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By Wilbur Smith

A beautiful, 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 together with his most lovely tale but. The Quest keeps 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 means of a sequence of bad plagues, killing its plants 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 happening within the far away and completely unexplored depths of Africa, from the place the powerful river springs. In desperation the Pharaoh sends Taita, the one guy who may be able to locate his means during the damaging territory to the resource of the Nile and detect the reason for all their woes. yet now not even Taita may have any thought of what a negative 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 fanatics corresponding to Stephen King compliment him because the world's "best old novelist."

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Meren has lengthy held a similar view,’ Taita remarked drily. Now the trail underneath their ft was once paved they usually it to the gateway within the outer wall of the temple. the large teak gates stood open. ‘Go via! ’ Ganga steered. ‘You are anticipated by means of the apsaras. ’ ‘Apsaras? ’ Meren requested. ‘The temple maidens,’ Ganga defined. They went during the gateway, after which even Taita blinked with shock, for they discovered themselves in a marvellous backyard. the graceful eco-friendly lawns have been studded with clumps of flowering shrubs and fruit bushes, a lot of that have been already in complete bearing, the plump culmination ripening lusciously. Even Taita, who used to be a discovered herbalist and horticulturist, didn't realize the various unique species. The flower-beds have been a splendour of astounding shades. close to the gateway 3 younger ladies have been seated at the garden. once they observed the visitors they sprang up and ran flippantly to fulfill them. giggling and dancing with pleasure, they kissed and embraced either Taita and Meren. the 1st apsara was once slender, golden-haired and beautiful. She, too, seemed girlish, for her creamy epidermis was once unblemished. ‘Hail and good met! i'm Astrata,’ she acknowledged. the second one apsara had darkish hair and slanted eyes. Her pores and skin was once as translucent as beeswax and polished, like ivory carved by means of a grasp craftsman. She used to be really good within the complete bloom of womanhood. ‘I am Wu Lu,’ she stated, stroking Meren’s muscled arm admiringly, ‘and you're appealing. ’ ‘I am Tansid,’ acknowledged the 3rd apsara, who used to be tall and statuesque. Her eyes have been a startling turquoise eco-friendly, her hair was once flaming auburn, and her tooth have been white and ideal. while she kissed Taita her breath was once as perfumed as any of the plant life within the backyard. ‘You are welcome,’ Tansid instructed him. ‘We have been expecting you. Kashyap and Samana instructed us you have been coming. They despatched us to satisfy you. You convey us pleasure. ’ With one arm around Wu Lu, Meren regarded again on the gateway. ‘Where has Ganga long past? ’ he requested. ‘Ganga by no means was,’ Taita informed him. ‘He is a woodland sprite, and now that his activity has been accomplished he has long past again into the opposite global. ’ Meren accredited this. Having lived goodbye with the Magus, he was once now not shocked via even the main weird and wonderful and magical phenomena. The apsaras took them into the temple. After the intense scorching sun of the backyard the excessive halls have been cool and dim, the air scented by means of the incense-burners that stood ahead of golden photos of the goddess Saraswati. clergymen and priestesses in flowing saffron gowns worshipped sooner than them, whereas extra apsaras flitted during the shadows like butterflies. a few got here to kiss and hug the strangers. They stroked Meren’s fingers and chest, and fondled Taita’s silver beard. ultimately Wu Lu, Tansid and Astrata took the 2 through the hand and led them down a protracted gallery, into the residing quarters of the temple. within the refectory the ladies served them bowls of stewed greens and cups of candy crimson wine. that they had been on meagre rations for therefore lengthy that even Taita ate hungrily. after they have been replete, Tansid took Taita to the chamber that were put aside for him.

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