“Although I would rather have swallowed my own sword than openly admit it, deep in my heart I knew that finally it was over.”
– Wilbur Smith, Pharaoh
Game of Thrones Fans, rejoice! Wilbur Smith is back with another captivating Ancient Egypt novel!
Pharaoh brings Wilbur Smith fans back to Ancient Egypt and takes them on a new epic adventure. Egypt is under attack, and Pharaoh Tamose has been mortally wounded.
Pharaoh Tamose’s advisor (and former slave), Taita, has to bravely prepare for the enemy’s final—and fatal—push in protecting Egypt. His ingenious acts come during Egypt’s most desperate hour as he manages to defeat the attacking Hyksos.
Upon his victorious return to Luxor, Taita’s success is short lived. Tamose has died, and as one of his beloved admirers, Taita experiences a burdensome loss. Moreover, he is surprisingly seized and branded a traitor. With Tamose dead and the poisonous new era in front of them, the new Pharaoh has risen, but Taita is determined to stop him.
Pharaoh takes us through the glittering temples of Luxor to the Citadel of Sparta. This intense, powerful novel does an amazing job at transporting you to a time of threat, blood and gory.
This was my first glimpse into Wilbur Smith’s amazing storytelling, as well as my first venture into the world of Ancient Egypt. With everything from magic to mystery, romance to battles, gruesome deaths, intriguing characters, and everything in between, Smith did not disappoint for a page or a paragraph. Right from the start, this book grabbed my attention and never let it go. Trust me when I say this book will be difficult to put down.
This is the sixth book in Wilbur Smith’s Ancient Egypt series, but it is easily read on its own. And with Smith defined as the “best historical novelist” by Stephen King, how can you not want to pick this one up?