Warlock Wilbur Smith 2007
Set in Egypt Warlock follows on from River God and The Seventh Scroll, marking the return of the world's finest adventure writer.
After the death of his beloved Queen Lostris, Taita performs the rites of embalmment and burial for her. Then stricken with grief, he retreats into the forbidding deserts of North Africa where he becomes a hermit.
Over the years that follow he devotes himself to the study of the mysteries of the occult until, armed with these extraordinary powers, he gradually transforms himself into the Warlock.
When he is called upon to save the dynasty of Queen Lostris from the clouds of evil that loom over Egypt, he discovers that there has, after all, been a divine purpose in his bereavement and suffering.