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Summary

A brand-new Egyptian novel from the master of adventure fiction, Wilbur Smith.

Performed by British Egyptian actor and BAFTA Rising Star Amir El-Masry.

In the heart of Egypt

Under the watchful eye of the gods

A new power is rising

In the city of Lahun, Hui lives an enchanted life. The favoured son of a doting father, and ruler-in-waiting of the great city, his fate is set. But behind the beautiful façades, a sinister evil is plotting. Craving power and embittered by jealousy, Hui's stepmother, the great sorceress Isetnofret, and Hui's own brother, Qen, orchestrate the downfall of Hui's father, condemning Hui and seizing power in the city.

Cast out and alone, Hui finds himself a captive of a skilled and powerful army of outlaws, the Hyksos. Determined to seek vengeance for the death of his father and rescue his sister, Ipwet, Hui swears his allegiance to these enemies of Egypt. Through them, he learns the art of war, learning how to fight and becoming an envied charioteer.

But soon Hui finds himself in an even greater battle - one for the very heart of Egypt itself. As the pieces fall into place and the Gods themselves join the fray, Hui finds himself fighting alongside the Egyptian General Tanus and renowned Mage, Taita. Now Hui must choose his path - will he be a hero in the old world, or a master in a new kingdom?

©2021 Wilbur Smith (P)2021 Bonnier Books UK

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Not a good book at all

I normally love wilbur smith books, but this one is very bad, things don't make sense if you have listened to the other books and I really struggled to finish it.

The narrator makes it even worse, and even he seems bored with the story.

Don't bother to buy this book!

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Not the usual Wilbur smith

I love Wilbur smiths books and have read them all several times over the years. But this one ….. I
No longer can see properly so have audio books but this narrator is so Bland. I can’t listen to him. No feeling to his voice. Like he reading a shopping list. sorry Wilbur I will
Wait til
It is released with a different narrator

PLEASE PMEASE DONT USE HIM
AGAIN

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So bad tried to return it when half way through.

Narrator îs rather weak, as is the story. I enjoyed all Wilbur Smith books until this one so as not this one I tried to return it as per Audible's policy. This was refused which does not match their policy so rather unhappy.
I can not recommend this book nor now can I recommend Audible Books - sadly,

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A bit of a miss

Not up to the Standard set by his other Egyptian books
Also doesn’t quite fit in as it is meant to

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A lack of depth that is normally there

Overall I can't help but feel disappointed with this book.

Having read everything, and "audibled" several again, by Wilbur Smith - you could say he is in my top 3 authors of all time. I know his style, story telling, ability to create and re-introduce characters - as he recently did successfully with Mungo St John.

This is a poor relation. I was hoping that re-introducing Tanus and Taiti would be a joy. Taiti is a bit part and Tanus, who you meet with the most bizarre French/Italian slant to his accent which disappears through the book, are not the characters introduced so wonderfully in The Seventh Scroll etc.

Hui's character has both a lack of personality and the most polar strengths and weaknesses you could put into a lead role. It doesn't work well enough.

There's little of Egypt in here - yes, of course, it's set in Egypt and "Thebes" is there and the Nile... the Hyksos and Shrikes... it just drags on. A completely bizarre lesbian relationship is introduced - why? It changes nothing for more than a couple of pages.

Wilbur Smith is a legend. A good job - because based on this he would never have got as far as When The Lion Feeds.

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Such a shame

Life long fan, but this book feels it has fallen very short of the mark and not helped by the one dimensional narration.
Such a shame.

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A Brilliant read as always. Thank you Wilbur!

Wilbur Smith never disappoints. His Egyptian books are my absolute favourite,
I love the characters and Taita of course leaves you wondering what will come next. I remember Hui from the previous books and it was such a treat to learn all about his life and how he came to meet Taita. It weaved in well and refreshed my memory so much so that I may well read all those books again. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. Thank you Wilbur you are a master story teller and centred in Egyptian history, another love of mine, this was a thrilling read!
If you not read any of the Egyptian books I highly recommend you read them !

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A Good Listen!

I enjoyed this story as it was no effort to follow and gave hours of relaxing entertainment... intriguing backdrop to adventure, suspense and the amazing exploits and escapes of the main character. A few dark scenarios but overall a jolly good yarn !

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A story that grows on you

I enjoyed the story in the end but I found it slow to begin with. The narrator isn't the best and took a little getting used to. However, I nearly didn't bother with this book having read a very negative review but, I am pleased that I stuck with it. It's an interesting take on a previous story from a different perspective.

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Enjoyable

Really good story. Interesting characters. Tension. Great adventure. Liked the links with previous novels in the series.

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  • Janet
  • 05-12-21

fantastic fill in to series

thank you for the extra info in this fill in story. realky loved it. egypt has always been in my heart and bucket list. i guess will get to see it when armageddon comes

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  • Dean
  • 14-09-21

GIVE IT UP PLEASE MR SMITH AND CONTRIBUTORS.

RiverGod and Warlock were outstanding novels in the Egyptian series, but after that, this particular genre took a terrible plunge.
Like many others, I have read the great Wilbur Smith’s books from When the Lion feeds to A new Kingdom.
I feel that the less he writes, and the more other authors contribute, the more disappointments I encounter in these books.
I will treasure his memories by escaping to his older books, but no more new books by Mr Smith.