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, 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.
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.
(The Seventh Scroll) returns us to a land steeped in mystery and magic. Following the death of his queen and lover, Lostris, Taita, introduced in River God, seeks refuge as a hermit in the desert, where he studies magic. Now, over 200 years old, his extraordinary powers undiminished, Taita is the guardian and teacher of Nefer, the grandson of his beloved Lostris. When the Pharaoh is killed, 14-year-old Nefer must defeat his treacherous regent with the help of Taita to reclaim his throne and double crown. Smith's depiction of Egypt is well researched, vivid, and thoroughly believable. This most recent novel by a master storyteller is resplendent with all the power and pageantry of Egypt, the center of civilization of the ancient world. A major marketing campaign is planned. Recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/01.] Jane Baird, Anchorage Municipal Libs. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
"'This is a stirring tale, full of chariot battles...Smith has whipped up a heady brew...and undoubtedly deserves his immense popularity far more than most of his rivals.'" --Evening Standard"Smith brings to life every colorful detail in the world of Egypt so much so you can almost feel the heat and taste the dust as the narrative builds to cracking pace. ...[Warlock] is a ripping yarn and a classic adventure story." --Irish News"Seamlessly composed, this epic historical drama by veteran author Smith 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. Those willing to brave the blood and gore will be carried away by the sweep and pace of Smith's tale." --Publishers Weekly"Smith is an excellent storyteller, and the fast-moving action and the exciting plot will hook even those who normally don't appreciate historical fiction. ... Smith...returns to the genre with this epic action tale of intrigue, suspense, and adventure set in ancient Egypt. His many fans will be clamoring for copies of this one." --Booklist"This most recent novel by a master storyteller is resplendent with all the power and pageantry of Egypt, the center of civilization of the ancient world." --Library Journal"When it comes to historical fiction, Smith is without rival. He is a warlock of writers." --Tulsa World"Filled with enough action, adventure, battles, betrayals and actual cliffhangers to satisfy Indiana Jones, Wilbur Smith's new novel Warlock is a rousing and worthy sequel to River God." --The Plain Dealer"This summer's most entertaining read...another full-blown tale of war, intrigue, murder, lust, and true love set in ancient Egypt." --Flint Journal"Smith...returns to the genre with this epic action tale of intrigue, suspense, and adventure set in ancient Egypt. His many fans will be clamoring for copies of this one." --Booklist"Smith illuminates all the cruelty and magnificence of a time lost in history, and what is truly amazing is that he does it with apparent ease. He has produced a totally credible story in a period that is shrouded in mystery and brings it flawlessly to life. ... Each time I read a new Wilbur Smith I say it is the best book I have ever read--until the next one." --Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX)"Smith is at the top of his game in weaving exotic adventures in this work. Very highly recommended. ... This most recent novel by a master storyteller is resplendent with all the power and pageantry of Egypt, the center of civilization of the ancient world." --Library Journal"Epic struggle told in epic fashion. Expect more of his signature brand of pulse-pounding, 'Perils of Pauline'-style of adventure and excitement." --Tampa Tribune Times