January 4, 2015

Desert God by Wilbur Smith

Desert God by Wilbur Smith will take you on a journey of ancient Egypt. It is full of action, mystery, magic, intrigue, and romance, and may just leave you wanting more…

Book Description
Game of Thrones meets ancient Egypt in this magnificent epic from one of the world's biggest-selling authors. Conjuring the magic, mystery and bloody intrigue of a fascinating lost world, Desert God presents Wilbur Smith at the helm of one of the greatest stories of all time.

On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita—a freed slave and advisor to the Pharaoh—devises a plan to destroy Egypt's most feared enemy, the mighty Hyksos. His quest will take him on an epic journey up the ancient river, through Arabia and the magical city of Babylon and across the open seas—all in the company of the Pharaoh's exquisite sisters. With the future of the kingdom itself on his shoulders, Taita plunges into a world where the line between loyalty and betrayal shifts like the desert sands, evil waits in the shadows and death lingers on the edge of darkness.

Hundreds of millions have fallen in love with the magic of Wilbur Smith. In Desert God, he is at the peak of his powers, transporting readers to an extraordinary time and place. This is a novel of supreme adventure, blazing action, heart-racing romance and a sense of history so real that you will feel the dunes moving beneath you and the Nile lapping at your feet.” – Desert God

My Thoughts
Desert God is a captivating novel that has a bit of fantasy mixed with ancient history. I’m not a historian of ancient Egypt, but I do find this culture and part of the world history very interesting, so I especially enjoyed the setting and elements that reflected what I knew about it. The journey of a freed slave to help destroy their enemy, the Hyksos, is an epic tale that I am sure people will be reading for years to come.

I really liked the character of Taita, and the two princesses Tehuti and Bekatha. Most of the characters and plot is believable, which gives the realism that historical fiction needs to draw me in to reading it. This book and the characters within it make me want to read more from this series and author, which I will be doing soon, hopefully.

There are some violent and sexual scenes in the book, so I can’t suggest it for readers of all ages. However, I do definitely recommend it for readers who are of the maturity and age to handle such scenes.

* Thank you to the publisher of Desert God, William Morrow, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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