Get sucked right into ancient Egypt, and the epic lives of the Egyptian royals.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
We met Taita, the Pharaoh’s slave and brilliant advisor in Wilbur Smith’s book, River God. In Desert God, Taita is on a quest to defeat the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete. Taking care of two strong-willed princesses doesn’t make his mammoth task any easier. This is a novel full of adventure and with a good dose of mythology thrown in there as well. Entertainment at its best.
Taita tells the story from his point of view. He is very clever, and quite vain about it, too. He’s also quite snobbish. It is understandable since he is the Pharaoh’s right-hand man. At least he tries (and fails) to be humble. He is a scientist, inventor, and eunuch. He’s born way before his time.
Tehuti and Bekatha:
The princesses that accompanied Taita were quite irritating. Taita spoils them and they take advantage of that whenever they can. I did feel sorry for them. They were being forced to be brides for the Supreme Minos of Crete. But their heart was elsewhere.
This was my favorite character. Loxias is a cool character. She got hired by Taita to tutor the princesses. She is well-read and intelligent.
Desert God takes us on a journey up the Nile river. Then through Arabia and the city of Babylon, and over the open seas. Even though the book is quite long (more than 400 pages), it was easy to stay in the world that Wilbur Smith created. There are a lot of action. The battles, pirates, and much more kept the pages flying.
WHAT I THOUGHT
Desert God gave our dear character Taita some nice closure. I suspect we won’t be hearing from him again, and that’s ok. I like that the book had a good ending. It wasn’t one of those frustrating endings where you must guess what happens after the end. All in all, it was a great read.