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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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The new kingdom , not like other books

Did not like the narrator, long winded tone . I have loved every book till this one. Found it ok but not a exciting as other books. Felt it was a long drawn out story with little excitement. Maybe this was due to other writer. Very disappointed

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whispering narration

The story was absolutely brilliant however the narration of this book was done in whispering tones and at times was very difficult to hear. The narrator had a really good voice when he did speak up, however in critical sections of the story he went into a whispering mode forcing you to have to turn the volume up to full to hear what he was saying. Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed the book well done.

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A thin tale unworthy of Smith; poor narration

I only hope this foolish story is highly outsourced by Smith's co-writer for it is unworthy of the River God series and Smith's earlier works.
The narrator however should sooner drive a taxi than turn his art to audio book narratives. His performance is shocking; he frequently pauses out of sequence with the intention of the writer's sentence and his voice is unskilled and unimaginative.

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  • Janet
  • 05-12-2021

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
  • 14-09-2021

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-09-2021

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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  • Mr G Whitehead
  • 13-09-2021

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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  • De Zigeuner
  • 04-09-2021

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-11-2021

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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  • Khonsu
  • 21-10-2021

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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  • Jusme
  • 22-09-2021

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 A Whitten
  • 15-01-2022

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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  • John Pearse
  • 15-12-2021

Interesting and educational

Enjoyed it very much. Would recommend it to students of Egyptian history and the ancient world.

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  • GL
  • 26-11-2021

Worst dialogue ever

I have every Wilbur Smith either on my shelf or more lately in my audible account. The only explanation for this utterly rubbish raconteur is to try and get me to buy the physical book and actually read it rather than listen to it. Cannot believe WS would put his name to this.

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  • Tessa Stirk
  • 15-11-2021

The last kingdom; the last book from Wilbur? 🥲

I write this having just learnt that Wilbur Smith, my absolute favourite author, has passed away & feel very nostalgic and sad that I finished this book on the very day he passed. The Egyptian series have been my favourite books in all of the series that he has written; indulging in the exotic and mystic history of Egyptian life, flaring my imagination and consequently often struggling to put the book down. I enjoyed this different perspective & deeper insight into Hui. But I missed Taita, who I love & think that he needed a bit more than a cameo. Nevertheless, it’s a really great read & a fantastic mark to leave on history as Wilbur departs this earthly plane.
I will continue to reread Wilbur’s books until the day I die.
Rest in peace legend: Thank you for the hours of joy and imaginative escape to that most beautiful content of Africa that you have provided for many. I am eternally grateful.

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