Rating: 3.5* of five The Publisher Says: Wilbur Smith has earned international acclaim for his bestselling River God, The Seventh Scroll, and Warlock. The Quest continues the story of the Warlock, Taita, wise in the lore of the gods and a master of magic and the supernatural. 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." My Review: Okay.
Frankly, the relationship between Taita and Fenn/Lostris is disturbing. Speaking of disturbing, Taita beating the evil goddess by essentially raping one woman and having an odd sex battle with another is beyond wrong, especially trying to justify it with 'well she did a lot of evil things, and she was bad'.
Moreover, sacrifices made in earlier books are undone and the main characters receive their every desire. Stories can, of course, end with the characters achieving their dreams and living "happily ever after," but in order to be dramatically satisfying, the characters always show evidence of personal growth and their dreams change as they mature.
OK, so I loved 'River God' and the 'Seventh scroll' and I also liked 'Warlock' which are the only reasons I got lured into buying this book.
Then it turned into an Edgar Rice Burroughs adventure trek up the Nile with lots 'o fightin' and huntin' and hacking of limbs- mostly from the bestial 'lesser races'. THEN we get to the weirdest part which turns into a rant against stem cell/genetic research or something.
Summer 2013 Egyptian Encounters: Cleopatra (1963) 3* The Mummy Curse 2* Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra 4* The Complete Valley of the Kings 1* Ancient Egypt by George Rawlinson 4* Tutankhamen: Life and death of a Pharoah 2* The Luxor Museum 3* Tutankhamen's Treasure 3* The Black Pharaoh 3* Nubian Twilight..../ complimentary reading! 4* River God 4* House of Eternity The Egyptian (1954) Agora (2009) CR Justine Death on the Nile (1978) 2* Nefer the Silent 5* The Seventh Scroll 5* The White Nile CR An Evil Spirit out of the West Nefertiti Resurrected 3* Warlock Queen Pharaoh - Hatshepsut TR: The Albert N'Yanza, Great Basin of the Nile and Explorations of the Nile Sources Verdi: Aïda - San Francisco Opera (starring Luciano Pavarotti) FULL: The libretto does not specify a precise time period, so it is difficult to place the opera more specifically than the Old Kingdom.
The book continues the story of Taita, a "long-liver" sage who sets off to solve and set right a series of plagues that are hitting the Nile Valley. Another major plot thread is the reincarnation of Taita's true love from the first book in the series. This is my 6th Wilbur Smith book and although he does put in quite a few erotic encounters I think this is his rawest novel so far of the ones I've read. There is a definite end but should the author wish to continue the series, there is room for it to keep going.
Leslie my biggest problem with this novel was the fact that the main love story between taita and fenn who is reincarnated from the queen from river God and now comes back completely in love with me. The great part about Taitas love story in River God was the fact that he loved her even though she was in love with someone else and he cared for both of them.
If you are looking for realistic historical fiction then this is not the book for you, however if you can look past the unbelievable this is a very enjoyable story, I however was disappointed, but I can't recommend Smith's other work highly enough if you are looking for incredible adventure stories give the Courtney novels a try they really do not disappoint.
His other books include Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird.