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She is omnivorous. No matter age or appearance, physical frailty or imperfection. It is not their flesh that feeds her appetites but their souls. She devours young and old, men and women. She leaves only a desiccated husk. 

An unspeakable evil. An impossible gift. 

Renowned magus Taita is now over 100 years old and has ascended to a new level of wisdom and understanding about his world. But he must prepare himself for the biggest threat Egypt has ever faced: the great plagues and the failure of the Nile, brought about by the fire witch Eos, an ancient force of sheer evil. 

Taita must risk his soul to battle against Eos, or his homeland and everything he has ever loved will be lost forever. But there are other reasons for Taita to fight - since success could also mean rewards he could never have thought possible.... 

The fourth book in the epic Egyptian series.

©2007 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Freddie
  • 19-02-19

Awful Narration

I regret buying/using a credit on the audible version of the quest.

Narrator poorly portrays the main character. In the previous books/audiobook he is confident and clever. The narrator makes the character voice sound weak and lacking the confidence that makes him THE warlock. It feels as though the narrator does not know the character at all, did not read the previous books and constantly use the same inflections on sentences.

He even says the main characters NAME completely different then all the other non audible audio books.

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  • Shana Kay McCoy
  • 23-10-19

Just Don't

River God was an excellent book and the author should've retired to a quiet life of bull fighting or oil drilling never to publish again because each consecutive book in the series gets worse and worse. The historical inaccuracies are so egregious and the plot holes so outlandish that reading becomes an act of masochism.

Do yourself a favor and don't listen to or read this abomination, especially if you have any glimmer of historical knowledge.

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  • Confucious
  • 10-01-21

A good book but it’s more fantasy than historical fiction.

I enjoyed the story although I wouldn’t call this historical fiction it’s more like a fantasy novel that takes place in ancient Egypt and the part of Africa that today we call Kenya. Data has to journey up the Nile all the way to what I’m assuming is modern-day Lake Victoria although it’s called something different back then where he hast to locate and defeat of witch that has dried up the Nile and sent some plagues onto the Egyptians.

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  • Daniel Morlan
  • 09-01-21

Wish I Could Say I Appreciated This.

I thoroughly enjoyed River God. I thought it was phenomenal. It had a few touches of historicity, and the mysticism was vague and ambiguous. My kind of literature. I then TOLERATED The seventh scroll. I salute it for its originality and cleverness, and I enjoyed it, still, though it was dragging me away from my most favored place and time in history. Warlock was an even bigger departure from the prior two. Not only was the historicity odious, and appalling, but it leapt from the realm of loose historical fiction and fun plot twists to full-blown, unabashed, wholly supernatural fantasy, and book four transgresses even worse. I am a few hours into this, and the HORRENDOUS lack of historicity makes me physically ill. Especially with the last two books, Wilbur Smith has made every effort to make EVERY SINGLE POSSIBLE THING an unnecessarily horrifying challenge. There is such a thing as doing too much, and he really, really, REALLY overdoes it here.

I can look past the dubious moral issues in the first book, and while I want to know how Taita pulls it all off, the appalling lack of historicity and overt use of magic and wild supernatural fluff under an incessant barrage of unnecessary tension makes this something I refuse, absolutely refuse to finish. I did not enjoy the last book, either, and I am desperately hoping to get my credit back. I bought this book with hopes of redemption. I take these digressions personally and will skim over future Egyptian books from the library in the future. For me, audiobooks are things I like to revisit. This is NOT my cup of sherbet. If you love wild mysticism and graphic depictions of horrible violence, this book is for you. If you're looking for something with a bit of believability and historicity, stay as far away from this as you can. I went against my own better judgment buying this. I regret this tremendously.

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  • michael
  • 19-10-20

amazing

just as you think ... boring.... it whips up your imagination and flare your inquisitive aura

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  • Doug Smith
  • 01-09-20

Wilbur Smith and the Egypt series

I have just finished The Quest, book 5 and about to start the next audiobook in the series. I will be sad to have series end.

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  • JDD
  • 22-03-19

A great epic in a wonderful series

Since Wilbur Smith is one of my favorite authors, and his Egyptian books one of my favorite series, there should be little surprise that this epic I novel is likewise a favorite. Epic in both number of pages and geography, his descriptions of Egypt to Ethiopia are vivid and wonderful... I only wish the outcome of Aos might have been more prudish.

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  • Tracy Foster
  • 30-07-19

ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO READ!!

I bought this because I loved the story, I listened to the sample and I liked the narration. so what's the problem????
THE WHOLE STORY IS CONTAINED IN ONE CHAPTER!!!!.
its almost impossible to find where you left off if you forget to bookmark. Also means I cant set the sleep timer and fall asleep whilst listening, as is my night time routine.
I listen in my phone and the 26 hours are contained along a line about an inch and a half long so if I want to find, let's say . . . 1 hour and 45 minutes into the story, it is so difficult, almost impossible on my phone, I just wanted everyone to know. such a pity as I absolutely love the Egyptian Series by Wilbur.

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  • Mumblecrust
  • 01-08-19

I’ve listened to the whole series

I have listened to the whole series. I really enjoyed the first one so bought the rest. It was all downhill from there on. Each book more sexually explicit And more violent than the last in a rather sick way. It was like the author just wanted to think up more disgusting ways to torcher,kill, rape etc. Every description in detail and extreme.
I couldn’t understand the jumps in the passage of time that never seemed to fit the story. A story that was very predictable.
I’m really disappointed. I kept hoping it would get better it didn’t.
The narration was good but how on earth could anyone breath life into this constant barrage of superlatives. Poor man must have wanted to throw up reading some of it.
I’m off to find something more beautiful to do to make me feel better. Clean the cats litter tray will do fine.

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  • weardalelad
  • 14-04-20

quest i doubt far to drawn out

well, this is a story so far fetched, its too much.
reincarnation of weak storytelling

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  • mollymoon1
  • 04-09-19

Erotica Fantasy - in Ancient Egypt?

Not really sure what Mr Smith has done to this story, but I was compelled to get to the end of it. Somehow, the hero of the story is now capable of all sorts of magic. This story takes you further along the pharaoh family line but Tahiata (who is still alive, well and healthy) is able to perform all sorts of sorcery. It takes him through miraculous adventures even managing to grow a new appendage. All very peculiar. There are some good parts of the story, its not rubbish, but it feels as though Mr Smith has been watching (or reading) Game of Thrones and decided, "I want some of that". Very erotic and very fanciful. But hey ho, whatever floats your boat, I suppose.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-19

fascinating

Wilbur Smith at his best. I lost quite a lot of sleep because I couldn't turn it off.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-21

brilliant as always

Mark Meadows is and extremely ever narrator and completely dies Wilbur and Tiata proud 😁

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  • Marioncostadelsol
  • 18-03-21

Love, Lust and Liberty!!

A thrilling storyline, woven with every imaginable scenario and a few unimaginable ones too!
Intrigue, high drama, mysticism, horror, heights of love and depths of depravity, tenderness, bloodcurdling warring and sheer heroism!
Not for the fainthearted..!!

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  • Promis Christodoulou
  • 05-10-20

Wilbur Smith classic

If you love his stuff then this is a treat. I was gripped from start to finish, immersed in a make believe fantasy world for the week or so. I've read all the books in this series and having such a good narrator improved the experience.

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  • Marc Pipmister
  • 27-08-20

Great story and kept me riveted

Great story and the performance is admirable. maybe it is me but the overt sexual content lowers the overall narrative somewhat. more is less in this respect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-20

another spellbinding story.

Another thrillingly story of magic love and wonderment. Had trouble to stop listening to the whole story in one go.

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  • 28-10-20

Creepy...

Wilbur spends a lot of time sexualising underage girls in this book with frequent displays of predatory behaviour, even by the main character Taita. Doesn't add anything to the story and leaves the listener feeling gross. How did the publishers not pick up on this?!

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  • R Charlesworth
  • 01-04-19

Egypt

Starting with The River God this is a truly excellent series that I really struggle to switch off. All the books are tied together very well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-20

Great story, well narrated

Really enjoyed this one, the supernatural thread throughout the story was really engaging. I liked the way the story ended.