous pincer move which might overwhelm their military among our forces. “A nice plan! ” Aton applauded me. “An nearly infallible plan. apart from one small virtually insignificant aspect that you have neglected, Taita my previous darling. ” He was once grinning slyly, savoring his revenge for the drubbing I had simply given him at the bao board. i haven't been a vindictive individual, yet during this example i couldn't restrain myself from having somewhat extra blameless enjoyable at Aton’s fee. I contrived an expression of dismay. “Oh, don’t inform me that, please! i've got idea all of it out so conscientiously. the place is the fault in my plan? ” “You are too overdue. The very best Minos of Crete has already gotten smaller a mystery alliance with King Beon of the Hyksos.