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Seventh Scroll (Ancient Egypt #2)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  9,553 ratings  ·  319 reviews
The seventh scroll is nearly 4000 years old. Within it lie the clues to a fabulous treasure from an almost forgotten time. Duraid Al Simmu and his wife, Royan, discovered the scroll and made research notes on it. But Duraid is murdered, and Royan has to flee to England to seek refuge.
Paperback, 708 pages
Published October 11th 1996 by Pan Books (first published 1995)
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Benjamin Thomas
"The Seventh Scroll", by Wilbur Smith is the follow-up to "River God", one of the best historical novels I have read in a very long time. "The Seventh Scroll" was meant to be read after "River God" but it is not exactly a sequel. It actually takes place in the present day with a couple of archeologist types who are out to discover the hidden tombs that were depicted in the first book. What an intriguing concept! What we got to live through before is now seen through the eyes of history, includin ...more
(´*•.¸ღBexღ¸.•*´)
By now, I have read this book about 4 times which tells you how much I loved it. Smith has written a beautiful, adventerous story about love, greed, death and courage. It takes place in a few different places, starting in Egypt, moving its way to England and then to Ethiopia. Wilbur Smith created wonderful characters, both lovable and detestable. The basic plot of the story is that a tomb found in Egypt reveals seven scrolls, the last scroll containing cryptic clues to the burial site of an anci ...more
Alan
A sequel that takes place 4000 years later! It drags a little in the middle and has some violent sex scenes that detract from the book, but is an overall good read. I like the way this man does his research.
Sunny
I'm not even sure where I got this book from - I think it might have been out of a bag of books that my mom gave me. I'd never heard of the author before, and didn't even realize it was part of a series until I looked it up on Goodreads when I was about halfway through the novel. But even though The Seventh Scroll is actually the second book in a series, it works as a stand alone novel.

Mostly, I enjoyed The Seventh Scroll. The character of Royan was entertaining to read and easy to relate to, fo
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Barbara
Smith inserted himself and his book River God throughout the story - as though archaeologists and Egyptologists look to him as an authority on ancient Egypt (refers to photos of himself and the characters, how all the Egyptologists of the world were excited to find this missing tomb after reading River God – strange to me that such highly educated people would think he has this knowledge that no one else does simply because he wrote a work of fiction) every time I read one of these references it ...more
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Publication Date: November 10, 1995
Publisher: MacMillian
Country: United States of America
ISBN: 0333637704
Original Language: English
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Historical, Thriller
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Lootability: Grab it and go

The Seventh Scroll is Wilbur Smith's 25th book and the second in his popular Egyptian series featuring the enigmatic slave Taita. A modern look at the events of River God, The Seventh Scroll follows the archaeological rediscovery of Pharao
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Susie
This book is based on a previous book, which I hadn't actually read. However, I don't think it's actually necessary to have read the previous book, unless you are interested in the fictional historical references about the places they're visiting and the items they're looking for.

This book, I felt, was completely full of ridiculous ideas. For me, that wouldn't be so bad if it was obvious from the start that it was an overblown and obviously fictitious idea of what's possible; I've read enough fa
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Marti
This was an amazing book. I read it over quite a long time, as it is 602 or more pages in paperback. I was going to donate it to a library book sale, but have decided to keep it, at least for the forseeable future, and maybe check out the companion book--River God. Sir Nicholas Quenton-Harper, a wealthy historian joins up with Royan, a newly widowed Egyptian scholar to mount an expedition to locate the tomb of Pharoah Mamose. THis has plenty of adventure.
Jenn
Let me start by saying that I LOVED The River God. It was one of my favorite books last year and I've not been able to stock recommending it. So, of course, when I heard that there was a whole series, I picked up more of the books. I hadn't gotten to read them, but finally picked up the second one this week. I didn't realize this one took place in current time. Still, it was cute when they'd refer to The River God in this book and complain how Wilbur Smith changed too many things, etc. But then, ...more
Duygu
I picked this up thinking it would be a mix of Clive Cussler and other adventure history type books. I am obssessed with Egyptian mysteries so was very excited when I first started on this. While it was action packed (with all of the fighting and gruesome details it had concerning torture) I found it considerably lacking. It didn't have the intricate detail of Cussler nor did it have excitement that swept me up and caused me to look forward to reading it. The descriptions of ancient Egyptian myt ...more
Laura
I really cannot see why so many people enjoy this book. It was really one of the worst books I have read. It was quite a struggle to get to the end considering half the book was in depth description of dam construction, so dull. Also, the random sex scenes seemed really unnecessary. I'm not a prude but it just seemed like the pervy fantasies of a sad old man. I wasn't enthralled like everyone else seems to have been, the whole story seemed a little lame. Although maybe my view is a little biased ...more
Tuomas Saloranta
Kaiken järjen mukaan minun olisi pitänyt tykätä tästä, sentään seikkailua eksoottisissa paikoissa ja muinaisten aarteiden etsimistä sun muuta. Käytännön toteutus vaan tökki pahemman kerran. En sinänsä vierasta graafistakaan väkivaltaa (pidän suuresti esimerkiksi Clive Barkerin Veren kirjoista, joissa on huomattavasti roisimpia juttuja), mutta tässä raakuuksia oli käytetty jotenkin tympeän tarkoitushakuisesti eikä se lisännyt draivia vaan lähinnä ärsytti. Samoin pakolliset seksikohtaukset tuntuiv ...more
Alan Veale
I was first introduced to Wilbur Smith’s writing several years ago while laid up with my leg in plaster halfway through a holiday in Lanzarote. I needed something to read, and there were several paperbacks left behind in our rented villa. When The Lion Feeds was my introduction to this most diligent of writers. I was immediately immersed in historical fiction the like of which I have never experienced throughout the thirty or more years since that holiday.

I followed the Courtneys and the Ballant
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Carina
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I remember enjoying it, that said I really didn't remember what happened (I knew they found the tomb, that there were traps but I thought that the baddies caught up to them sooner and they had to escape under different circumstances) so it was still a very enjoyable read - plus it is a real pleasure for me to come back to a well read book that I can just devour - it feels like it has been quite some time since I have read a book like that!

I think I didn't enjo
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Deni Loubert
I know that this is the second book in a series, but you don't really need to have read the first one since he tells you all about it in the book. The story is a kind of Indiana Jones adventure tale with a bit of poorly researched Egyptian history thrown in for good measure. Lots of really improbable stuff going on, to say the least. I found it odd that half-way through I realized that the author is one of the characters in the book, though only really referred to in most of it. Basically a stor ...more
Angela
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Chris Teel
May 13, 2007 Chris Teel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: wilbur-smith
This book is similar to "The DaVinci Code" in some form. But has alot more historical detail, an even tighter plot, and much more adventure and drama. The characters are brilliantly colored, and invite us into their story.
Lois
Jul 08, 2007 Lois rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: smith fans
Shelves: lobagsbooks
You either love Smith or you don't even attempt to read him. It helps if you have lived in Africa. I love him, and can't believe he is still able to write with such fluidity at the age of 80+.
Tashfin
This was the first title I read by Wilbur Smith. Some of my friends are big fans of the author and although I did come across even translated copies of his books in Bangladesh's ekushey boi mela, I never had the opportunity to read any of them till now. I picked this book up because I am a big fan of historical fiction/thrillers, the genre that has been refined over the past decade by authors like James Rollins, Simon Toyne, Dan Brown, Ken Follett and others. Of particular mention is Matthew Rei ...more
Teresa


I had a hard time putting this book down and did not want it to finish. One of my all time favorites so far.
Bee Lewis
Where do I begin?
Ok. Here goes. This has to be one of the most boring books I've ever read. I read River God and I have to say that book was epic. It was a literary masterpiece.
But the Seventh Scroll ruined it for me. The whole Taita image was completely dessecrated by the way the protagonists referred to him, and Wilbur Smith mentioning himself continuosly sort of takes you out of the story, to this wierd reality where there is another wilbur Smith.
Seventh scroll is not what I expected. I need
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☯Bettie☯
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Chuck
As the second book of Wilbur Smith's Ancient Egypt trilogy, this book was somewhat disappointing. Most of the setting is modern-day Ethiopia where the two main characters search for the tomb and treasure told about in River God River God, the first book of the trilogy. I really enjoyed River God, but this book, with the exception of a few exciting sections, was slow-moving. Another dissatisfying aspect of the book was the dialogue between the two main characters, Royan and Nicholas. No matter ho ...more
Penny
Again spell binding - wilbur smith never fails to engross
Alisha
The Seventh Scroll is the sequel to River God set 4,000 years later.

I really enjoyed River God , I love ancient Egypt and I loved all the characters and the story. So after I finished reading it I naturally moved on to the sequel, excited for the what would happen next in the story and intrigued that it was set 4,000 years after the first book.
The first two chapters of The Seventh Scroll were fast-paced and interesting and I thought to myself "This is gonna be a great book, I won't be able to
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Chakib Bahbaz
Feb 07, 2015 Chakib Bahbaz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction fans
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Melliemom
Second book in a series but not a true sequel. I was surprised since I didn't research it first, that this is not a continuation of events from the first book, but I was not disappointed. I actually like the idea of the book bringing us to today in search of the "truth" of the first book, "The River God."

It does not disappoint as there are again a couple of villains that have been so well written that you can't help to hate them and hope they get their come up ins.

There is a bit of violence and
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Dorothy
It's a pretty cheeky author who inserts himself as a character in his own work of fiction, as Wilbur Smith does here. The first book in this series, "River God," told the story of a pharoah named Mamose and his queen Lostris and her lover Tanus. The narrator was the slave Taita who was friend to them all and who served them in life and death. This book picks up the story 4,000 years later as the tomb of Queen Lostris has been found and the search for Mamose has begun.

The main characters here are
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Ed
I really got stuck into River God so given the favourable reviews for it's successor I got straight into The Seventh Scroll shortly after finishing RG.

The pace of the story is much the same; quick and rarely stops to take breath. This is similar to RG, but here the timsscale is relatively short and elapses rapidly. This
makes for a narrative that is comparable to the 'Dan Brown structure'. Certainly what we have is more focus on adventure rather than a hisorical novel recreating an ancient culur
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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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Ancient Egypt (5 books)
  • River God (Ancient Egypt, #1)
  • Warlock: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Ancient Egypt, #3)
  • The Quest (Ancient Egypt, #4)
  • Desert God (Ancient Egypt #5)
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