By Wilbur Smith
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312318420, 512pp.)
Publication Date: May 15, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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A stunning, heart-pounding, journey into the lost world of the Pharaohs.
Wilbur Smith has earned international acclaim for his bestselling River God, The Seventh Scroll, and Warlock. Now, the unrivalled master of adventure returns with the eagerly awaited sequel to his thrilling Egyptian series with his most fantastic story yet. The Quest continues the story of the Warlock, Taita, wise in the lore of the gods and a master of magic and the supernatural.
Egypt has been struck by a series of terrible plagues, killing its crops and crippling its people. Then the ultimate disaster befalls the kingdom. The Nile fails. The waters that nourish and sustain the land dry up.
Something catastrophic is taking place in the distant and totally unexplored depths of Africa, from where the mighty river springs. In desperation the Pharaoh sends Taita, the only man who might be able to find his way through the hazardous territory to the source of the Nile and discover the cause of all their woes. But not even Taita can have any idea of what a terrible enemy waits in ambush in those dark lands at the end of their world.
No other author can conjure up the violence and mystery of Ancient Egypt like Wilbur Smith. The Quest marks his stirring return to the acclaimed series and proves once again why fans such as Stephen King praise him as the world's "best historical novelist."
WILBUR SMITH was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Miachaelhouse 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.
PRAISE FOR WILBUR SMITH'S EGYPTIAN NOVELS:
"A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile."
- Denver Post on River God
"An epic ... Smith joins the ranks of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels."
- Tulsa World on River God
"A rich, compelling look back in time [to] when history and myth intermingled."
- San Francisco Chronicle on River God
THE SEVENTH SCROLL
"This old-fashioned adventure novel keeps the reader enthralled all the way to its very exciting conclusion."
- The Washington Post Book World
"A heady mix of exotic adventure, romance, and Egyptology. Smith is a master."
- Publishers Weekly
"Smith brings to life every colorful detail in the world of Egypt so much so you can almost feel the heat and taste the dust as the narrative builds to cracking pace."
- Irish News
"This most recent novel by a master storyteller is resplendent with all the power and pageantry of Egypt, the center of civilization of the ancient world."
- Library Journal