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The Quest (Ancient Egypt #4)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  5,623 ratings  ·  263 reviews
Wilbur Smith returns with the eagerly awaited sequel to his thrilling Egyptian series. Following on from "River God", "The Seventh Scroll" and "Warlock", "The Quest" continues the story of the "Warlock", Taita, wise in the lore of the ancient Gods and a master of magic and the supernatural. Egypt is struck by a series of terrible plagues that cripple the Kingdom, and then ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published April 4th 2008 by Pan Macmillan (first published 2007)
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Charlotte Bird
Really wasn't impressed by this book. I loved Warlock, and I loved the manner with which the supernatural was dealt; it could be real, but it could also be coincidence and natural phenomena that the people of those times would interpret as real. That's fine with me. However, The Quest treats magic as totally real and goes into far fetched stuff like astral projection and talking in each others minds. If you're going to write fantasy, write fantasy; don't start a series with historical fiction an ...more
Petra Van der Wees
OK, so I loved 'River God' and the 'Seventh scroll' and I also liked 'Warlock' which are the only reasons I got lured into buying this book. The first two books of the "Egypt chronicles" were great because (I now realize) they are actually based on a true story. However, now that Taita has continued to live beyond reasonable age (200 years or so?) I think Wilbur Smith has finally lost all touch with reality in this last book, and has lost my attention along with it. Not that I'm not into Sci-fi ...more
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Benjamin Thomas
This is the fourth and perhaps final volume of Wilbur Smith's ancient Egyptian series, which began with the excellent "The River God" followed by "The Seventh Scroll" and "Warlock". Many folks have commented on the declining quality of this series and I see that, as well, to some extent. The first book was just so outstanding (it's in my top 10 list of all time great reads) that some deterioration was inevitable. This book seems to have received some brutal reviews though.

The book continues the
I've enjoyed Wilbur Smith books for 25 years but this one will be my last. I only managed to read the whole thing because I was traveling and didn't have any good alternatives. Also, I couldn't quite believe how bad it was. The mystical elements, while out of place, were hardly the most jarring aspects of the story. I was able to accommodate the genre shift, but couldn't abide the predictability and juvenility of the storyline. The story reads like an old man's dirty fantasy of immortality. Wher ...more
Katie Grainger
This book has really divided Wilbur Smith fans and I can see why. I have read nearly all of Smith's books and this different to this others works. It focused much more on magic and witchcraft than the historical fiction I am used to. This is why I imagine other Wilbur Smith fans have disliked the book. The storyline was rather unbelievable but then I think this was the point, the book was supposed to be fantastical rather than seriously believable. If you could look beyond this then the story wa ...more
Whew, I finally finished this one. Not nearly as good as the previous books in the series. It seemed like it lost its way about 1/4th of the way in and never recovered. The plot was convoluted and tended to wind around too much for my taste.

I had heard that about this book. But I really read it so that I could get to the new one, Desert God, which I understand is a return to the quality of the previous books. I'll soon see!
What bug got up Wilbur's *** in this one? Totally weird. The first third was nothing but philosophical ramblings about good and evil & 'inner eyes' and psychic powers. Then it turned into an Edgar Rice Burroughs adventure trek up the Nile with lots 'o fightin' and huntin' and hacking of limbs- mostly from the bestial 'lesser races'. THEN we get to the weirdest part which turns into a rant against stem cell/genetic research or something. Shades of Gorean sentence structure & description ...more
Sean Wylie
The Quest was everything I love about a book. Epic historical adventure story with well-defined good vs. evil characters of an interesting time (ancient Egypt) with fascinating characters, magic, mythology, intrigue, battles, and surprises, set against an unlikely journey. You follow the adventures of the wise Taita, an old magus (wise-man / teacher / magician) who has already lived the life span of 4 generations of Egyptians, as he is sent by the Pharoah to uncover why the Nile has dried-up by ...more
I only got through about 30 pages before I decided it wasn't worth my time and brain space to read more about the raging nymphomaniac goddess who sucks the souls out of the 'enlightened', strange sexual encounters between everyone conceivable and graphic physical operations. Really? All within 30 pages? Not sure if the author was just trying to grab your attention in the beginning to keep you interested, but if he was, I would have hoped he was capable of writing something at least remotely inte ...more
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it'a Taita the Inccredible armed with a lock of hair!!
One of my all-time favourite protagonists needs to save Egypt (again) from an evil presence that suffocates the Nile.

Gripping story as Taita and his band of warriors travel into the depth of Africa to solve this crises.

Smith does a fantastic job of graphically describing the procedures and encounters of the group - from the Chima cannibals to the Inner Eye every snap, gush and sinewy twist reverberates ten fol
Taita the warlock magician goes on a quest to save ancient Egypt and restore the waters of the Nile.
I read the three previous related books (two are chronologically previous and one is related but happened in modern time). I liked the two that occurred in ancient Egypt. There was some magic but it was slight and could be interpreted as natural too.

In this book the magic has a dominant part and is completely unnatural. Except for the fact that I did not expect it, it affected the book. The book
It's an exotic fantasy adventure set in ancient Egypt. The Quest has a strong sword and sorcery quality. Things in this book also tie in closely to the first one in the series, River God. It has a great ending line. Wilbur Smith is quite a story teller and I did enjoy the entire series though it's been a long time since I read the first two.
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Greer Andjanetta
An epic story but needs to be grouped in the fantasy category. A very interesting story but based throughout on magic, reincarnation, out-of-body transportation, mind reading, etc. It is much easier to create a captivating story when the author does not have to keep within reality. Just as certain writers give their heroes immense personal wealth which lets them possess or acquire highly specialized, exotic or restricted equipment to help them escape impossible situations or track their targets, ...more
Christina Maxfield
There are 4 books in this series and I actually started with this the last one which led me to reading the rest of them and then this one again. The first and third books of the series were books based on fact with generous fiction thrown in. Well, this one is packed to the brim with fiction with only a splattering of fact. Still a great read as I am into science fiction as well as historical based novels. This book continues main character Taita's already long life story (he's getting up to 200 ...more
María Ciancio
There's more to dislike than to enjoy from this book, and it'd be a hard time trying to convince me that this one was ACTUALLY written by Wilbur Smith.
Besides the continuity errors (and possible mistranslations, why not) it didn't seem to me as if the character's were themselves. But what is the worst, I felt as if Taita's, and every other character's story was bastardized.

The esoteric content was an interesting and pleasant surprise to me -though I'm pretty sure many readers would disagree, as
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Bizzy Day
Picked this up from the 'library' bookshelf in a hotel in Egypt. Despite being well read, a bit grubby with pages falling out everywhere it seemed fairly fitting to read a story set in Egypt while in Egypt.

Now this was my first Wilbur Smith book. I wasn't aware it was part of a series although it became pretty clear that it was within the first few pages. The characters at first seemed underdeveloped, I felt I was missing something, and with all the killing / sex going on every other page, I was
Forgotten Realms Queen
This fourth installment in the story of the magus Taita is I believe the best one yet. It has actually inspired me to move on from Wilbur Smith's Egyptian series to his other books because I enjoyed this one so much.

All I am going to say about this book is that I am so happy for Taita and how this book ends for him, and I hope that this is not that last that we see of these wonderful characters.
Antonio De la rosa

Meet Taita, the lead character: writer, sculptor, painter, architect, engineer, surgeon, strategist, politician, warrior, athlete, historian, geographer, philosopher, mystic, philologist, adventurer, musician, chess player, veterinarian, actor, utterly handsome and wise beyond measure.

He is also a caucasian 154 years old eunuch living in the ancient Egypt.

He is a slave too, but he does and goes as he pleases.

"The Quest" starts with Taita going to a lama monastery in the middle of Dark
I don't remember how this book came into my possession. I think it might have been given to me by someone who knows about my love for ancient Egypt. Judging by my reactions to both this book and Lily of the Nile, I really dislike mixing my ancient Egypt with hoopla magical powers. Which is kinda funny considering my love for all things *woo*.

Apparently this book is part of a series, which may be the source of some of my problems with it. There are all sorts of allusions to Taita's past and earli
This novel rivals with the first book in this series, 'River God'. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a lot of action and a lot happening. The boy Ganga seemed kind, even though he had a disfigurement on his back and turned out to be a forest sprite. My favourite quote out of this novel is spoken by Kalulu: 'This was and is the Nile.' I found what he said very amusing! I also found him very intriguing as well. I got a little bit queasy reading about when Fenn got hurt and Taita had to operat ...more
Antonio Rosato
"Alle fonti del Nilo" è il quarto volume del bellissimo ed epico ciclo egizio di Wilbur Smith. I primi tre lavori sono stati alquanto meravigliosi e spettacolari, ma questo (purtroppo bisogna dirlo) mi ha profondamente deluso e lasciato con l'amaro in bocca... già a metà libro non vedevo l'ora di arrivare alla fine e, in più di un'occasione, sono stato lì lì per abbandonare il tutto! Intanto cominciamo col dire che moltissime situazioni (parecchio logorroiche) non avendo nulla a che fare con la ...more
I love the Egyptian part... and the adventure was pretty fun and interesting, but Smith just doesn't write a believable love story. Taita and Lostris... last we heard Lostris was in love with someone else. Sure, she held Taita in strong affection, but her love story with Tanus had some passion. We knew that Taita loved Lostris and they were close their whole lives, but it seems to me very one sided. Now Lostris' rebirth is just awkward. Especially as Taita is an old man yet they "cuddle" togethe ...more
Racist, sexist, and chock full of rape & pedophilia.
Completamente diverso dai precedenti volumi della saga egizia, questo più che un romanzo storico è quasi un fantasy... Magie, incantesimi e vari eventi soprannaturali sono la spina dorsale della trama.
Lo stesso Taita, il mitico Longevo dall'intelletto acuto, che ricordiamo come poeta, scrittore, architetto, stratega, in questo libro è presentato come mago. Mah.

La storia comincia ad essere un po' più interessante nella seconda metà (cioè solo per chi non si lascia scoraggiare dalle prime 300 pag
Adèle Pandey
I started reading this last year and couldn't quite get into it right I put it down and recently picked it back up again.
I loved River God, The Seventh Scroll and Warlock and was expecting the same here...for the most part, the story was exciting and more like previous books, but in some parts was either totally over the top or very lack luster.
The whole Fenn storyline wasn't as intense as I was expecting or hoping for. It was so built up previously (with Queen Lostris) and it really
When the 5th book in the series was released I decided to re-read the first four before starting the fifth, and given the polarising nature of this story, I wanted to add my opinion.
Fans of the series will either love it hate it.
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, the inconsistencies in the story from books one and three are frustrating - changing names, descriptions etc. It wasn't enough to stop me enjoying the story in its own right, but what I ended up doing was considering some of
El cuarto libro de la serie egipcia de Wilbur Smith se enfoca más bien en el misticismo, la ficción y la magia, dejando a un lado la ficción histórica de las anteriores novelas.

El mago Taita comienza a notar los años de su extensísima vida, 154 años dan para mucho. Y si bien su experiencia y sabiduría han ido aumentando, también lo han hecho sus achaques y su deterioro físico. En esta ocasión, Taita regresa a Egipto después de muchos años de viaje y aventuras con su ayudante Meren, para encontr
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Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai, The Sound of Thunder, Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon. His other books include Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have so ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Ancient Egypt (5 books)
  • River God (Ancient Egypt, #1)
  • The Seventh Scroll (Ancient Egypt, #2)
  • Warlock: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Ancient Egypt, #3)
  • Desert God (Ancient Egypt #5)

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