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River God

(Ancient Egypt #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  30,623 ratings  ·  1,295 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
Paperback, 664 pages
Published February 15th 1995 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1993)
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Carolyn Medley It was a great read for me. At times I was right there feeling, tasting and smelling.....
I read it twice, my interest and thirst to learn all I could…more
It was a great read for me. At times I was right there feeling, tasting and smelling.....
I read it twice, my interest and thirst to learn all I could about Egypt and Africa overtook my world. I just could not get enough about the cultures. Even fully knowing that a lot was not factual, it put a desire in my soul to learn more about this amazing world we live In. I Think You Will enjoy It!(less)

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Henry Avila
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Paul O'Neill
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so good, I stopped reading a Malazan book to focus on it...

Higher praise was never given.
Jan 05, 2008 added it
Shelves: absolute-crap
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
Ancient Egypt mesmerizes me and I loved Wilbur Smith's River God. Taita is a very likable character and narrates the story. Not an everyday model hero for sure as a slave and a eunuch. But he's brilliant, spirited and above all loyal, even if a little vain; and I specifically like flawed heroes. I can't judge it's historical accuracy and I read it as a work of fiction; I'm not knowledgeable about Ancient Egypt, but I don't think it matters here.

It was a great adventure to read: the Egyptian Co
Genia Lukin
May 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
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River God is one of those historical novels that broke open a whole new world to me. I have been to Ancient Egypt, lived, lost and triumphed there, and then resurfaced in my own time as if coming out of a vivid dream. The images are still with me, but what makes it truly wonderful is the main character, Taita. He is the star of this book, not the two star-crossed lovers who dominate the book description.

Taita is a slave, a eunuch, but a highly educated and privileged one. He's an artist, an inv
Art Tirrell
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Há dez anos foi-me oferecido o livro A 11ª Praga. Não fazia ideia que era o quarto de uma série. Li-o e adorei, fiquei encantado com o Egipto Antigo de Wilbur Smith e com o génio Taita. Foi sem dúvida um grande incentivo para me aventurar por outras leituras. Este ano decidi finalmente comprar todos os outros livros. River God (O Deus do Rio, Ulisseia) é o primeiro. Taita é um escravo e eunuco ao serviço do odioso Lord Intef, mão direita do Faraó Mamose. Na verdade é Taita que cumpre as funções ...more
Valeria R
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sei pronto a correre con me incontro alla gloria?
Spettacolare 🏆
Debbie Zapata
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: dar
When I marked this book as currently reading, I was surprised to see that at some point I had rated it five stars. I know I have read one of Smith's Egyptian titles, but I am not certain it was this one. I think I must have slapped those five stars onto it back when I first joined GR and did not understand the system. I remember in those days going through lists and happily marking any book I either owned or recognized. Silly me. Some day I will make myself a shelf of all such books and then re- ...more
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EGIPTO. (El Egipto de los faraones, claro)

¿A qué personita no le ha subyugado?¿Quien se ha resistido a sus misterios?¿Y a sus pelis de momias? Pues sí, a mí me fascinaron en su momento y todavía me atraen esas historias. Y las realidades que las soportan, como el museo de El Cairo o el Valle de los Reyes, te dejan con la boca abierta ( a mí me dejaron en su día).

Pero claro, si cualquier historia o libro con ese entorno no lo narras bien, no le metes emoción, pues no se consigue el producto que s
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
Taufiq Ahmed
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
পরায় দুই মাস লাগলো বইটা পড়তে। এর আগে কোন বই পড়তে এত সময় লাগেনি আমার। এক টানা পড়ে যেতে পারলে তারার সংখযা আরো একটা বাড়তে পারত কিনতু সময়ের অভাবে তা হয়ে উঠেনি।
বইটা আমার কাছে বেশ অদভুদ লাগলো। বই এর শেষ পাতায় উইলবার সমিথের বকতবয অনুযায়ী বই এর মূল কাহিনীটা সতয। যদিও বই উপনযাস আকারে লেখার কষেতরে লেখক হিসেবে তিনি কিছুটা সবাধীনতা নিয়েছেন। তবুও আমার বেশ অদভুদ লেগেছে। বিশেষ করে টাইটা চরিতরটা। তাকে অনেকটা বাংলা ছিনেমার নায়কের মত মনে হয়েছে আমার। সব কাজেই সে সেরা। আর তাকে উপসথাপন করাও হয়েছে সেই ভাবে। পরথমে কো
Nov 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Devo dire che ho trovato questo libro abbastanza noioso. Anzi, decisamente noioso.

La lettura non scorre affatto: per riuscire a finirlo mi sono dovuta sforzare tra ieri sera e stamattina.

Ciò che mi ha dato più fastidio è lo sviluppo della trama: scorre lentissima su certi avvenimenti, con pagine e pagine che trattano di pochi giorni e righe e righe che raccontano delle invenzioni di Taita, seguite da pochissime pagine in cui si parla di combattimenti e simili, che poi sono i punti che più mi sar
Absolutely fascinating book for readers who like stories about Ancient Egypt. A truly compelling story narrated by the multi-talented Taita the slave who has a mystical side and he protects and influences his mistress, a princess through various dangerous adventures, forbidden love, power struggles, epic fights etc .Also there is lots of interesting information within the plot about the great river Nile. One of Wilbur Smith's best books with a sequel too.
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.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorite-books
My father is a huge fan of Smith, was the one who first introduced me to this awesome novel.
But like I said to him once I finished River God, it was only awesome up to about halfway. Afterwards, I felt as if there was no plot anymore, it was as if the story was just going through the motions and where starting off, I couldn't put the book down, I eventually found it hard work finishing it.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Moon Rose
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Misfit, Hayes
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.
Tasnim Dewan  Orin
পরতারণা, ছলনা আর যুদধের এক উপাখযান। ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
রিভার গড, ইতিহাসের এই অধযায়টির মূল রচয়িতার নাম টাইটা। এক নপুংসক মিশরীয় দাস, যে কিনা আজ থেকে পরায় ৩৮০০ বছর আগে তার উদভাবনী শকতি দিয়ে গোটা মিশরের ইতিহাস বদলে দিয়েছিলেন। দশটি অযালাবাসটারের পাতরে নিবদধ তার লেখা ইতিহাসের সকরলগুলি উদধারের পর লেখক উইলবার সমিথ নিজের ভাষায় এই ইতিহাসকে আমাদের সামনে জীবনত করে তুলেছেন।

মাতর ১০ বছর বয়সে টাইটাকে যৌন দাস হিসাবে তৎকালীন মিশরের গরানড উজির ইনটেফের সেবার নিয়োজিত করার হয়। ১৬ বছর বয়সে এক পরিচারিকার সাথে শারিরীক সমপরক সথাপনের অপরাধে ইনটেফ টাইটা ছুরি দিয়ে তার পুরুষাঙগ
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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.” 9 likes
“Yet such is the perversity of human nature that I hungered for what I could never have and dreamed of the impossible.” 4 likes
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