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The Quest (Ancient Egypt #4)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,132 Ratings  ·  283 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 the ultimat
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Hardcover, 718 pages
Published April 6th 2007 by Macmillan (first published 2007)
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Charlotte Bird
Aug 31, 2011 Charlotte Bird rated it did not like it
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
Jul 29, 2008 Petra Van der Wees rated it did not like it
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
Katherine
Aug 06, 2012 Katherine rated it did not like it
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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
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Andrew
Jun 15, 2012 Andrew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Phair
Aug 28, 2009 Phair rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jun 01, 2012 Sean Wylie rated it it was amazing
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
Kindra
Jul 17, 2013 Kindra rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
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
Laura
Jan 15, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
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
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Ram
Oct 10, 2015 Ram rated it it was ok
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
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Cornelia
Dec 29, 2011 Cornelia rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Kelli
Oct 04, 2012 Kelli rated it did not like it
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Greer Andjanetta
Sep 01, 2014 Greer Andjanetta rated it really liked it
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
Jul 05, 2010 Christina Maxfield rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 05, 2014 María Ciancio rated it it was ok
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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Saviour
Sep 08, 2008 Saviour rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical, fiction, 2008
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Timothy
Nov 30, 2015 Timothy rated it it was ok
Finished reading Wilbur Smith's The Quest. It wasn't particularly difficult in terms of language or accessibility, yet I found myself struggling to pick it up. Really felt like a chore, especially towards the end. I'm quite disappointed by it, particularly as I enjoyed River God so much. There were aspects that I appreciated, but everything felt so, well, been-there-done-that. Even the action scenes felt recycled, formulaic, and wearisome.

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Bizzy Day
Feb 09, 2015 Bizzy Day rated it really liked it
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
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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
Appalling.

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
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Jody
Mar 08, 2016 Jody rated it did not like it
I can't believe I'm rating a Smith book 1 star. His books were some of the first adult books I read, and I relished them. I loved River God and Taita was a great character. In River God there was intrigue, character development, clever manipulation, love and hate and all set in a luxurious, exotic Egypt. None of things were present in The Quest, instead we spent more than half the book traveling for years (How many times did they eat wild spinach along the way?), and nothing much happened. There ...more
Roxie
Feb 19, 2015 Roxie rated it did not like it
Shelves: series, fantasy
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
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Carmen
Jul 12, 2015 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bill Thibadeau
Mar 25, 2016 Bill Thibadeau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Big Risk for Wilbur Smith.

I have read the previous 4 books in this series and found this author to be mesmerising. This book is radically different. Mr Smith is a brilliant writer of historical fiction so much that this book perplexed me. This book is about the mystical powers that may have been a part of the Egyptian culture.

It took me awhile to accept this story from the perspective of a believer in the Egyptian thought processes. I stopped judging what was happening and looked The story fr
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Alix
Dec 24, 2014 Alix rated it liked it
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
Jessa
Jun 23, 2014 Jessa rated it did not like it
Racist, sexist, and chock full of rape & pedophilia.
Nadine Anne
Mar 16, 2016 Nadine Anne rated it did not like it
This book doesn't deserve a full star at all. Maybe I could consent to half a star just so for the author's effort to actually try and write a book.

The story is not badly written it's terrible. I could not find a single chapter much less a page that made me engrossed or at the very least spike my interest even just a wee bit higher than the interest I have reading nutritional facts at the back label of cereals. The ending is meh. Just so it wouldn't look like a pedophile scenario (and yea gross
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Lis
Dec 31, 2015 Lis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ero rimasto deluso da Figli del Nilo tanto che Alle fonti del Nilo è rimasto sullo scaffale per 5 anni prima che mi decidessi a leggerlo, e forse avrei fatto meglio a buttarlo.
Taita diventa un mago come nemmeno Harry Potter, diventa immortale, gli vengono fatte ricrescere le parti basse (era un eunuco), torna forte, giovane e bello, diventa immortale, ritrova la sua donna (ovviamente bellissima) e finisce che tutti vissero felici e contenti.
Scontato, prolisso, noioso. Direi che con il ciclo degl
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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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