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Warlock Paperback – Apr 6 2007

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: PAN Macmillan Adult; 1 edition (April 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033044994X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330449946
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wilbur Smith (a name synonymous with the massive blockbuster thriller) has recaptured the verve and impact of his earlier work in Warlock. This Egyptian epic thriller follows on from the equally accomplished and and re-establishes Smith at the top echelons of thriller writing. The customary continent-spanning canvas is here, with a key new element in an adroitly handled supernatural aspect that gives the sequence the feel of fantasy whilst still retaining the plausibility that was always Smith's strongest asset.

The reader is plunged into a vividly realised evocation of life in ancient Egypt but one presented with insights into the various characters that infuse a very contemporary feel. In the secluded deserts of North Africa, Taita has spent the years since the death of his adored Queen Lostris studying to become a Warlock, steeped in the arcane arts of the ancient Gods and a master practitioner of magic. Responding to an occult summons, Taita abandons the desert and returns to civilisation, only to find himself at the centre of a massive conflagration in which dark and sinister forces are undermining the throne of Egypt and attempting to destroy the young prince Nefer. Soon, his hard-won skills are tested to the limit.

As in the previous books in the sequence, Smith knows that a strong and passionate agenda on the part of his protagonists will allow the reader to identify with them, despite the gap of centuries. Here, it is family ties: Taita is defending the young prince who is the grandson of his lost Queen, and we are quickly engaged in a narrative that rarely flags over its considerable length. The action set pieces are as impressive as one would expect:

The instant he was within range the Cobra struck again, but Nefer caught the blow on the thick leather folds of the bag. The beast's fangs snagged in the leather and held fast. As Nefer swung back the snake was dragged with him. It was hauled cleanly out of the nest, a writhing, seething ball of coils and polished scales. It thrashed against Nefer's legs, the heavy tail lashing him, hissing fearsomely, clouds of venom spraying from its gaping jaws and dribbling down the leather bag. So great was its weight that Nefer's whole body was shaken violently.
--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
The third in a series of books about ancient Egypt, WARLOCK returns to Taita, an eunuch slave who has served several pharaohs. Readers who met Taita in the first books of this series will love being able to read about him again in his latest mission. After getting a vision from the deceased Lostris, the queen Taita faithfully served and loved, he returns from his solitary life in the desert to help her grandson, Nefer Seti. Taita protects Nefer as he is thrust into a dangerous position at the young age of fourteen. He aids Nefer in honing his natural warrior and intellectual abilities, all the while helping Nefer reclaim the throne from Naja, a traitor who killed pharaoh and assumed leadership of Egypt.
This book is exciting from the very beginning, opening with a scene of the Pharaoh�s fighting chariots racing towards battle. The plot keeps up its breakneck pace from there to the very end, filled with battles, tests of courage and endurance, as well as some magic and mystery. Wilbur Smith does a great job of adding extra twists to the story, which makes it all the more interesting. Smith�s vivid language also draws the reader in, though in some scenes the action described is nauseatingly gruesome. Though this book is thick, the pages fly by in no time at all. Those who enjoyed RIVER GOD and SEVENTH SCROLL will love Warlock.
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This book cetainly is a journey of exploration in teretory unknown. Wilbur Smith is one of the few authors that manages to avoid making 20th century western hang-ups into BC hang-ups, and that makes his story so much more believeble. In this book the attitudes towards life and death, violence, nobility, religion and clothes are probably a lot closer to ancient thinking than in other works. This is my first historical novel by W. Smith, but the others will be on my bookshelf soon.
Having said all this, I must admit that some of the historical accuracy, or rather lack of it, was somewhat jarring. If the story is set at about 1600 BC, (time of the expulsion of the Hyksos)there would not have been any falluca's, dhows, centurions, galeys and matrasses around. Nor would a Thebes based Pharaoh have called his son Seti (based on the Hyksos god Seth), even Pharaoh Seti I, who lived a lot later, changed his name towards the end of his life.
It is somewhat bizarre to read about a Dhow (a ship of AD times) rigged with a lateen sail (Invented after AD, and not used on Dhows anyway) sailing down the Mediteranean (Dhows sailed the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean)
Having said all that I still maintain that this book presented for me the most enjoyeble reading adventure this year (so far). There may not be a lot in the way of character development, but there is action, suspension, and adventure galore, and there is never a dull moment.
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Well, I highly enjoyed "River good" as well as "the seventh scroll", but I must say that "Warlock" was a bit disappointing. This latest novel by Wilbur Smith (one of my favourite authors) clearly differs from his previous books by the seemingly lack of narrative quality. Whereas "River good" distinguished itself by the astounding account of the ancient landscape, the suspense and drama of the story and fascinating characters with charming Taita as a finishing touch, "Warlock" fails to convey a suitable continue to the story. Right from start several questions remains unanswered, and Smith seems to get out of control in the events that follows. The main character Nefer (a stereotype hero) and the other personalities are simple and boring, and Taita (now written in third person) only appears like a mysterious spirit relying on sorcery, in fact rather a supernatural ghost than man. One who has read "River good" will be missing the close and human relation to Taita that was passed on in the first volume. The compulsory villains act excessive; it felt that Trok for instance both in name and personality could as much have been taken from "Conan the barbarian" or something else in that way.
The tale is interesting but predictable. One thing that felt odd and irritating was the uneven flow of events. The author builds up foundations for potential future happenings that are interrupted and forgotten, whereas many events don't fit in the context. Also, the intense focus on extreme violence and sex only seemed exaggerated and weird, it felt as if Mr Smith tries to break his boundaries and let all his fantasies out. Another thing that adds to the cheap quality of the book is the lack of knowledge on Egypt that the author is clearly showing.
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I read Wilbur Smith's "River God" and was eagerly awaiting the follow up to it. When I saw that Warlock was released I was very excited. After reading "Warlock" I was not disappointed!
From the first page Warlock brings you back into the world that Smith brilliantly created in "River God". Taita is back and he is a free man this time. He is taking care of Prince Nefer who will grow to become a powerful warrior and ruler. Wilbur Smith describes the battles of Egypt very well, and not a detail is missed.
There was only on issue with this book that disappointed me, and it was Taita. Smith took a man that had a talent for reading the mazes, and made him into an all powerful warlock who could conjure storms from thin air, and stop anyone in his path with almost a look. This seemed way to far fetched and took at bit away from this book.
All in all, I enjoyed "Warlock" as much as I enjoyed "River God" and hope there will be another in this series.
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