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King of Kings

(Ballantyne #6)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The long-awaited sequel to Wilbur Smith's worldwide bestseller, The Triumph of the Sun.

An epic story of love, betrayal, courage and war that brings together two of Wilbur Smith's greatest families in this long-awaited sequel to his worldwide bestseller, The Triumph of the Sun.

Cairo, 1888. A beautiful September day. Penrod Ballantyne and his fiancee, Amber Benbrook, stroll
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Zaffre
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Apr 05, 2019 added it
King is Kings is a follow up to The Triumph of the Sun which I read many years ago, you do not need to have read this book but events then are mentioned but not confusingly so. Ryder Courtney and Penrod Ballantyne take centre stage, starting in Egypt in the late 1800’s it follows Ryder’s journey into Abyssinia to build a silver mine with a great many trials and tribulations along the way.
Meanwhile in Cairo, Amber Penrod’s fiancée breaks off their engagement after being told some unsavoury facts
Lynne Spreen
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wilbur's back.

I didn't enjoy his last few books and had decided to give up on him, but my husband said this new one was up to Wilbur's historical standards. It's close, and I credit his almost-secret cowriter. If you look at the cover very very closely, down toward the bottom, in letters so faint one can barely read them, it says, "with Imogen Robertson." I don't see her credited anywhere else, so maybe Wilbur isn't thrilled about giving her credit. But he should. I assume she's the reason this
K Saju
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The master writer is back at work with one of the epics. This book brought back the images and love one felt in his earlier books on Africa. Absolutely a must read for those who loved his earlier works, Africa and her history at her best brought forth to life in this excellent narrative
Yvette (bookworlder)
Feb 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
This review is based on a sample read through Bookish First and may be updated when the full, finished book is read. All opinions expressed are my own.

A bit of romance, a bit of soap opera, a hint of scandal, and the promise of adventure. King of Kings is a colonial story set in 1888 Cairo involving a love triangle of sorts between the dashing Penrod Ballantyne, hungry for military promotion, his fiancée Amber Pembroke, one of the few survivors of a siege and a published writer at just 16, and P
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read my first Wilbur Smith book - Monsoon - maybe about 15 years ago when someone gifted it to me to see if I liked it. Ever since then, I've been a very ardent fan of Mr Smith's work, hunting for every single book from the used-book stores, or, when I could afford it, purchased new. Through his writing I have felt as if I know intimately the history and the peoples of Africa (though this is of course, an arrogance); but his love for the continent shows itself with absolute clarity and is tran ...more
Tony Nielsen
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Best selling eighty six year old Zambian writer has written almost forty novels, mostly based in the Africa he has lived in all of his life. These adventure yarns based on the history of the continent have sold well over 120 million copies.

In "King of Kings" two dynasties are scrambling to dominate the landscape, despite the danger and risk that's ever present. Penrod Ballantyne and his fiancé Amber split up in an eruption of jealousy and misunderstandings. Meanwhile Amber's twin sister, married
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I definitely need to read more in the series

I'm sorry to say that I hadn't heard of Wilber Smith until about 6 months ago and have read two of his books. Very descriptive and keeps you engaged from the first moment you pick up the book. I love the ties to Egypt in this book and the characters are very well defined. I really couldn't put the book down. I hadn't read any other books in this specific series but am going to hunt them down so I can get more of the story.

I absolutely love the names i
Simon Howard
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is no doubt that Wilbur Smith is a master storyteller and probably his best stories Involve the wonderful Courtney family, this book continues and rounds off the tale of adventure that takes place when the Courtney's and Smith's other great family the Ballantynes come together. High drama, adventure, romance and battles play out against a sweeping Ethiopian vista. If you love Historical fiction with a touch of romance..... then the Courtney's are worth checking out.
Rebecca Sanders
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nobody writes as well as Mr. Wilbur Smith! NOBODY! His reads are always THE BEST! Thank you Mr Smith for another fantastic read❤❤❤❤❤ ...more
Colin weeks
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great holiday read.
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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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