The Quest

Novels of Ancient Egypt (Volume 4)

Wilbur Smith

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Egypt has been struck by a series of terrible plagues, killing its crops and crippling its people.

Then the ultimate disaster befalls the kingdom: The Nile fails.

In desperation, the Pharaoh sends the warlock Taita, wise in the lore of the gods and a master of magic and the supernatural.

But not even he could have imagined what terrible enemy waits in ambush in those dark lands at the end of their world. Now it’s up to Taita to save Egypt—before the end of the world’s most glorious civilization draws near.






  • The Quest by Wilbur Smith--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Wilbur Smith's novel The Quest. New York Times bestselling author Wilbur Smith returns with the eagerly awaited next installment in 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 follow



Praise for The Quest

Praise for The Quest

“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

'Fans of blockbuster thriller writer Wilbur Smith will not be disappointed with The Quest'– Financial Times

'Smith writes with a fresh, crisp style... full of zest... The Quest is a hefty but gratifying read, long-awaited by his legion of admirers' – Daily Express

'No one does adventure quite like Smith and, true to form, his latest is a swirling torrent of unexplored depths and manliness in ancient Egypt' – Daily Mirror

'This eagerly awaited sequel to Smith's gripping Egyptian series continues in a truly magical tale' – Woman magazine

'The Quest is not a book for the easily queasy. After reading the scene about Bronze Age brain surgery, you'll never look at bamboo shish kebab skewers the same way again. It is a novel that is violent, fast moving and utterly engrossing' – Edmonton Journal

'It's the sort of book readers live for, the sort that sates, however  fleetingly, the primal need for story that so often these days doesn't get fed' – Vancouver Sun

‘For a light-hearted take by Monday Magazine, read the views of some famous mummies.’

“Fans of bestseller Smith’s ancient Egyptian series will welcome the fourth book in the saga, which picks up where Warlock left off. … Once again Smith deftly blends history, fantasy and mythology, but newcomers should be prepared for grisly deaths and mutilations.”— Publishers Weekly

“Smith’s Africa is bewitching. We see and hear elephants, lions, hippos, and wild, weird creatures. Lakes and plains stretch as far as the horizon. His descriptions of the landscape are so real it seems we should be able to find these places on the map. … Smith’s narrative is a page-turner. His characters are absorbing and believable. We fear for our heroes and cheer for them when they triumph in bloody battle. … When supernatural powers open up the ground before us, we teeter on the brink and can hardly stand to look over the edge… and yet, we must.”—The Salt Lake Tribune


Praise for Wilbur Smith

“Smith is a master.” —Publishers Weekly

“One of the world’s most popular adventure writers.” —The Washington Post Book World

“A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship.” —Tulsa World

“Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared.” —The Times (UK)      
"Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa.  The bodices of rip and the blood flows.  You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."--Stephen King

"Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."--The Washington Post Book World

“The world’s leading adventure writer.” —Daily Express (UK)

"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."--Sunday Times

“Smith is a captivating storyteller.” —The Orlando Sentinel

“No one does adventure quite like Smith.” —Daily Mirror (UK)

"A thundering good’ read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith’s books.” —The Irish Times

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Wilbur Smith

  • Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai, The Sound of Thunder, Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon. His other books include Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have sold over 120 million copies. Smith was born to a British family in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in Central Africa, and attended Rhodes University in South Africa. He has homes in Cape Town, London, Switzerland and Malta.
  • Wilbur Smith
    Wilbur Smith


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The Quest

Novels of Ancient Egypt

Wilbur Smith



St. Martin's Paperbacks