The Quest: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Novels of Ancient Egypt)

By Wilbur Smith

A lovely, heart-pounding, trip into the misplaced global of the Pharaohs.

Wilbur Smith has earned overseas popularity of his bestselling River God, The 7th Scroll, and Warlock. Now, the unmatched grasp of experience returns with the eagerly awaited sequel to his exciting Egyptian sequence together with his most lovely tale but. The Quest maintains the tale of the Warlock, Taita, clever within the lore of the gods and a grasp of magic and the supernatural.

Egypt has been struck by way of a chain of bad plagues, killing its plants and crippling its humans. Then the final word catastrophe befalls the dominion. The Nile fails. The waters that nourish and maintain the land dry up.
Something catastrophic is happening within the far-off and completely unexplored depths of Africa, from the place the robust river springs. In desperation the Pharaoh sends Taita, the one guy who may be able to locate his approach in the course of the unsafe territory to the resource of the Nile and realize the reason for all their woes. yet now not even Taita could have any notion of what a bad enemy waits in ambush in these darkish lands on the finish in their world.

No different writer can conjure up the violence and secret of old Egypt like Wilbur Smith. The Quest marks his stirring go back to the acclaimed sequence and proves once more why lovers resembling Stephen King compliment him because the world's "best historic novelist."

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I am hoping that you just don't plan to stick up all evening over your stinking water-pots. i'll come to fetch you sooner than hour of darkness, for i cannot permit it. ’ Taita neglected the hazard and requested, ‘Does Shofar need to hand the potions I ready to regard the waters? ’ Meren laughed. ‘As he remarked, they stink worse than the purple waters. ’ He led Taita to the place the 4 pots bubbled and steamed. His helpers, who have been squatting round the fires, scrambled to their toes, thrust lengthy poles throughout the handles of the pots and lifted them off the flames. Taita waited for the water to chill sufficiently, then went alongside the row of pots including his potions to them. Shofar stirred each with a wood paddle. As he was once approximately to regard the ultimate pot Taita paused. ‘The reward of Fenn,’ he murmured, and untied the knot within the hem of his tunic. He poured the lime into the final pot. For solid degree he made a go with the golden Periapt of Lostris over the combination, and intoned a notice of strength: ‘Ncube! ’ The 4 helpers exchanged an awed look. ‘Leave the pots to chill until eventually morning,’ Taita ordered, ‘and visit your relaxation. you may have performed good. I thanks. ’ The minute Taita stretched out on his napping mat he fell right into a deathlike shut eye, untroubled via goals or perhaps Meren’s snores. At sunrise after they woke up Shofar was once on the door with a big grin on his face. ‘Come quickly, effective Magus. we have now anything in your convenience. ’ They moved quickly to the pots beside the chilly ashes of final night’s fires. Habari and the opposite captains stood to awareness on the head in their soldiers, all drawn up in evaluation order. They beat their sword scabbards opposed to their shields and cheered as if Taita have been a effective basic taking ownership of the battleground. ‘Quiet! ’ Taita groused. ‘You will break up my cranium. ’ yet they cheered him the entire louder. the 1st 3 pots have been full of a nauseating black stew, however the water within the fourth was once transparent. He scooped out a handful and tasted it gingerly. It used to be no longer candy, yet redolent with the earthy flavour that had sustained all of them considering youth: the established flavor of Nile dust. From then on, at every one in a single day camp, they boiled and limed the pots of river water, and within the mornings, ahead of they set out, they stuffed the waterskins. now not weakened via thirst, the horses recovered and the speed of the march quickened. 9 days later they reached Assoun. forward lay the 1st of the six nice cataracts. They have been bold stumbling blocks for boats, yet horses may perhaps take the caravan street around them. within the city of Assoun, Meren rested the horses and males for 3 days, and replenished their grain baggage on the royal granary. He allowed the soldiers to toughen themselves opposed to the rigours of the subsequent lengthy leg of the adventure by way of recourse to the joy-houses alongside the waterfront. aware of his new rank and accountability, he himself greeted the blandishments and bold-eyed invites of the neighborhood beauties with feigned indifference. The pool lower than the 1st cataract had shrivelled to a puddle so Taita had no use of a boatman to row him to the tiny rock island on which stood the good temple of Isis.

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