The Quest: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Novels of Ancient Egypt)
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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 unrivaled 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."
that the singer could be none other than Lostris. She had been his ward, and he had been charged with her care and education soon after her natural mother had died of the river fever. He had come to love her, as he knew no man had ever loved a woman. He shaded his eyes against the dazzle of the sunlit sea, and made out a shape upon its surface. The shape drew closer, and its outline became clearer. He saw that it was a giant golden dolphin, which swam with such speed and grace that the water
other subterranean sources of heat, such as thermal springs and geysers. He will be delighted to compile your list, but expect it to be over-detailed and exhaustive. Nubank is meticulous to a fault. I will set him to work on it at once.’ ‘How long will it take him?’ ‘Will you visit us in ten days’ time, revered Magus?’ she suggested. Taita took his leave and rode on another league to the gates of the necropolis. An extensive military fort guarded the entrance to the necropolis that housed
through the water. Tiny silver bubbles streamed from her nostrils. ‘I am close, darling Taita. Soon we will be together. Very soon.’ Before he could reply a voice and a rough touch shattered the vision. He tried to cling to the rapture, but it was torn from him. He opened his eyes and sat up. Beside him squatted Nakonto. ‘We have found the horses and the Luo jackals,’ he said. ‘Now comes the killing time.’ They waited until nightfall before they left the concealment of the papyrus and
and saw the prints of her small bare feet in the grey ash. She was aware that she was being stalked, moving just ahead of him, darting from one wood-pile to the next. ‘There is no sign of the brat. She is not here,’ he called, to an imaginary companion, and started back towards the village. He went noisily, tapping the racks with his staff, then doubled back in a wide circle, moving swiftly and silently. He reached a position close to where he had last seen her footprints, and squatted behind a
is Memnon.’ ‘That was his childhood name,’ he murmured. ‘When he ascended to the throne and took the double crown of the Upper and Lower Kingdoms, he became Pharaoh Tamose, the first of that name. There! Look upon him in all his power and majesty.’ Taita placed the image in her mind. She was silent for a long time. Then she said, ‘So handsome and noble. Oh, Taita, I wish I could have seen my son.’ ‘You did, Fenn. You suckled him at your breast, and with your own hands you placed the crown upon