23 January, 2017

River God by Wilbur Smith


I haven't read historical fiction in quite a while and this is a particularly sumptuous read, with royal barges, processions, great wealth and high status individuals.

It vividly brings to life the land of the Pharaohs and the civilisation that flourished for thousands of years beside the Nile.You can almost smell the dust, the sand and blood, and feel the unrelenting heat of the desert sun.

Pharaoh's court in all its splendour is shown through the eyes of the clever slave Taita, gelded years before by his master Intef.
We follow him as he serves Intef and his beloved mistress Lostris, Intef's daughter, and meet Tanus, the clever war captain, the lover of Lostris.
It is an intricate plot with many twists and turns, but I was able to put it down for a few days and still follow the plot later on.

A very good read.

Title: River God
Author: Wilbur Smith

Reviewed by Clare K. Massey Library

Clare K works at Massey Library in West Auckland. She believes that there is nothing you can't learn from a book, and the more you know the more you grow.

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