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River God (Ancient Egypt #1)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  18,257 ratings  ·  767 reviews
For Tanus, the fair-haired young lion of a warrior, the gods have decreed that he will lead Egypt's army in a bold attempt to reunite the Kingdom's shared halves. But Tanus will have to defy the same gods to attain the reward they have forbidden him, an object more prized than battle's glory: possession of the Lady Lostris, a rare beauty with skin the color of oiled ceder-...more
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Published March 26th 1993 by Macmillan (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
Emma
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...more
Gouty
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
Art Tirrell
Oct 03, 2007 Art Tirrell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure lovers
Shelves: alltimefavorites
ONE OF THE BEST ADVENTURE NOVELS OF MODERN TIMES

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...more
WH
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
(KFK)Juliene2010(KFK)
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...more
Jwala
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
Marci
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
Mark Landen
I attest that River God is a challenging, yet rewarding read. Since the Taita character is a genius and his survival is based on wordplay, Smith employs advanced prose, a deep and vast vocabulary, and jargon as well. For instance, the use of vocabulary is so extensive that often times Dictionary.com did not have the definition! And many times Smith uses a little known definition of a word. The use of nautical, equine, and military jargon was also common. I found the ethnocentrism between Smith a...more
Marlene
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.
Genia Lukin
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Kevin
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...more
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
Justin
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...more
Jennifer
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
Kenna
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...more
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...more
Stef
"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 ...in 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...more
maricar
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...more
Sasha
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...more
☽ 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...more
Gaile
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...more
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
Natalie
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!



Robert
This was one of those novels I just did not want to put down. If Ancient Egypt doesn't sound like your idea of a location to set a thrilling adventure full of twists, turns, and a modern story telling feel - then you need to pick up this book. It will change all your opinion. The character of Taita is perhaps one of the most endearing characters I have come across these past few years. I had to get my hands on "The Seventh Scroll" (a sequel of sorts) after reading River God just because I didn't...more
Chelsea
This was such an amazing read. From the first few pages there is always something exciting happening. As i read i only felt it was slow once and that was well towards the end. I fell in love with the characters and found myself crying a few times. i feel like i really got a true sense of ancient egypt! i was surprised to find out that W.S. was actually interpreting REAL scrolls written by a slave discovered in a tomb of an unknown queen. Taita feels like the most real character in all the books...more
Laura
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.
Sharon Desruisseaux
I loved this novel and the rest on this series! Incredibly vivid in that it brought me to the time period in which it took place. To me, that is an excellent quality of an hirtorical fiction novel. Had to buy the others of this series and anything by this amazing and talented author! Would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves reading on ancient Egypt!
Geralt
Just finished the book and I must say it leaves me in a dilemma. On the one hand it was an epic, likable adventure with love, battles and friendship set in ancient Egypt (great!), on the other hand it wasn't really convincing, its characters were often black and white, the historical aspects were butchered (not so great). The whole book was supposed to be a novelization of fictional ancient scrolls written by a genius slave Taita, thus many of my misgivings can be attributed to the "author's" pa...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.” 3 likes
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