Sir Henry Rider Haggard, ( – ), known as H. Rider Haggard, was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 68 by H. Rider Haggard. Ayesha, the Return of She by H. Rider Haggard. No cover available. Hard on twenty years have gone by since that night of Leo’s vision — the most awful years, perhaps, which were ever endured by men.

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Ayesha: The Return of She Book Summary and Study Guide

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. What crime have I committed that this sore punishment should be laid upon me? The Dover edition comes with beautiful illustrations from the original edition that greatly enhance the text. Do you pay me thus for all or love and care, and wish to drive me to my death? Down it sank, and down and down, till it was but just above me, and I perceived that it was shaped like a tongue or fan of flame. The character has inspired more than ten film adaptations.

Atene seems prepared to risk war, but her husband Rassen helps Professor Holly and Leo sneak out of Kaloon at midnight – only to try and kill them.

Ayesha: The Return of She (She #2) by H. Rider Haggard

After something goes awry in the rejuvenation process, haggzrd protagonists escape. Haggard’s daughter, Liliasin her biography explained the origin of the names: Near the mountain is a valley kingdom run by a crazy Khan Rassan, who was poisoned by his beautiful but unpleasant wife Khania Aten. Sorry, no links available.


Then suddenly high up in the vault, miles and miles away, I saw a little light and thought that a planet had appeared to keep me company. Apr 23, Prithika Ferdinand rated it it was amazing. The Return of She Search. Perhaps; but surely that sin should find forgiveness — if torn flesh and quivering nerves may plead for mercy. The desire haggarrd see Ayesha once more saps my brain. The continuing adventures of Holly and Leo.

Haggard’s prose is more polished and refined, but some of his lyrical descriptive power was muted. The light began to descend slowly, like a floating flake of fire. It’s more or less unclear, but it’s fun to move through the possibilities. Once again, we have a hidden bby, lost treasure, a shipwreck, reincarnation, savage African tribes who revere the titular character as a goddess, and, last but not least, a heroic big game hunter.

Ayesha: The Return of She, by H. Rider Haggard : CHAPTER 1

Well, actually, the cave priests come out okay, and are the nicest characters in the book, aside from some Tibetan monks Holly and Leo meet on the way. I love the characters, the hero comes across as kind of lame and its really nice to see the two powerful heroines fight over this weaker man as the reverse is so often the case.

He is older now, and the sort of introspective weariness in his voice reflects that. Well, you are stronger than I am, and more tough; perhaps because you have lived longer. My death is very near to me, and of this I am glad, for I desire to pursue the quest in other realms, as it has been promised to me that I shall do.

The story was quite slow but it was nice to revisit these characters. Atene’s hagvard for Leo incurs the wrath of her husband Rassen, but he cannot go against his wife. What shr there in all that wonderful tale which could not have been fashioned in your own brain, distraught as it is almost to madness with your sorrow and your longings?


Whe Rider Haggard’s sequel to “She” is not as stunningly powerful as that early masterpiece, but it nevertheless is a fascinating book that ties up the story of Ayesha, Leo Vincey, and Horace Holly in an interesting way. In this sequel they have visions that She, or Ayesha as she is also known, is alive somewhere in the world and they go in search of her. I liked the pathos and tragedy, it’s sadder in this novel than it h.ridsr in the original.

She’s going to marry Leo, appear to the people of Peking, slowly gain control over China, and then defeat all of the other nations of the world including the diminutive continent of Europe. I usually enjoy H. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Great adventure, great fantasy–a genre that owes a great debt to Haggard. More she resists and struggles more she seems like a powerful, smart, independent girl playing dumb to impress a guy yet the guy not bad but not also smart just wants a loving wife than a loving companion for life. However, I do not think The Return of She is as entrancing as those two books.

And ‘She’, by H. Other books in the series. It sold, unreal, 63 million copies and remains in print.