The Quest: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Novels of Ancient Egypt)

By Wilbur Smith

A beautiful, heart-pounding, trip into the misplaced international of the Pharaohs.

Wilbur Smith has earned overseas popularity of his bestselling River God, The 7th Scroll, and Warlock. Now, the unmatched grasp of event returns with the eagerly awaited sequel to his exciting Egyptian sequence together with his most fabulous tale but. The Quest maintains the tale of the Warlock, Taita, clever within the lore of the gods and a grasp of magic and the supernatural.

Egypt has been struck via a sequence of poor plagues, killing its plants and crippling its humans. Then the final word catastrophe befalls the dominion. The Nile fails. The waters that nourish and maintain the land dry up.
Something catastrophic is occurring within the far-off and completely unexplored depths of Africa, from the place the strong river springs. In desperation the Pharaoh sends Taita, the one guy who may be able to locate his approach during the dangerous territory to the resource of the Nile and realize the reason for all their woes. yet no longer even Taita may have any inspiration of what a negative enemy waits in ambush in these darkish lands on the finish in their world.

No different writer can conjure up the violence and secret of old Egypt like Wilbur Smith. The Quest marks his stirring go back to the acclaimed sequence and proves once more why enthusiasts comparable to Stephen King compliment him because the world's "best ancient novelist."

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Taita referred to as Meren, and requested, ‘How outdated are those tracks? ’ Meren used to be knowledgeable scout and tracker. ‘Impossible to make sure, Magus. greater than 3 days, lower than ten. ’ ‘Then already the Eos worshipper is much prior to us. ’ As they became again for the safeguard of the huts a couple of darkish eyes watched their each circulate from the hills above the camp. The darkish brooding gaze was once that of Soe, the prophet of Eos who had bewitched Queen Mintaka. It used to be he who had written the inscription at the wall of the hut. Now he regretted having introduced his presence. He lay in a patch of colour thrown by means of the crags above him. 3 days formerly his horse had stepped right into a cleft within the rocks at the direction and damaged its foreleg. inside an hour a pack of hyenas had arrived to tug down the crippled animal. whereas it nonetheless screamed and kicked they ripped chunks of flesh from it and gobbled them. Soe had under the influence of alcohol the final of his water through the prior evening. Stranded during this bad position he had resigned himself to loss of life, which may now not be lengthy not on time. Then all of sudden, and to his nice pleasure, he had heard hoofs arising the valley. instead of rush all the way down to greet the newbies and beg to accompany them, he had spied upon them warily from his hiding position. He famous the troop instantly it got here into sight as a detachment of the royal cavalry. They have been good outfitted and fantastically fastened. It was once simple that they have been on a different task, in all probability at the orders of the pharaoh himself. It was once even attainable they had been despatched to understand him and drag him again to Karnak. He knew that he have been spotted on the ford of the Nile less than Thebes by way of the magus Taita, and that the magus used to be a confidant of Queen Mintaka. It didn't want a stretch of the mind's eye to gain that she had most likely confided in him, and that he knew of Soe’s involvement with the queen. Soe was once patently accountable of sedition and treason and may stand no likelihood sooner than a tribunal of Pharaoh. these have been the explanations why he had fled Karnak. Now he well-known Taita one of the soldiers camped under the place he lay. Soe studied the horses that have been tethered one of the huts at the riverbank. It was once now not transparent which he wanted such a lot to make sure his survival: a horse or the bulging waterskins trooper used to be offloading from his pack mule. whilst it got here to his selection of a mount, the mare that Taita had tethered open air his hut used to be definitely the most powerful and most interesting of all of them. even supposing she was once with foal, she will be Soe’s first selection, if he might succeed in her. there has been loads of job within the camp. Horses have been being fed and watered, copper pots have been being carried up from the river pool and put on the fires at which males have been busy getting ready nutrients. whilst the meal was once prepared, the soldiers divided into 4 platoons and squatted in separate circles round the communal pots. The solar used to be good above the horizon earlier than they discovered a bit colour during which to calm down. A somnolent silence fell over the camp. Soe marked the location of the sentries rigorously.

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