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(Ancient Egypt #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  13,583 ratings  ·  371 reviews
One of the world's most acclaimed adventure writers returns to the world of ancient Egypt with the stunning sequel to the New York Times bestselling River God. In the wake of a sixty-year war over the reign of the kingdoms of Egypt, two young pharaohs have risen to claim power, but only one can succeed, deciding the fate of his empire forever...

The mission of Prince Nefer,
Paperback, 642 pages
Published September 16th 2002 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1995)
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May 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book is a cross between an ancient Egyptian bodice-ripper and "The Return of the Jedi," with a little Marquis de Sade thrown in for good measure. I had read the first two books in the series, "River God" and "The Seventh Scroll," and had found them interesting enough to carry on to the third, but as far as I am concerned Smith went completely off the track with this one.

Taita, the eunuch slave, was an enormously talented MAN in the first book. He used his knowledge in the service of his bel
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Well, damn...All of you guys are saying you read the first two books, and that this one was horrible, basically. But i haven't read the other two book, this is my first time reading a book by Wilbur Smith, and i LOVED it. As far as I'm concerned, this was a well-written thought out book, couldn't have been better.
I realize you might not agree with me, and in order to see where you guys are coming from, I'll go read his other books.
Allie Cross
Jan 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
My God, this is hilariously bad writing. How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.

Obi wan Taita is so ridiculously overpowered I never felt like the "Good Guys" could fail. Yes, he did do the "These are not the droids you're looking for" scene. He also managed to call up a sandstorm, fake someone's death, and communicate telepathically. Since he can also control people as well, I view the whole story as his fucking about with the world for a sense of amusement. It certainly explains away a lo
If my memory serves me right, this return to ancient Egypt is rather a let down after the adventure of The Seventh Scroll. We shall see...

Later: yes, Taita is just too capable to bear. Solid 3* adventuring though, and so onto the 4th book

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May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
The third in a series of books about ancient Egypt, WARLOCK returns to Taita, an eunuch slave who has served several pharaohs. Readers who met Taita in the first books of this series will love being able to read about him again in his latest mission. After getting a vision from the deceased Lostris, the queen Taita faithfully served and loved, he returns from his solitary life in the desert to help her grandson, Nefer Seti. Taita protects Nefer as he is thrust into a dangerous position at the yo ...more
Charmaine Lloyd
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love Wilbur Smith. He manages to write a book that espouses adventure, history, friendship and romance all at once.

The central character Taita; though a eunuch, is a dashing “romantic” lead with his on-going love for Queen Lostris. In this world and time, it is refreshing to read of love beyond the physical.

The story of ancient Egypt unfolds colourfully and the other lead characters are so relatable in their contrasts - Light and dark, love and hate, arrogance and compassion and the characte
Alex Telander
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
There is a new magician to be added to the pantheon where the likes of Merlin and Gandalf reside: his name is Taita, a former eunuch slave, who is now the mighty and much-feared warlock of ancient Egypt.

Wilbur Smith, bestselling author from South Africa, brings us his compelling sequel to River God, a novel of Egypt’s past, where a pharaoh and her eunuch slave evaded capture to fight against an evil conspiracy. The premise originally arose from a papyrus scroll that was brought to Smith, where t
Mar 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
I really enjoyed the first book, 'River God'...couldn't put it down, and and was excited to read the next book which I think is 'Warlock' (which I can tell you in hindsight you should skip fact you can go straight to what I think is book three).

Warlock is the sequel to River God that details the later life of Taita 60 years on from the death of Lostris - Taita drops all scientific ways and becomes more supernatural. Don't get me wrong...I'm all over the supernatural, but Taita in this boo
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I wish this could be made into a movie!!!
Rithun Regi
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warlocks have held great sway in ancient civilizations and this book shows why. The show of miracle and authority as displayed by a slave turned magus Taita is simply astounding. In the first installation of this book, Taita is seen as an underwhelming character and he has transformed into a legend who invokes awe and respect among the ancient kingdoms of lower and upper Eygpt. As the story plot turns, Taita is known to be more than 200 years old and is a master adept at magic. The two warring k ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No wonder Wilbur Smith was my mother's favorite writer, he is just awesome! Once you start reading any of his books, you can't put it down. And that is what happened to me with this book.
I read the two previous books of this saga long ago, and because one of my nephew gave me as a present, wonderful present!, the last book fo the saga, I decided to read it all over again. The funny thing is, I couldn't find the first book. Bookstores that sells new books didn't have all his books, since he is no
Christina Maxfield
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Third installment of the ancient Egyptian series by this author. I really liked this book. Mr. Smith writes with the depth and attention to detail that I think other authors should take into consideration. The continuing tale of the warlock Taita and his life through yet another Egyptian dynasty is just as attention holding as the first book "River God". Didn't want it to end but there is more out there to read.
Pat Anderson
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As usual, Smith makes you feel as if you are right there along with the characters. I've read some reviews saying that he strays too much into the supernatural but he has done this before - the Umlimo in the Ballantyne books, for example. I have read this book three times now and still found it a page-turner every time. Taita has developed as a character in this book; he is still as wise as ever but has added magic to his repertoire. Ignore the sneerers; this is a great adventure story.
Lizzy B
Feb 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Once again, Wilber Smith shows great skill and craftman ship in tying together storyline with historical context and human inter-relations. Seemless! A long read but well worth it. The tension is raised in all the right places and the characters come alive. You are drawn into this ancient way of life and so colourful is Smiths writing that you can't help but get emotionally involved! Stunning!
Natasha Venter van niekerk

Absolutely brilliant. Smith at his best.
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it, everything he writes mesmerizes me!
Art Tirrell
Oct 04, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers who love adventure and romance
Shelves: alltimefavorites

I've read Wilbur Smith's novels, "River God" and "The Seventh Scroll", and although I thought both went on too long and tried to do too much, I loved them for their originality and the excellent drawing of the principal character and narrator, the eunuch Taita.

In Warlock, as in the two "Taita" novels mentioned above, Smith again tries to bite off a smidge too much scope but where the earlier stories were so strong I found myself able to overlook this flaw
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful mystical adventure set in Ancient Egypt. This is one series of which I will be sad to reach the end. The wonderful Taita makes this book. Without him, it probably would not be as interesting. He has grown as a person until becoming one who lives in the spiritual dimension as well as the physical, as humans were meant to do according to Ancient Egyptian philosophy. So sad that many of us have lost this in so-called "modern" times. But there is some hope that it is being "discover ...more
Neil Hanson
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I almost didn't read this book. I loved River God, but this one got disappointing reviews from others who loved River God. I will say that while I don't think it was nearly as good as River God, it's still a very good story, and well worth the time reading it.

I liked the first person voice of Taita better in River God, but using this narrative form allowed the author to more easily be telling several different lines of narration at the same time, which was perfect for this story.

It got a bit slo
Elishua Loh
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reread because I simply don't remember most of the story. I would strongly advise people to read this serial now in reverse order so that you can still enjoy this book without comparing this with the first or second book.
This book is like the second season of Spartacus, more blood, more gore, more sex and with another guy playing Spartacus. I watched the first season and fell in love with the first Spartacus and was most grieved when I realised towards the end of season one that the actor died.
Aug 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Took me 2 years to get through this book.
It was slow to start. Rather dull. Then when things finally got a bit exciting, it took a turn for the worse. Disturbing to read how one sister kills another by stabbing a knife into her private parts.
Sure, things like that may have happened at one time or another, by some sick individual, but it is uncomfortable to read it. And seemingly perverse to write it.
Not a book I felt comfortable keeping, donating, or selling to anyone else. I destroyed my copy.
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
This was a truly enjoyable novel, and despite the elements of magic in it, this book still felt real, as far as descriptions of clothing, food, surroundings, etc went in this time and place of the ancient world. The author really managed to illustrate various settings, from the harsh clime of the desert to the lavish living of the royal courts, as well as how people of various classes were treated. Although this is written well, I'm just glad I didn't live in such a time and place where my life ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All lovers of adventure and historical fiction

On 20 CDs and narrated by Stephen Thorne this book takes on a whole new life and made even better the second time around. Heroic, heart-rending,romantic, barbaric, magical - indeed, the stuff of legend.
Although the third book in the series built around Taita it is still a tale unto itself and I loved it!
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Rick Brindle
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm more a fan of Wilbur Smith's earlier novels, but this isn't bad, it is just that he has definitely done better. A rather drawn out, in need of editing down story from the ancient Egypt group of novels, this tells the story of life in Egypt after Lostris' death, and how Taita the slave saves the day. Would have been better if it was a bit shorter and more punchy.
Linda Johnson
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
an entirely different world -- for character experiences and geography
Benjamin Thomas
This book is the third book in Wilbur Smith's ancient Egyptian series although, chronologically, it is a direct follow-up to the first book, "River God" which ranks among my all time favorite historical novels. The second book of the series, "The Seventh Scroll" actually takes place in the present day and concerns some archeologists/anthroplogists that become embroiled in a mysterious adventure dealing with the events of the first novel. So now, here in the third novel, the author returns to the ...more
Will Hogarth
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
There is no getting away with the fact that Wilbur Smith is a great wordsmith and story teller, but this book fell short of the mark for me.

The characters are all well formed to a point where you cheer the heroes on and the plot is woven well to maintain pace, in what is a lengthy novel (over 500 pages) and at times the imagery conjured up by smith is second to none, but it still left me feeling underwhelmed.

For me smith at times seemed to go too far with areas of gratuitous and sexual violence
Maxi Shelton
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wilbur Smith is one of my favourite authors to listen to on audio book. He is not for the faint hearted or weak stomached. He doesn't hold back with any of the descriptions on anything, truly! He will take you on a journey thats full of riches to just basically disgusting. You can almost hear, see and smell each scene he describes, you want to reach out and touch the riches and shrink away from the filth. It's something we all need to experience, great listen/read!
Oct 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Ancient Egypt. Historical fiction. More fiction since the history of this time is short on detail, and the author filled in the blanks with great imagination. The character Taita, the warlock of the title, is one of my favorites from any story. This is second of a series that starts with "River God", and finishes with "The Quest". I love these books, and recommend them to anyone.
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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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