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Il Dio del fiume (Ancient Egypt #1)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  22,972 ratings  ·  930 reviews
Solenne e grandiosa come il fiume Nilo, la civiltà egizia è una gemma splendente, incastonata per volere degli dei in una terra ostile, dominata da aridi deserti. Secoli di pace laboriosa, in armonia con il respiro del fiume, hanno reso l’Egitto nobile e magnifico: ora però lo splendore della gemma si sta accendendo di cupi bagliori e un nuovo fiume prende a scorrere nel P ...more
Kindle Edition, 600 pages
Published October 20th 2010 by Longanesi (first published 1993)
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Henry Avila
The mist clears, the clouds roll out and the fog lifts, looking down, the Nile appears. Its blue waters, dominate the desert land, like a Lion, over a savanna. And the hot sun, is always shining, bringing excruciating heat, which not even the Egyptians can tolerate too long. The scene, ancient Egypt, the life giving river flows leisurely by, going north. But no human knows where it begins, in the south, if it does have an end there. The eunuch slave, Taita, loves Lostris, daughter of the evil Gr ...more
How can you possibly resist a book about ancient Egyptians?

River God was a pleasure to read. At over 600 pages it still managed to keep the action flowing right until the end and it doesn't hurt that Taita is one of the sweetest and most likable characters I've come to know in a long time.

At first I wasn't too sure about this book. I bought it on a spur of the moment and didn't know what to expect from it. Taita comes across as a priss to begin with, and there is that question of how Egyptian so
I don’t usually advocate the burning of books, but in this guy’s case I’ll make an exception. He has some of the worst, turgid, cliché ridden prose in the English language. This guy must have a cliché macro programmed into his computer. “Oooh! I need a cliché. What one shall I use? I think I’ll use F7.” I do not know how this guy got published, not even once but multiple times. If you come across a book written by this guy take it to a safe place douse it in gasoline and set fire to it. You will ...more
Genia Lukin
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Art Tirrell
Oct 03, 2007 Art Tirrell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure lovers
Shelves: alltimefavorites

Only drawback; it's long, too long, but for sheer imaginative scope, Wilbur Smith's River God tops everything I've ever read. The story is narrated by the charming eunuch slave Taita, whose secret passion for queen Lostris surprises - until we learn Taita reached manhood before being castrated in order to render him "safe" for service in the harem. He retains his passion, artistic drives and incredible ego, and the exercise of these alone are enter
Rhodesian born author Wilbur Smith is not as well known in the US as in the UK and many other countries throughout the world. However, his first major novel was published in 1964 and since that time he has written over 30 additional titles with sales exceeding $65MM. His historical fiction and adventure novels have continually received high praise, maintained a strong following, and for those who were fortuitous in starting a library collection of his earlier works, provided a fairly good return ...more
Apr 18, 2008 (KFK)Juliene2010(KFK) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
This book was one of the most amazing books to have ever graced literature. That may only be my opinion, but I believe it to be true.The book had action, drama, comedy and of course a bit of sexual story as well.
The book had many different fights and wars in it. Tanus was a skilled and vicious warrior and killed without hesitation. Tanus had skill, discipline and love for a woman. Taita also had the same love for the same woman and yet they were best friends. They both fought many battles both
I only read this book because it was highly recommended to me by someone. River God is supposedly about an epic journey and enduring love. Soap Opera history.I dont know much about Egyptian history, so I am not sure which historical elements within the book are accurate or inaccurate but the plot seemed a bit formulaic and I cant believe protaganist's utter perfection and endless accomplishments and talents. He single-handedly invented or saved every single aspect of Egyptian history and art. He ...more
A decent story about life in egypt around 2000BC is marred by hamfisted writing. I didn't hate the book, but i sure hated parts of it.

In general the story isn't bad, but the writing made me cringe at best, and annoyed or angry at worst. It is full of 2-dimensional characters who never change (or change from one flat personality to another), constant deus ex machina (in the form of actual egyptian gods) and somewhat creepily sexual writing that is out of place and excessive.
River God is narrated
i really liked this book. Taita is an incredible character. this was def. a page turner, i am running to the library today(im not allowed to buy more books unless absolutly nec. yes, i am a book a holic!) to pick up seventh scroll and warlock because i read at work and cannot bear to not have a book to occupy my time btwn xraying patients! the story was very authentic from what i know about egypt. and i was surprised to read Mr smith's note at the end that it was based on a true archeologic find ...more
I didn't give this book even a part of a star because I think that if you dislike a book so much that you can't read it, it doesn't deserve even a glimpse of a star. I read about a hundred pages of this book because it came so highly recommended, but I wished that I hadn't even read those. I was mostly offended by the graphic violence in those 100 pages. I'm for a book burning.
Rebecca Huston
For me, there's always a bit of trepidation when I pick up a novel set in Ancient Egypt. If I'm lucky, the book has plenty of research, an engaging story, and few anachronisms. Then there's this heap of steaming dung. There is so much to this one that I detest, from the insufferable perfection of the lovers Lostris and Tanus, the narrator, Taita the Super-Eunuch, and host of pretty much forgettable side characters. When the Hyksos attack Egypt in their chariots, the Egyptians are shocked and hor ...more
Shravanthi Kripa
What an epic read !!!
What. An. epic--CREEPY read.


This was my first African novel - excluding The Kane Chronicles which was only a children’s mythology book series. A novel for adult audiences is what I mean. This was wayyyyy more than what I expected.


Here’s what I think of it….

River God is the story of the era of Pharaohs, a story spanning three generations, as told by a slave called Taita.

But wait…don’t take the slave so lightly, because he is the key to every historical event everrr….at
Elizabeth A
I'm having a throwback kind of read. This is the kind of book I spent much of my teens devouring - once I got tired of all those Mills and Boon romances with the throbbing thighs. Seriously as adults do we ever read anything with the kind of sheer abandon we had as kids? Well, I captured some of that fun these past couple of weeks.

This is the first book in the Ancient Egypt pentalogy, and it was the recent publication of the latest installment that made me look into this series again. I am sure
Dana Stabenow
Dec 07, 2008 Dana Stabenow rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who liked She and Crocodile on a Sandbank, or any rollicking grand adventure tale.
Recommended to Dana by: Bob Penney
Wow! What a slam bang historical romance epic! Taita, slave and eunuch, tells the story of Lostris and her lover Tanus, lady and warrior of ancient Egypt. Lostris is sold into Pharaoh's harem, Egypt is overrun by Hyksos hordes with advanced technology in the form of chariots (with wheels, the first the Egyptians have ever seen) and recurved bows, Pharaoh is killed in battle, and Lostris leads her people south, to the source of the Nile, there to regroup and rebuild and return to reclaim Egypt fo ...more
What can I say? The best thing about this audio book version of River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt is that it is S H O R T !

For some reason Dick Hill's voice acting for one or two of the characters here reminded me of the Chi Fu character voiced by James-Hong in Disney's animated version of the Mulan story. That is not necessarily a good thing since Chi Fu is the sort of character that everyone loves to hate because he is so annoying!

I read this years ago. Years and years ago.

Mostly all of what I remember is that I loved it.

I hadn't a clue that it was a series.

Another handful to add to Mt. TBR? We'll see. I'm afraid it might topple over and kill me, lol.
The story takes place in 1780 BC in Egypt.

The narrator, Taita, is a eunuch slave who tells the love story between Lostris, the wife of the Pharoah of Egypt, and Tanus, the commander of the Pharaoh's army.

As historical background is the Hyksos invasion of Egypt.

Once you start to read this book, you won't be able to put it down, believe me. The plot is fast paced and one never gets bored.
Antonio Rosato
Ho riletto questo bellissimo romanzo dopo oltre vent'anni dalla sua uscita (era il 1993 e io comprai la prima edizione). Primo capitolo di un'avvincente serie di cinque romanzi incentrati sulla figura di Taita, uno schiavo eunuco che grazie alle sue abilità in fatto di medicina, pittura, ingegneria, tattica militare e tante altre arti, riesce ad emanciparsi e ad ottenere la libertà per mano della sua stessa adorata padrona, nel frattempo diventata moglie (a malincuore) del Faraone Mamose, ma da ...more
This book suprised me quite a lot. A friend said I "had" to read it and obligingly gave me her copy. It started a little slow and I felt that it would take me some time to really get into it. After the first 100 pages I was won over by this epic novel. It has EVERYTHING that a great story is asked to possess. There is a deep and undying love between the main character Taita and his mistress Lostris. He loves her more than any creature in the world, but he is servant and not her Lover. There is h ...more
This has to be in the top 10 of my favorite books that Ive ever read! Beautifully written! The taste and feel of the book had me thinking that this really WAS a scroll found in an ancient tomb that told of this brave mans journey though ancient Egypt. Of course, Im not an Egyptologist so I have no idea if anything in this book is inaccurate but when its this beautifully written, who cares?!

*edit* I had completely forgotten the authors note in the back of this book and was delighted when I rerea
Morag Gray
Dec 08, 2010 Morag Gray rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is not fussy.
Shelves: junk-reading
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Critical Mind
River God is a splendid story. This historical fiction is a piece of brilliant story telling by Wilber Smith, rendering it a favorite re-read again and again. River God has proudly topped my favorite novel list for over 5 years and running and this humble review has been long in coming. How does one review such spot-on emotional delivery?

At its core, River God is a love story and as such, has all the requisite components. Our hero is tall, hard, handsome and honest, so unrealistically splendid
"By Seth's great backside"...READ this book! It's just plain fun!

Right up there with 'The First Man In Rome' (another epic tale): fantastic story, characters you love to hate and hate to love. I couldn't put it down, and and was excited to read the next book which I think is 'Warlock' (which I can tell you in hindight you should skip fact you can go straight to what I think is book three).

River God follows the fate of the Egyptian Kingdom through the eyes of Taita, a multi-talented and hi
Grand in scope, yet intensely personal…an ambitious tale of lush and mythic proportions…

River God was a hotbed of contradictions for me. I plowed through its first few sections in a pace so sluggish even I was aghast. The introduction by the slave Taita of the young Lady Lostris and the dashing warrior-slash-boyfriend Tanus was not that compelling enough to make me want to stick through. Just a few millimeters thick (or thin, as it applied) into the novel and I tossed it aside, there to gather a
Wilbur Smith is the name I never noticed before,although I am life-long bookshop browser. Perhaps I was looking in the wrong direction or simply didn't know him,I clearly remember last year in South Africa checking out his novels in bookshops and thinking "hm,this sounds interesting" but this time I decided to give him a try. Boy,was it worth it.
"The River God" is his famous first (of many) books set in ancient Egypt and its a beautiful never-ending saga in full MGM splendor,with lots of chariot
☽ Moon Rose ☯
The antiquated remnants concealed in the undisclosed ruins left by the Ancient Civilizations that still await further excavation hold a certain allure, a spellbinding interest that captivate the imagination of the modern man as it leaves some parts of its historical lineage buried undiscovered beneath its seeming eternal underground of slumber, enclosing their ancient secrets in mysticism as it opens up a wide gap between the truth from what is just mere fiction.

River God is a manifestation of t
Told from the POV of the slave Taita whom manhood was taken from him after he had already enjoyed a woman, this novel is an excellent read. It takes place around 1780 BC when Egypt is suddenly invaded.
Horses, wheels and chariots had not yet been seen in Egypt but the slave Taita, architect, artist and designer of unusual merit has his eyes peeled and has the ear of royalty.
Having cared for Lostris all her life, he watches her fall in love with the soldier Tanus but given instead to Pharoah, he i
This is both my first Egyptian novel, and my first Wilbur Smith novel. I was impressed on both counts. Taita makes for a fascinating character, and I couldn't help but love being in his POV. He's tremendously talented and severely lacking in humility, and that makes for a wonderful combination. The love story between Lostris and Tanus is absolutely believable, and the scope of the novel is epic.

I'd recommend this novel to most, though there is a fair amount of gore, though not any more than you
Louise Pattenden
I read this book about 12 years ago and it absolutely blew me away. It awakened a desire to learn about history and travel to the places I was reading about. I have since been lucky enough to visit Egypt twice and take part of the Nile journey to see and experience the temples and monuments I had only read of or seen in pictures. Also to see Cairo where the museum could keep you for ever inside, and the City at night with the noise and bustle and Whirling Dervishes and markets and Mosques and ch ...more
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Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai, The Sound of Thunder, Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon. His other books include Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have so ...more
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“I was sitting in the Temple of Karnak on the Nile, as the sun was going down, and I was all alone, and the great Hypostyle Hall was full of shadows and ghosts of the past, and suddenly I heard this little voice saying "my name is Taita, write my story"… and if you believe that you'll believe anything.” 4 likes
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