One of the world's most acclaimed adventure writers returns to the world of ancient Egypt with the stunning sequel to the bestselling "River God". After the death of his beloved Queen Lostris, Taita retreats into the deserts to transform himself into a warlock. He discovers the divine purpose of his bereavement when he is called upon to save the ...
One of the world's most acclaimed adventure writers returns to the world of ancient Egypt with the stunning sequel to the bestselling "River God". After the death of his beloved Queen Lostris, Taita retreats into the deserts to transform himself into a warlock. He discovers the divine purpose of his bereavement when he is called upon to save the dynasty of Lostris from the clouds of evil.
I have read all Wilbur Smith's books - I really enjoyed his Egyptian series. He makes books and people come to life and there are many really exciting segments of his novels that make one literally bite one's nails! He is without a doubt the best author I have ever read!
Oct 3, 2007
Good, but certainly no River God
River God was the first WIlbur Smith novel I discovered and was ,without a doubt, the most poignant, engaging, and enjoyable novel I read this year. What made the novel so special was the first person narative ot the eunich Taita. Ancient Egypt viewed through his eyes, filtered through his own experience, humored by his great ego and tempered by his very human frailties. I so wanted that experience to continue with Warlock, and with such high expectations found myself disappointed. Smith elected to tell the sequel to Taita's story through third person narrative, thus broadening the story lines but losing the almost proasic quality of River God. The love story that spanned generations in the first novel, seems by comparision, a formulaic convention in this third novel. And the Taita of the first book, surviving and thriving by his wit and wisdom has now been elevated to full fledged Wizard. He is now Obi-Wan, and Gandalf rolled into one. There is no fear for his survival, he's too powerful and mystic a figure. The human frailty that made his story such a timeless human drama is lost in this third installment. Read it for the action, and the escape into the ancient past, but don't expect Taita to reach out to you accross the millenia.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-04-09 Lengthy but seamlessly composed, this epic historical drama by veteran author Smith (The Eye of the Tiger, etc.) tracks a power struggle in ancient Egypt between false pharaohs and a true royal heir, evoking the cruel glories and terrible torments of the era. The kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt have been at war for 60 years. Upper Egypt is ruled by Tamose, Lower Egypt by Apepi, king of the Hyksos. Treachery and assassination eliminate both rulers, allowing two false pharaohs to unite in an orgy of tyranny and oppression. Tamose's son, Prince Nefer, is his father's rightful heir, but the false pharaoh, Lord Naja, denies Nefer's birthright and plots to kill the young prince. Aided by the royal sorcerer, a warlock named Taita, Nefer escapes Naja's plots. Nefer and Taita outwit assassins, evil magicians, pursuing armies and even the treachery of Nefer's own sister, as they raise their own army in the lost desert city of Gallala. Taita's magic spells and occult powers protect, teach and guide Nefer on his tortuous path to regain the throne and save the woman he loves, Princess Mintaka, daughter of slain King Apepi. However, as Nefer's strength grows, so does that of his enemies, and it will take all of Nefer's courage and Taita's mystical powers to prevail when the chariot armies of evil sweep across the desert wasteland to the gates of Gallala. This is a very bloody and violent yarn, set in an age when merciless combat, torture, rape and sacrifice were common. Though timorous readers may wish to steer clear, those willing to brave the blood and gore will be carried away by the sweep and pace of Smith's tale. National advertising. (May 22) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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