This was my first Wilbur Smith novel. I found it very interesting. I read mostly Historical Novels.
In fact most woman were given for wife in ancient times by the age of 12 or 14. Because life expectancy was tops 36years. The mythology and magic was fun and yes there was graphic ugliness, but also amazing beauty. I enjoyed this book very much. And hope to enjoy more like this
I picked this book up because my father LOVED Wilbur Smith, and this is one of the only books available on Audible that wasn't abridged. I know he very much enjoyed the earlier Egypt books, but I'm going to wait to read others' reviews on unabridged books before I decide whether or not my taste is in accord with my father's. This because I was less than enchanted with this particular book. My expectations were probably askew, I thought I was going to get historical fiction but this is, indeed fantasy. But it's not fantasy of the highest order, it drags too much-- I do get the feeling of a book in a series where perhaps the first one is riveting but then we march along midstream and the whole story just gets...tired. Some interesting elements, and perhaps if I'd read the other books first I'd find this one more compelling, but after this LONG experience I either have to question my father's taste, or wait for other readers to tell me it really is worthwhile to read other books in the cycle.
I have listened to audio fiction for about 20 years from the local library that had limited Wilbur Smith offerings. I got a gift card for a audio download of Warlock about two years ago. I did not know Quest followed Warlock, but the two are masterpieces for there storyline, attention to detail and adventure. The graphic vision of the dramas bite into the imagination. Good or bad to experience, I love the books, read the author's first book in the 60's, now a few years on from then, am still enjoying the experience.
Thank you Mr. Smith.
I have been a subscriber to Audible for several years and never felt compelled to write a review until now. I've read one of Smith's novels before and truly enjoyed it, but this book I found very disturbing if not criminal. The book is filled with pediphilic eroticism that is unnecessary and does nothing to enhance the story. A definite pass on this book.
didn't realize that this was another glimpse into wilbur smith's ancient egypt novels - awesome - i can't tell you the story but you will love the surprising rebirth!! awesome as always thank you mr smith!
The problem with having magic in a story is that it's tempting to use it when you have no other means to save the hero or advance the plot. But these same lifesaving spells could also have extricated the same hero from many a tight spot at other points in the story, but were not used. The carefully woven narrative of this story suffers a few of these wounds, but I still found it to be entertaining overall.
This is a fantasy, involving ancient Egypt, mysticism, mythology and paranormal events. I love this series. It is WSmith's masterpiece, in my opinion. I loved River God in which we are transported to ancient Egypt with Taita as our guide. Yes, Warlock could've been edited down, but hey, that why there's a fast forward button on your ipod ;) However, the Quest is rare and interesting indeed. Here WSmith overshadowed his other work by breaking free and going into the realm of the fantastic, synister and mysterious, even erotic. This series is a classic. It will be cherished by many of us who just love and can't get enough of ancient Egypt, well written fantasy and mystical ideas. Also Simon Vance, one of the greatest narrators of our time, transforms and enhances the story perfectly. SVance's silken voice transports us pleasantly thru time and performs each character beautifully. Thank you Wilbur Smith and Simon Vance for this audiobook classic.
I've read all three now, to myself and Quest by Audible. An outstanding historical trilogy that rings true to many historical facts and ethnographic writings. Want to be entertained while learning about ancient Egypt. Try These!