River God by Wilbur Smith
At the festival of Osiris, loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather to pay homage to their leader. Only Taita - a wise and formidably gifted enunch slave - sees him as a symbol of the kingdon's fading glory.
Danger surounds all those who oppose the ruling elite. But together with his proteges, Lostris, the beautiful fouteen-year-old daughter of his master Lord Intef, and the proud young army officer, Tanus, Taita begins the long and dangerous journey towards his own glorious dream - to restore the majesty of the Pharaoh of Pharaohs on the glittering banks of the nile.