Framing the Dialogue

Desert God

“From an early age I have known that I am a favorite of the gods, particularly of the great god Horus to whom I pray. How else could I have been gifted from birth with so many talents and virtues? How else have I been able to survive so many terrible perils and mortal dangers that would certainly have destroyed any lesser being? How else have I been able to stay so young and handsome and my mind so sharp when all those about me wrinkle, turn gray and fade away with age? There is something about me that has set me aside from most other mortal men.”

In Desert God, we meet Taita, a former slave and now close advisor to the Pharaoh of ancient Egypt.  Egyptians are in a battle to regain their power in the region and need strong allies.  As the Pharaoh battles, Taita works to not only secure allies, but harm the enemy Hyksos army.

Wilber Smith’s novels have an enchanting aura about them.  He has taken me to places that are not familiar and brings them close.  The brutality of the times for slaves and princesses and warriors is firm and unforgiving…yet somehow there is humanity in many places. Take yourself on a journey to ancient Egypt.


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