The Quest (Ancient Egyptian Series #4)

The Quest (Ancient Egyptian Series #4)

by Wilbur Smith


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The fourth book in the epic Egyptian series

The fourth book in the epic Egyptian series 'She is omnivorous. No matter age or appearance, physical frailty or imperfection. It is not their flesh that feeds her appetites, but their souls. she devours the young and old, men and women. She leaves only a desiccated husk.' An unspeakable evil. An impossible gift. Renowned magus Taita is now over a hundred years old, and has ascended to a new level of wisdom and understanding about his world. But he must prepare himself for the greatest threat Egypt has ever faced: the great plagues and the fair of the Nile, brought about by the fire witch Eos, an ancient force of sheer evil. Taita must risk his soul to battle against Eos, or his homeland and everything he has ever loved will be lost forever. But there are other reasons for Taita to fight — since success could also mean rewards he could never have thought possible...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499861082
Publisher: Zaffre
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Series: Ancient Egyptian Series , #4
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 644
Sales rank: 84,709
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Wilbur Smith is a global phenomenon: a distinguished author with a large and established readership built up over fifty-five years of writing with sales of over 120 million novels worldwide. Born in Central Africa in 1933, Wilbur became a full-time writer in 1964 following the success of When the Lion Feeds, and has since published over thirty novels, including the Courtney series, the Ballantyne series, the Egyptian series, the Hector Cross series and many successful standalone novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books have now been translated into twenty-six languages. The establishment of the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation in 2015 cemented Wilbur's passion for empowering writers, promoting literacy and advancing adventure writing as a genre. The foundation's flagship programme is the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. For all the latest information on Wilbur visit or

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The Quest 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been Wilbur Smith's fan for the longest time and have always enjoyed his books,rushing to finish one book so that I can start another. Now The River God,The Seventh scroll and The Sunbird left me feeling that I had lived those lives,but this one is really just unlike his works.It was okay at the beginning until Lostris suddenly came back from the dead.He took all of Eos'incredibly omnipotent magical powers and he is sill suffering like mere mortal men.The witch is dead,he had suck her dry but she is still ???? It is just unbelievably boring towards the end and it has been torture reading the last few chapters.I guess Wilbur Smith is running out of stories.However I still believe he is one of the best storytellers of all time.This one is just not good enough
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Wilbur Smith's books for some time, but before Smith started writing I enjoyed H. Ryder Haggard . . . most of this book is a blatant imitation of parts of SHE, King Soloman's Mines and other Haggard Books. Don't bother to read it, get the original.
oldbumplumpy More than 1 year ago
The 4th and hopefully not the last in the series. There is more sexual content in this than in previous stories but it works well and is tastefully worked. This is the first time I have seen this author on the bookshelves in the USA. I have read most of his works when living in the UK. If he is new to you, get River God and you will be hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have been a fan for over 20 yrs.Don't know where he was going with this book.I have loved all of his works but this one is like someone else wrote it.( and not very well).Please come back, stay away from the wierd, out-of-this-world-trash and bring the real Wilbur Smith to life again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a Wilbur Smith fan. I have read almost every one of his books, and own about 90% of them, many of them signed 1st editions. His various African series were great, as were his 'stand alone' novels. His early Eyptian work was good. But his work of the last few years is disappointing. He has regressed and seems preoccupied with sexual adventures. I started The Quest twice and could never get further than about 100 pages. Pure gibberish....a sad end to the work of what was once a fine novelist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a great fan of Mr. Smith but this is one book that I sarted but did not finish. Enough with the gods and demons already! Stick to what you do best: historical novels, please!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. It was a labor to get through. Filled with childish nonsense. Nothing like the excitement of the previous works. Mr. Smith you failed to entertain us with this work it was best unwritten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Had to throw the book away, could not bear to read it. Full of strange descriptions of sex
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love Mr. Smiths writing including the first book of Egypt and the immortal Taita BUT give me a break, just too much fantasy and Stepen King raves about Wilburs great writing of historical fiction. Yes Ok please Wilbur let's go back to Africa, Cheers, Michael
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just read it and enjoy, give yourself up to the mystical powers, the incredible abilities, including sexual...without telling yourself too many times that what Taita does isn't possible. I just wish they would include better maps to track his lengthy travels. What WILL he do next?
Guest More than 1 year ago
What happened to the Wilbur Smith we once knew and loved? I couldn't wait until his next historical novel of colonial Africa arrived each summer. In fact, 30 years ago I actually sold my car, emptied my savings account and flew to South Africa after reading his earlier works. I was a lifelong, diehard fan and still was until The Quest came out. Telepathy, witches, riding on the backs of hyenas, man eating toads?????? I truly didn't know whether to laugh, cry or vomit. Mr. Smith, what is worse? You wasting such a writing talent or me wasting my money and time reading such dreck? To other avid W. Smith fans- don't waste your time with this book! Save your money for the upcoming Harry Potter'll be guaranteed a better plot and far less fantasy in Rowlings' book than this sorry excuse for a novel.
cookiemo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of my book club books. I initially didn't like it at all as I felt it was too far fetched. Then I became quite involved in it and thoroughly enjoyed it. After all a book doesn't have to be real.
StigE on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Avoid. It is dull and unexciting. At no point in the book do you feel as if Taita is going to come in contact with a problem that is even remotely unfixable with a little magic after he has agonised long enough about it.
sdemler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By far the worst in the "Taita" egyptain series. A retread of previous books, I wonder if Smith has started to lose his touch. Usually we have multi-layered interwoven plots but not in this novel. Very disappointing.
napareader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful sequel in series about the eunuch Taita. Didn't know Egyptians researched stem cells.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wilbur Smith has the most unbelievable talent and writing skills of any author I have read, not only of the Middle East. Hard to put down, and surprising at every bend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have enjoyed all the Taita books but this one seemed more like a fantasy. Just started Desert God and it takes place way before The Quest, too bad Mr. Smith didn't save The Quest for the last book might have made a bit more sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plug your ears!!
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Marla3282 More than 1 year ago
I really wonder if someone else wrote this horrible book and used Wilbur Smith's name. It was truly awful from start to finish. River God is incredible, one of the best stories I have ever read. To think the same man wrote that and wrote this, I almost cannot believe it. Bringing Lostris back from the dead was ridiculous. Giving Taita his manhood back - by any means - ridiculous. The entire EOS storyline was ridiculous. I love Wilbur Smith's work and was terribly disappointed with The Quest. I read Warlock, which was not bad, but he should have stopped the story there. Before I read this book I wanted to read some of his other books, now I am not sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wilbur Smith's Egyptian series of novels is absolutely captivating. Once I start reading his book, I cannot put it down. His imagination and descriptive powers are rare and the pace of his story is engaging. One of the best authors I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining. Lots of action. But, the main character just couldn't make any mistakes, could he? Everything went his way. Nice read, though.
BabsKS More than 1 year ago
I could not maintain an interest in the story line. Some of Mr. Smith's earlier books on ancient Egypt were interesting to me, but this one seemed to much of a stretch in the characters and to much like "fairy tale" happenings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting and great visual detail. We expect no less from Smith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago