Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was an English author of adventure novels set in exotic locales, predominantly Africa. King Solomon’s Mines, one of his best-known books, details the life of the explorer Allan Quartermain. She: A History of Adventure followed, introducing the character Ayesha. While much of Haggard’s reputation stems from those two books and their subsequent series, he also wrote nonfiction and short stories.
Ayeshaby H. Rider Haggard, New Century Books
When Mr. Holly last wrote, many, many years
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Verily and indeed it is the unexpected that happens! Probably if there was one person upon the earth from whom the Editor of this, and of a certain previous history, did not expect to hear again, that person was Ludwig Horace Holly. This, too, for a good reason; he believed him to have taken his departure from the earth.
When Mr. Holly last wrote, many, many years ago, it was to transmit the manuscript of /She/, and to announce that he and his ward, Leo Vincey, the beloved of the divine Ayesha, were about to travel to Central Asia in the hope, I suppose, that there she would fulfil her promise and appear to them again.
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Terrible copy quality on every page
This work was written 20 years after SHE and interestingly enough the story starts the same 20 years later. However, the opening is slow and until Holly and his adopted son Leo Vincey reach the lamasery in the Tibetan Mountains the story is slow.Once this point is reached the reader will become involved in a literal war for Leo's love between Ayesha and the wife of the local Khan. Also H.Rider Haggard presumes you have read SHE and does not recap for those unfamiliar with Ayesha and Leo's back story. Like his original novel 20 years before the reader will enjoy high adventure. One point of interest to the film buff is that the setting of this novel and some scenes were incorporated into the 1935 film version of SHE by Merian C. Cooper who brought the classic 1933 film KING KONG to the screen.