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

By Wilbur Smith

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

Wilbur Smith has earned overseas approval for his bestselling River God, The 7th Scroll, and Warlock. Now, the unequalled grasp of event returns with the eagerly awaited sequel to his exciting Egyptian sequence along with his most fabulous 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 via a chain of poor plagues, killing its vegetation and crippling its humans. Then the last word catastrophe befalls the dominion. The Nile fails. The waters that nourish and maintain the land dry up.
Something catastrophic is occurring within the far away and completely unexplored depths of Africa, from the place the strong river springs. In desperation the Pharaoh sends Taita, the one guy who may be able to locate his means during the unsafe territory to the resource of the Nile and become aware of the reason for all their woes. yet now not even Taita may have any concept of what a poor 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 historical Egypt like Wilbur Smith. The Quest marks his stirring go back to the acclaimed sequence and proves once more why fanatics similar to Stephen King compliment him because the world's "best old novelist."

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This is why he summoned you so urgently. He may have come to you if his physique have been capable of hold him that a ways. in the course of the carnal trade you witnessed, the final nice sacrifice he made to the reality, Kashyap handed a message to me to bring to you. sooner than I accomplish that he required me to check your religion. inform me, Taita of Gallala, what's your creed? ’ Taita notion for it slow, after which he responded: ‘I think that the universe is the battleground of 2 powerful hosts. the 1st of those is the host of the gods of the reality. the second one is the host of the demons of the Lie. ’ ‘What position do we feeble mortals play during this cataclysmic fight? ’ Samana requested. ‘We can dedicate ourselves to the reality, or permit ourselves to be swallowed by means of the Lie. ’ ‘If we decide the right-hand course of the reality, how could we withstand the darkish energy of the Lie? ’ ‘By mountain climbing the everlasting Mountain till we will see truly the face of the reality. when we have completed that we'll be assimilated into the ranks of the Benevolent Immortals, who're the soldiers for the reality. ’ ‘Is this the future of all males? ’ ‘Nay! in simple terms only a few, the main worthwhile, will in achieving that rank. ’ ‘At the top of time will the reality conquer the Lie? ’ ‘Nay! The Lie will persist, yet so will the reality. The conflict rages from side to side however it is everlasting. ’ ‘Is the reality now not God? ’ ‘Call him Ra or Ahura Maasda, Vishnu or Zeus, Woden or no matter what identify jewelry holiest on your ears, God is God, the single and on my own. ’ Taita had made his confession of religion. ‘I see out of your air of secrecy that there's no vestige of the Lie in what you affirm,’ Samana acknowledged quietly, and she or he knelt sooner than him. ‘The spirit soul of Kashyap inside of me is happy that you're certainly of the reality. there isn't any payment and obstacle to our firm. Now we may perhaps continue. ’ ‘Explain to me what's our “enterprise”, Samana. ’ ‘In those dire instances, the Lie is once again within the ascendancy. a brand new and menacing strength has arisen that threatens all of mankind, yet in particular your very Egypt. the explanation you've been summoned here's to be armed to your fight in contrast negative factor. i'm going to open your internal Eye so you may even see in actual fact the trail you want to stick to. ’ Samana stood up and embraced him. Then she went on, ‘There is little time to spare. we are going to start at the morrow. yet prior to that i need to pick out a helper. ’ ‘Who is there to choose between? ’ Taita requested. ‘Your apsara, Tansid, has assisted me earlier than. She understands what's required. ’ ‘Then select her,’ Taita agreed. Samana nodded and held out a hand to Tansid. the 2 girls embraced, then regarded back to Taita. ‘You needs to select your individual helper,’ Samana acknowledged. ‘Tell me what's required of him. ’ ‘He should have the power to face enterprise, and compassion for you. you want to have belief in him. ’ Taita didn't hesitate. ‘Meren! ’ ‘Of course,’ Samana acceded. At sunrise the 4 ascended the foothills of the mountains, taking the trail throughout the jungle and mountain climbing till they reached the bamboo wooded area. Samana tested the various swaying yellow bamboos earlier than she chosen a mature department, then had Meren reduce out a supple section.

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