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The Quest [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Wilbur Smith
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5 Oct 2007

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 ultimate disaster follows. 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 Pharaoh 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. None of them can have any idea of what a terrible enemy lies in ambush for The Warlock in those mysterious lands at the end of their world.



Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 1st Edition 4th Printing edition (5 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405005815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405005814
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds, and has since written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.
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"Best historical novelist: I say Wilbur Smith."--Stephen King"Smith brings to life...the world of Egypt so much so you can almost feel the heat and taste the dust as the narrative builds to cracking pace."--"Irish News"

About the Author

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of WHEN THE LION FEEDS, and has since written over thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars He's missed his fans by a mile. 15 July 2007
Format:Hardcover
I would say that the quest is not a bad book, but it is so far removed from the others as to almost alienate large sections of his fanbase. I have read all of Wilbur's books and this one stands alone as a fantasy novel rather than the well researched historical adventures that i am used to.

If you are into fantasy then the book is quite a good read; Smith describes fantasic and colourful scenery and characters.

The problem is that almost all of Smith's fans aren't. If you are used to the realism of his great books like When the Lion Feeds and Birds of Prey then you will barely believe what you are hearing. To an average Smith fan, the plot is outlandish and at times laughable. It's sad to see that so many people hate this book, because it really isn't all that bad, but Taita is one of Smith's most loved characters, and perhaps his first dive into fantasy shouldn't have used him as the Guinea Pig.

There are also quite a few consistancy problems with the earlier novels in the series which serve to annoy long term fans. (When did Wilbur decide that Lostris' baby name was Fenn?!)

Wilbur Smith has set a very high standard for his novels, and this one does indeed fall short of it, however i get the feeling that if this was his first book there would be lots of fantasy fans giving it four stars rather than the miserable ones and twos it's getting. He's done a very brave thing jumping into the genre of fantasy, but it looks like it's not going to pay off for him unfortunatly.

Also it's really, really, really long! It could be a series in itself - Perhaps that would have worked better; a fantasy series about the fight against the lie...

Nice try Wilbur, but lets have a good old African adventure in 2009 before you put all your fans off for good. I'd like to see what happpens to the Courney family after Blue Horizon!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pure Fantasy and Disappointment 8 July 2007
By BeeJay
Format:Hardcover
Being an avid reader of Wilbur Smith I was looking forward to this sequel to the Egyptian Series but after a couple of chapters I wondered if I had bought the same author? So much unbelievable fantasy, rubbish and 'miracles' to flesh out a basic storyline are not worthy of this great writer. I usually keep all my Wilbur Smith books for a second reading later, but this one goes straight to the bring & buy stall. Let's get back to at least 'almost believable' for the next book please!
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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic title for a pathetic novel 21 April 2007
Format:Hardcover
First let me say this, I am a huge Wilbur Smith fan and have read almost all his work and especially enjoyed the Egyptian novels.

However this book feels more like a cheap imitation of one of his than the real thing. If I hadn't read his previous work I would have thrown it down in disgust as fantastical rubbish.

I have nothing against fantasy novels and enjoy reading them, but this takes it too far. We are supposed to believe that Taita and other 'long livers' have been around for thousands of years? And as for the childish nonsense about 'the truth' and 'the lie'- well, it would be funny if it wasn't contained in what is supposed to be an adult novel.

I finished reading it only on the authors reputation and the one redeeming feature - his wonderful description of events and setting. But as for the events themselves? Maybe Smith should stick to what he does best, writing entertaining but generally historically accurate books. Magic was present in his previous books I know, but for me in 'The Quest' magic seems to be more common than reality, and without reality Smith has created a childish and unbelivable work of fiction.

If this book had been realised by a new author it would have been panned by everyone who read it - it only gets good reviews on Smith's reputation and as far as I'm concerned didn't deserve to be published. Maybe I'm being a little harsh, it's not the worst book I've ever read, but it is so far below the standard I expect from this quality author that I can't stand to see it get such a mixed reception.

Don't buy this book, stick to his earlier work. But if you really want to read it wait until it comes out in paperback! Don't waste your money like I did.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Taita I've known. 9 April 2007
Format:Hardcover
As an avid Wilbur Smith fan who has held River God as my most loved book for years, I looked forward to The Quest from the moment it was announced a new Taita novel was on its way.

However now that Ive managed to read it I find myself incredibly disappointed with the huge differences between Smith's usual style and this.

No longer our slightly vain, not so modest early Taita or even the enigmatic older Magus Taita. We now have a young, all powerful warrior Taita in a story involving outlandish magics, modern day genetic manipulation, long dead characters resurrected with noticable differences, and extended 'sex battles'.

Not only does Taita gain immense magical power and manage to regrow his entire genitals and the virginity that cost him the loss of them in River God but also discovers the reincarnation of his decades dead love, Lostris (who has mysteriously become a blonde), who also has immense magical power and conveniently falls in love.

No sign of the flaws that made Taita into the wounded hero that so appealed originally. No sign of the undying love Lostris bore for Tanus her entire lifetime until her death. No sign of the rich storyline that I love so dearly about Smith's other novels or the well developed and thought out characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Got the book set and had read it many years ago but wanted to take the set on holiday so purchased for the kindle. Read more
Published 18 days ago by jayceys
4.0 out of 5 stars Last of the Egyptian novels
Slow start but well worth the wait. The ending also dragged on a bit but overall, a very good read,
would recommend.
Published 28 days ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Wilbur Smith
Best ever of Wilbur Smith! Loved reading his Egyptian series wish he writes more like this as it keeps transporting me to Ancient Egypt! Love all three books!
Published 1 month ago by Françoise Pascal
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Reading it at the moment like all Wilbur smith book brilliantly put together in a series of great stories a classic
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