The Quest: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Novels of Ancient Egypt)
A stunning, heart-pounding, journey into the lost world of the Pharaohs.
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 crippling its people. Then the ultimate disaster befalls the kingdom. The Nile fails. The waters that nourish and sustain the land dry up.
Something catastrophic is taking place in the distant and totally unexplored depths of Africa, from where the mighty river springs. In desperation the Pharaoh sends Taita, the only man who might be able to find his way through the hazardous territory to the source of the Nile and discover the cause of all their woes. But not even Taita can have any idea of what a terrible enemy waits in ambush in those dark lands at the end of their world.
No other author can conjure up the violence and mystery of Ancient Egypt like Wilbur Smith. The Quest marks his stirring return to the acclaimed series and proves once again why fans such as Stephen King praise him as the world's "best historical novelist."
guide, ‘but I shall return to fetch you after you have dined. The doctor is waiting for you with her other guests. Please enter. She is expecting you.’ They entered a large and artistically furnished room, lit by tiny glass lamps floating in toy ships on an ornamental pool in the centre. Splendid floral displays hung in baskets from the walls or grew in ceramic and earthenware pots arranged on the mosaic floor. Hannah came across the room to them. She took them each by a hand and led them to
happening in here?’ she asked. Her manner was relaxed and friendly, in contrast to her formerly serious and professional mien. Taita’s voice was muffled by her finger. ‘I can feel something growing. There are hard lumps below the surface of my gums, which are tender when you touch them.’ ‘Teething pains.’ Rei chuckled. ‘You are passing through your second infancy, my lord Taita.’ She ran her finger to the back of his mouth, and laughed again. ‘Yes, a full set, including your wisdom teeth. They
himself and looked steadily into her eyes: ‘The Lie will always persist, but so will the Truth. There will never be an end to the struggle,’ he replied. She closed her eyes and spoke no more. Only her breathing rumbled in her throat. Taita found his cloak, then slipped through the green chamber into the passage that led to the outer air. As he came out into her secret garden, the sunlight was striking the top of the cliff but it left the depths of the crater in shadow. He looked around
through the water. Tiny silver bubbles streamed from her nostrils. ‘I am close, darling Taita. Soon we will be together. Very soon.’ Before he could reply a voice and a rough touch shattered the vision. He tried to cling to the rapture, but it was torn from him. He opened his eyes and sat up. Beside him squatted Nakonto. ‘We have found the horses and the Luo jackals,’ he said. ‘Now comes the killing time.’ They waited until nightfall before they left the concealment of the papyrus and
secret places, and caused them to triumph over us, just as she has now brought you to attack us.’ Then Fenn spoke for the first time. Her voice was filled with bitter anger. ‘What does she say?’ Taita asked. ‘She says that the woman lies. She has done none of those things. She does not know how to make witchcraft. She loved the woman who was her mother, and she did not kill her.’ The old woman replied to this with equal venom, and then the two were screeching at each other. For a while Taita