It’s a side-hustle project. Wilbur asked me to work on a few books with him before he died after he’d read and liked my James Wilde novel Pendragon.
Here’s the second one – out in the UK and Commonwealth today and the US next week. It’s set in Ancient Egypt – or rather it begins in Ancient Egypt and then travels to far-flung places. High adventure, romance, dread, friendship and the magic of the ancient past.
I was honoured when Wilbur approached me and asked me to work with him on new stories set in the world that he created long ago with River God. He passed on late last year, but his blood-pumping, heart-rending approach to storytelling will live on.
It’s a joy to work on these novels while also having the space to tell my own stories. Announcements on new books, TV and film should be forthcoming.
Wilbur Smith, the best-selling adventure writer, read my novel Pendragon a while back. Afterwards, he got in touch to see if I wanted to collaborate on a new project with him.
As it has now been announced in The Bookseller, I’m allowed to say it’s a historical fantasy adventure thriller set in Ancient Egypt, published worldwide in September.
Here’s the blurb:
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 Ipsetnofret, 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?