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The Quest

(Ancient Egypt #4)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  9,626 ratings  ·  410 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
Hardcover, 718 pages
Published April 6th 2007 by Macmillan (first published 2007)
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Jelle Rijntjes You can read this book without reading the first books in the series, but I liked the first book more. In this book you read some references to the fi…moreYou can read this book without reading the first books in the series, but I liked the first book more. In this book you read some references to the first books, but it's possible to skip them.(less)

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Shariful Sadaf
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
Short description of plot:
This was about an elderly man using his power, influence, and benefits to groom a child in preparation for when she was old enough to have sex. While i liked the Egypt series, this key element began to make me uneasy and increasingly troubled me throughout the book.

While this book becomes more blatant in a magic and fantastical genre, carried on from "Warlock" i didn't mind it. This could be seen as either a reality that directly happened after "Warlock" or a made up s
Richard Derus
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Publisher Says: 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 c
Charlotte Bird
Aug 06, 2011 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
Jul 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: history
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
Jul 20, 2008 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
Aug 28, 2009 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 on top o ...more
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
Pharoah sends for Taita, the only man who might be able to win through to the source of the Nile and discover the cause of all their woes.

Lots of man-root action, and way too Blavatsky-esque for comfortable reading. No wonder I couldn't recall the storyline here.

Re-read encounter drops this down to a 1*


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Aug 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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
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
Sean Wylie
May 09, 2012 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
Jul 17, 2013 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
Mar 08, 2016 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
Jan 15, 2012 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
Dec 29, 2011 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. ...more
Rita Chapman
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
The Quest goes from fantasy to being totally unbelievable.
Zaima Hamid Zoa
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Quest is the fourth book in the ancient Egyptian series.
And I have to say, I am disappointed at Smith. The first two books of this series- The River God and The Seventh Scroll were AMAZING! The third one, Warlock was okay for me. But the Quest was a very dull read for me.

The protagonist Taita was a slave during the first two books but in this one he became a Magus and a magician and whatnot. I found him very pretentious and at times wanted to hit him with the book.

It felt to me that the bo
Christina Maxfield
Jul 05, 2010 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
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I remember absolutely loving Wilbur Smith's Ancient Egypt Trilogy a few years back - so I was super excited to find the series had been expanded! That was until I actually read this. It wasn't total shite, but was sorely lacking in that Wilbur Smith Magic of the earlier page turners, that left me hungry for more.

What we have here could have been the most epic, action, adventure, dangerous and exciting story, but somehow fell short. I felt the dialogue was sometimes quite atrociously cliched, th
Marie Christine
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, lots of adventure, battles, mysteries and phantasy... in short, lots of fun.
Eratta Sibetta
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Beautifully written and by that I mean that Wilbur Smith seemed to have the right words to articulate this wonderful story of Egypt. Really, every word was cleverly transcribed and as a writer, I was reading this novel to understand and appreciate just how difficult it is sometimes to write effortlessly. Unfortunately, some passages were a bit hard going for me and I got lost in the narration. You’ll see what I mean when you read this story.

It’s a story centred on magic and mystery and the secr
Oct 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Oct 10, 2015 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
Greer Andjanetta
Sep 01, 2014 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
María Ciancio
Apr 01, 2014 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
Sep 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical, fiction, 2008
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Camille Siddartha
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I cried when tiata turned into his young self and was able to be with his love fenn...who was a queen of egypt...It is sad because of my situation...I came here thinking I would be with my love and it turns out she was stuck in a time dilation...which means our ages are not even close...
the good thing is that if I am certain...we will be dead in a couple of years so I can leave this shit hole of a planet...

She might have the technology to change herself...if it was not stolen...

then again...

Kris Talbot
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love the whole series
Baron Rothschild
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
good read
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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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