River God – Eagle in the Sky


Fame and popularity breed envy in high places, and the adulation of the mob is fickle. They often take as much pleasure in tearing down the idols that they have grown tired of as they did in elevating them in the first place. It is safer by far to live unseen and unremarked, as I always attempt to do.

An ancient kingdom. An incredible destiny.

Taita is a humble slave; an expert in art, poetry, medicine and engineering, as well as keeping important secrets. He is the most treasured possession of Lord Intef. Yet when Intef’s beautiful daughter Lostris is married to the Pharaoh, Taita is commanded to follow her, and swiftly finds himself deeper than he ever could have imagined in a world of deception and treachery.

But outside the palace, the great kingdom of Egypt is divided, and in even greater danger. Enemies threaten on all sides, and only Taita holds the power to save them all . . .

The first book in the epic Egyptian Series.



Author: Wilbur Smith
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Published:  2008-02-05
Number of Pages: 818


The 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.


An epic of sex, death and intrigue in the Valley of the Kings … richly written … packs in the action … excellent.

Weekend Telegraph

Superlatively evocative….Smith`s descriptions hardly falter over 500 pages and [River God] has relentless momentum.

The Observer

Big, brave and blockbusting … brilliantly detailed descriptions of life on the Nile.

The Mail on Sunday

Grand mythical material…. the set pieces are fabulous.

Times Literary Supplement

High 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.

The Washington Post

Vivid and fascinating … Packed with passion, war, intrigue, and revenge.

Orlando Sentinel


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