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Warlock

By Wilbur Smith

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Format: Paperback, 735 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 February 2008
Wilbur Smith, one of the world's most acclaimed adventure writers, returns to the world of ancient Egypt with Warlock, the stunning sequel to the New York Times bestselling River God. In the wake of a sixty-year war over the reign of the kingdoms of Egypt, two young pharaohs have risen to claim power, but only one can succeed, deciding the fate of his empire forever...The mission of Prince Nefer, rightful heir to the throne, is to rebuild a magnificent kingdom in the stark and tumbled ruins of the embattled city of Gallala. The desire of Lord Naja is to destroy his rival and rule the land with unholy supremacy. But Nefer has on his side the warlock Taita, a matchless ally and legendary priest of notorious powers...To see their dream come true, Nefer and Taita must stay one step ahead of the depraved assassin, survive the tortuous shadow of her ever-pursuing armies, and outwit the shocking betrayals of is own flesh and blood. As Nefer's courage increases, and as Taita's magic grows more beguiling, so grows stronger the power of their tireless enemies....Now, with the threat of tyranny and blood thundering closer and closer toward the vulnerable gates of Gallala, the ultimate battle for Egypt will begin...This edition of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market paperback.

About the Author

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.

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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 -'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 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" 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"" ""'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" ""Praise for "Warlock"'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"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" "Action is Wilbur Smith's game, and he is a master."--"The Washington Post Book World" "Fascinating...[a] magical sequel to "River God"."--"Tulsa World" "Brilliant...irresistible and impossible to put down."--"Times Record News "(Wichita Falls, TX)

EAN: 9780312945992
ISBN: 031294599X
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Dimensions: 19.3 x 10.67 x 3.05 centimetres (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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In 'River God' Wilbur Smith created magic, intrigue and character with Taita - the slave, eunuch, Pharoah's confidant, artist, architect and bombast. Readers could not get enough of him, and salivated at the prospect of his return, finding glimpses of him in 'The Seventh Scroll'.'
In Warlock, Taita returns : ancient, arcane and mystic from his hidden desert cave, where he'd been communing with his beloved mistress Lostris-she's now a Goddess in the pantheon and his protector. She wants him to return to action and save her grandson, Nefer Memnon-the boy pharoah from the turmoil and intrigue that will arise with the assassination of her son and present pharoah Tamose.

It's open season for the slaying of gods as both Tamose and Apepi, the Hyksos pharoah are brutally murdered by rivals who plot to rule both the upper and lower kingdom and rule the world. From this turmoil, Taita extricates Nefer and Mintaka-Apepi's daughter and smoothens their ongoing romance, even as they rebuild their lost kingdoms in the deserted city of Gallala.

In the midst of the battles and the political intrigue, Taita's formidable new weapons of magic and his shadowy presence overlook all the principal characters: he is 'the magus'- the warlock and adversary to his enemies, and 'Tata'- the father figure to his friends.

The 'River God'is by far, the best book that Wilbur Smith has written and you can see him trying hard to replicate his success by building on the character of Taita. But without Tanus and Lostris-Taita's god and goddess, he struggles to find inspiration. Or, did Wilbur Smith make the fatal mistake of forgetting that we liked Taita when he told us his story in a first person narrative, so that we could laugh and cry with his charms and foibles

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