I started reading these books because they suited Week 9 and Week 10 of 2007 Never Judge a Book By Its Cover Release Challenge. I did not finish reading them in time for that week’s challenge, so they were wild released after the fact.
I enjoyed reading the River God. I did not expect to, but I became intrigued with the discoveries made by the Egyptians as they travelled away from Egypt to get away from those greedy for the Pharoah’s gold.
- Chariot wheels, which they went on to develop lighter and faster ones which were victorious against their agressors when they returned to Egypt.
- They had not seen horses before until they arrived pulling the chariots.
- Steel that sliced through their bronze swords and shields.
- Rain, as their water was provided by the Nile River.
- Thickly forested mountains and ravines.
- Migrating gnus, to feed their growing population and armies once they understood the pestilence that infected their horses.
- Hunting elephants for their ivory.
It’s just a shame that people have to discover and learn new things by warring on each other.
The author’s note at the end of the novel says that the book is based on scrolls contained in vases that were found in a tomb by a Doctor Duraid ibn al Simma of the Egyptian Department of Antiquities. It is Dr Al Simma that invited Wilbur Smith to rewrite the original transcription “in a style that would make it more accessible to the modern reader”. The book is written from the point of view of the slave Taita, who is the author of the scrolls.
I consider any book that gets me searching for further information a good one. I will certainly be following up more about the Egyptians at the time they travelled along the Nile out of Egypt.