BooklistThe brutality of life in ancient times is everywhere evident in Taita’s tale, which involves fatal intrigue at every turn. It’s clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and, in Taita’s case, honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period.
Weekend TelegraphAn epic of sex, death and intrigue in the Valley of the Kings … richly written … packs in the action … excellent.
The ObserverSuperlatively evocative….Smith`s descriptions hardly falter over 500 pages and [River God] has relentless momentum.
The Mail on SundayBig, brave and blockbusting … brilliantly detailed descriptions of life on the Nile.
Times Literary SupplementGrand mythical material…. the set pieces are fabulous.
The Washington PostHigh adventure … there is never a lull in his majestic novel overflowing with passion, rage, treachery, barbarism, prolonged excitement and endless passages of sheer, exquisite colour.
Orlando SentinelVivid and fascinating … Packed with passion, war, intrigue, and revenge.