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Publisher Description

The Worldwide Number One Bestseller Wilbur Smith returns to Ancient Egypt in a captivating new novel that will transport you to extraordinary times.


Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded, All seems lost.

Taita prepares for the enemy’s final, fatal push. The ex-slave, now general of Tamose’s armies, is never more ingenious than when all hope is dashed. And this is Egypt’s most desperate hour.

With the timely arrival of an old ally, the tide is turned and the Egyptian army feasts upon its retreating foe. But upon his victorious return to Luxor, Taita is seized and branded a traitor. Tamose is dead and a poisonous new era has begun. The new Pharaoh has risen.

Pharaoh Utteric is young, weak and cruel, and threatened by Taita’s influence within the palace – especially his friendship with Utteric’s younger and worthier brother, Ramases. With Taita’s imprisonment, Ramases is forced to make a choice: help Taita escape and forsake his brother, or remain silent and condone Utteric’s tyranny. To a good man like Ramases, there is no choice. Taita must be set free, Utteric must be stopped and Egypt must be reclaimed.

From the glittering temples of Luxor to the Citadel of Sparta, PHARAOH is an intense and powerful novel magnificently transporting you to a time of threat, blood and glory. Master storyteller, Wilbur Smith, is at the very peak of his powers.


Praise for Wilbur Smith:

‘Best historical novelist – I say Wilbur Smith’ Stephen King

‘No one does adventure quite like Smith’ Daily Mirror

Praise for the EGYPTIAN series:

'Superlatively evocative…Smith’s descriptions hardly falter over 500 pages and [River God] has relentless momentum’

'Big, brave and blockbusting … brilliantly detailed descriptions of life on the Nile’ Mail On Sunday

'Grand mythical material…. the set pieces are fabulous’ Times Literary Supplement

'High adventure … there is never a lull in his majestic novel overflowing with passion, rage, treachery, barbarism, prolonged excitement and endless passages of sheer, exquisite colour’ The Washington Post

‘A rich, compelling look back in time [to] when history and myth intermingled’ San Francisco Chronicle

‘A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile’ Denver Post

'An epic of sex, death and intrigue in the Valley of the Kings … richly written … packs in the action … excellent’ Weekend Telegraph

About the author

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of WHEN THE LION FEEDS, and has since written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.

Fiction & Literature
22 September

Customer Reviews

*genuinely* ,


Love Wilbur Smith!
Suggest you read the entire Egyptian series to understand the narcissistic and conceited character Taita. It is who and what he is that makes this series so intriguing. So many twists and turns, this book is hard to put down. Thank you Wilbur Smith you have delivered another wonderful read.

Barbariun ,

Written for children?

Was wondering after a few pages if this was a children's version, such is the simple narrative and nature of the storytelling. Subsequently realised it is the chosen style. Some may like it but I thought it ruined what could have a great story. Shame, since the author has written amazing books and could always rely on them to expand the imagination by immersing me in great adventures.

BathStu ,

Not even one star (but I have to give one to be able to send the review!)

I used to enjoy Wilbur’s novels, but this was surely not written by him. It was truly the worst book I have ever attempted reading. I gave up after 20 pages, it was so bad. Sorry Wilbur, but that was awful.

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