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Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith; reviewed by Nimra Savanghan




Pharoah is a thrilling novel under the series “ Ancient Egypt” by Wilbur Smith, a South African novelist. The story begins with the death of Pharoah Tamose, and the unraveling that follows Taita, a former slave turned war hero during Tamose’s regime.

Taita being the narrator, journeys through a series of misfortunes, including imprisonment by Tamose’s son – the new Pharaoh Utteric Turo, on the count of treason. The new Pharoah, himself seems unsettled – maybe it be his sexuality or even his sociopathic behavior, thus naming him a “manchild” by the narrator.

The narrator’s unlikely journey takes him to Ramses, who is also seeking a fairer monarch in ancient Egypt. Together as a team, with warriors from Taita’s past, they march towards a battle that will change the history of Egypt.

As a fictionalized historic Novel, Wilbur Smith portrays the novel’s characters in a realistic gritty way. From the executioner in Luxor to the beautiful princess Serrena, readers have a clear view of each character’s personalities.

What to really expect:

The story is encompassed with quite a bit of epic battles, long harrowing sea voyages, a blend in with supernatural forces, family betrayal and of course- a bit of love.

Final verdict: Pharaoh is the sixth novel in the Ancient Egypt series, and those who missed the first 5 books, might find the novel uncharted. The story takes a while to grow on you, so if you get your hands on this, grab a good cup of coffee and enjoy a journey into the ancient times of Egypt.


Nimra is a charming hair band stealer, who loves Coffee, Chocolate, and Cheesecake. As a child, she aspired to be a writer or a pilot, and since then decided to settle on buying a farm in Australia with Travis Fimmel. She is often seen with a thumping headache caused by her two children.






About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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This entry was posted on April 4, 2017 by in Book Reviews, Contemporary, Fiction, Guest Reviewers, Mystery, Suspense and tagged , .
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