Quest of the Gods: Attack of the Scorpion Raiders

Written by Dan Hunter
Review by Elizabeth Hawksley Louis McNulty

The evil Pharaoh Obo has chosen to ally himself with Set, the Egyptian god of darkness. The good gods who protect Egypt have all been imprisoned, and now famine and drought threaten the country. Only Akori, a peasant boy, can rescue the gods and restore to Egypt the life-giving waters of the river Nile. Together with Manu, a young trainee priest, and Ebe, a mute slave girl, Akori sets out to rescue Ra, the sun god. But how can they reach him and his golden boat when all the forces of darkness are ranged against them?

This is very much a ‘quest’ story: think Ancient Egypt meets Mordor. Akori is the aspiring hero who needs to learn to think before he acts. Manu is the thinker, overburdened by his papyri – though they come in useful in unexpected ways. Ebe is strong, silent and intuitive but, at the beginning of the story, not really valued by the others. They must learn to appreciate each other’s strengths and to pull together. The black and white illustrations by Jerry Parris are wonderfully atmospheric and help the reader visualize ancient Egypt and the different gods well.

Boys of 8+ who like adventure should enjoy this.

Elizabeth Hawksley


When I saw the playing cards inside the front cover, I thought was an imitation of the Beast Quest series. But when I read Quest of the Gods, I thought it was amazing. But there are some things that I thought were weird.  Here are two examples: I think it should be called Quest to Find the Gods because it gives the reader more of a clue about the book to help them decide if they want to buy it or not. And on the front cover of the book it says, ‘One boy, five gods and a thousand monsters’. There can’t be a thousand monsters because there is only one monster in this book and there are only five books.

Louis McNulty, age 9