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2014-10-31 03:39:04 GMT Desert God by Wilbur Smith (REVIEW)
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On the banks of the Nile, a hero will rise. Across the lush plains of Egypt, Taita, a freed eunuch slave, wears his authority lightly. Not only is he the close advisor to the Pharaoh, but he is guardian to Pharaoh Tamose’s two teenage sisters, the young beauties Tehuti and Bekatha.
But the kingdom is not at peace. They have been fighting Southern Egypt’s constant and historic enemy, the Hyksos people in the north, since time began. To finally crush them, Pharaoh must turn to his most trusted friend.
Taita, philosopher, poet and expert strategist, has a plan that will see Egypt destroy the Hyksos army and form a coveted alliance with Crete in one move. This plan will take him, his expedition commander Zaras, and their mighty warriors on a perilous journey up the Nile, through Arabia to the magical city of Babylon, then across the open seas to Crete.
The many dangers will cost lives and time, and they will meet battle and betrayal head on. But Taita must not forget his two charges, the spirited young princesses, whose attraction to the very warriors who lead the fight threatens Taita’s meticulous plan and the future of Egypt itself.
In a nutshell: Desert God is not necessarily as epic as the blurb suggests, but it is a descriptive and intriguing read set in Ancient Egypt.
Desert God is narrated by Taita, a freed slave. It follows his story in Ancient Egypt as he attempts to beat Egypt’s enemy, the Hyksos, and protect the Pharoah’s daughters. It is essentially an adventure story, full of the intrigue, violence and passion of the time period. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I learned much about Ancient Egypt while I was reading it, but I was taken to a different time and place when I was reading Desert God. I simply enjoyed reading the novel because it was set in Egypt. I loved that there is a map of the area printed in the inside of the book.
Going into this book, I expected something a lot different and I think that the blurb is somewhat misleading. (I’m not sure that I agree with the Game of Thrones comparison for one thing.) Some sections were more compelling than others, but for the most part I think that it lacked the spark that would have made it a really epic and engaging read. The writing style was very descriptive and I appreciated that. There was one particular scene involving a surgery that was particularly detailed - it was fascinating yet disturbing at the same time. It did take me quite a while to get through the book and there were only occasional sections where I was really hooked.
Personally, I did not care for any of the characters in Desert God. The narrator, Taita, is extremely egotistical and it was difficult to like him. I appreciate when characters have flaws but Taita was essentially the most amazing person in Egypt. I wasn’t a bit fan of reading from his perspective and I think that it limited how much we got to learn about the minor characters. I also wasn’t fond of the princesses and wished that they - like the others - would have developed more as the story progressed.
Desert God is my first book by Wilbur Smith and though I have not read the previous books in the Ancient Egypt series, it was still possible to read it without much confusion. Maybe at some point in the future I might satisfy my curiosity and read his other books, since a lot of reviewers here seem to think that his previous novels are better.
I would recommend Desert God to anyone who is interested in Ancient Egypt, particularly if you enjoy descriptive and intriguing stories.Post on:
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2014-10-30 06:48:44 GMT Book Recommendation Photosets
You might have noticed that I’ve been posting some photosets of books that I recommend, using my own pictures. I’m hoping to post a couple of these each week from a range of genres so if you’re after book recommendations, be sure to check them out!
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