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Ayesha: The Return of She (She #2)

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In this sequel to She, Horace Holly & his ward Leo Vincey once again embark on a quest to find the mysterious woman known as Ayesha. Knowing that She is no longer in Africa, they go east, eventually reaching a lamasery in the mountains of Tibet. The abbot warns them against continuing, but they press on & discover an ancient city named Kaloon, which is ruled by the ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Boomer Books (first published 1905)
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Alfie Shuvro
Aug 01, 2016 Alfie Shuvro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
টান টান উত্তেজনা রয়েছে । একই সাথে প্রেম , ভালবাসা, ত্যাগ আর গল্পের প্লট সমূহের বর্ণনা ও বেশ সুশৃঙখল । অনুবাদ যথেষ্ট ভাল হয়েছে।
Jan 10, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it
"The Return of She," although not as exciting or groundbreaking as the classic "She," is nevertheless a worthy sequel, and one that all admirers of Haggard's original story should enjoy reading. It is a direct continuation of the earlier book, and as such may be called required reading for all fans of Ayesha, Leo Vincey and Ludwig Holly. The novel contains many exciting scenes, including a great avalanche, the pursuit of the death hounds, Ayesha's reincarnation, and the climactic battle with ...more
Dec 20, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
Haggard's epic SHE suold've been the end-all of fantasy epics. It sold, unreal, 63 million copies and remains in print.
AYESHA is the sequel of all sequels. Written at the turn of the 20th century, Haggard's language is both beautiful and evocotive of a grander age.

The immortal queen is still there and gets a 2nd chance at finishing her mission: is it what we think it is? What's the reason she resists her lover's advances? Don't a lot of the elements sound like deja vu from SHE? Intentionally so
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Ayesha, known as She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed, first appeared in serial form from 1896 to 1897 in the novel She. Along with King Solomon's Mines, She is Haggard's most popular and famous novel. Ayesha is one of the awesome, kick-ass woman characters in Victorian literature, and I rated Wisdom's Daughter, the later written prequel set in Ancient Egypt five stars. I loved that book even more than the original She. However, I do not think The Return of She is as entrancing as those two books. It's a lot ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Mel rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this though found it not quite as good as She. There seemed to be far too long searching for She and then when they did find her, for all that they were both obsessed with her they didn't actually seem to like her very much. What this book lacked that the first one had was the lovely long discussions on the nature of man and good and evil. She seemed smaller and less powerful here. The thing that I did like was the Asian setting, I was expecting to find it poorly done but Haggard's ...more
Dec 10, 2015 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, pulp, garbage
I usually enjoy H. Rider Haggard, so I was completely shocked by how completely terrible this book was. It's probably the worst sequel of all time, apart from TRANSFORMERS 2. The story is dull and talky, the dialog is extremely stilted (like reading a high school kid trying to ape Shakespeare), and the main characters all behave like knuckleheads pretty much throughout. Very little about the plot makes any sense, and all the mystical reincarnation/destiny stuff is completely over-the-top and ...more
Wolk Zeven Ayesha
I read the Dutch translation of the book. I found it less catchy than "SHE" but nevertheless I kept on reading.It's made me curious about the Egyption mythogology on which the story is evidently based. Looking forward to read Ayesha & Allan (if I can find the Dutch translation :-)
Althea Ann
This is the sequel to "She," which Haggard published in 1905, 18 years after the first book.
Although the title character seemed pretty definitively dead after the first book, still, she had vowed to return with her dying words, and, since then the characters of the beautiful young Leo and his mentor Dr. Horace Holly, have been wandering through Asia, seeking spiritual enlightenment, knowledge - and the return of that supernaturally beautiful immortal woman.
It wouldn't be much of a story if she d
Jan 06, 2013 Paulo rated it liked it
A continuation of SHE, Ayesha is a more melancholic book, portraying the eternal quest of Man for the unachievable in us. In the end, reaching a goal is not as satisfying as we would like to believe.
Shahin Sultana
May 03, 2016 Shahin Sultana rated it it was amazing
5 star are not enough . The best adventure thriller I've ever read
You can file this under - and if you thought the FIRST book was crazy...

Basic plot - It takes them over 16 years, but Holly and Leo eventually chase down a 'vision' of Ayesha to a remote part of Mongolia near the Himalayas where a live volcano spits ankh shaped clouds and fire. Ayesha has 'taken over' for the elderly priestess who ran the Isis-Osirus cave people living in the sides of the volcano, and who managed to die just at the same time Ayesha did. The two locations are somehow elementally
Sep 14, 2016 Gypsi rated it liked it
She, the first volume of the "She" stories, ends with a thrilling conclusion. Ayesha begins shortly after that, with Leo seeing a vision of where he can find Ayesha now. He and Horace spend 16 years hunting for the place of the vision. Leo faces a great trial, a fantastic battle occurs, and Haggard gives another of his excellent endings.

Ayesha is not as well-plotted, nor as exciting, as She. At times, it seemed to lag, and I even found my attention roaming a bit in the middle. The divinity and m
Mar 15, 2016 Neil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm adding an extra star here. This book has an unpardonably slow beginning. If you thought Job, Holly, and Leo's adventures through Africa in _She_ lagged a bit, the travels through Tibet in this book and the resulting arrival in Kaloon are a rough go. Yet this book improves drastically when Ayesha finally returns in all of her glory. True, there is something less transgressive about her, but the fluidity of her identity and the scope of her plans for global domination are fascinating. She's ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Buck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
The continuing adventures of Holly and Leo. After having found Ayesha and losing her, they embark on a life long quest to find her again.

Like She, this book is about Victorians, written by a Victorian for a Victorian audience. The language, attitudes and morés are Victorian. Many people will have a hard time fitting their mind into that box. I am a history fan, and it didn't seem hard for me to to.

It's a sequel, and as such suffers from the typical problems: in order to pick up a new audience, t
The sequel to She, this is quite a long read and i was expecting a lot of messing about before getting to the main plot this wasn't the case however, it jumped quite quickly into the action and there really isn't any wasted pages.
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.
I like the layers of characterization, everyone is flawed and both the heroines are quite ev
Jan 10, 2012 Maggie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
for an adventure story, this one counts. egyptology, alchemy, ancient cultures, power of the feminine, evil close at hand ... and the two innocents from england combine to make for high adventure. an old piece of literature so beware of the "too many words" aspect. the events and adventures have a degree of the fantastic and in addition there is a lot of internal dialogue vs. action/doing of the characters so there are fairly long places which are boring. but it's okay to skim these parts, not ...more
Fantasy Literature
Jun 06, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

H. Rider Haggard returns to his story of star-crossed lovers Ayesha and Leo Vincey in Ayesha, the Return of She. The sequel was published in 1905, nearly twenty years after the publication of She. The world has changed, and Haggard’s storytelling has changed to match.

Haggard remains best known for King Solomon’s Mines, and She is the book of most interest to literary scholars. Ayesha, the Return of She is a decent sequel that does very little to open a window on the thoughts, values and
Although not quite as bold and adventurous as the first novel, this is a fine adventure and I felt that it was even more subtle with grander vision of the star crossed love than the first. Leo had more personality and drive this time around. In a way, it's almost a mirror of the first in terms of theme and plot. Haggard's prose is more polished and refined, but some of his lyrical descriptive power was muted. He seemed to favor more letting Ayesha spin the tale of her past and thread in Eastern ...more
Apr 08, 2013 Nick rated it liked it
One may make the argument that Ayesha isn't as powerful in this text as in _She_. Though, her apparent clairvoyance and final display of power over Nature's elements inherently depicts her as an omniscient being. However, I believe redemption (among others) to be a key theme in light of how Haggard fuses ideologies of Destiny and reincarnation. This text (as with _She_) is an obvious response to (or product of) the commodification of travel and, de facto, acculturation during the height of ...more
Ginny Palmieri
Jan 10, 2012 Ginny Palmieri rated it really liked it
Haggard referred to this title in his introduction as a continuation of, rather than a sequel to, "She."
It read as such. Not as much fun as "People of the Mist," but fun reads, nonetheless. Be prepared for a lot of "high" language, which was a bit challenging at times, and ultimately made the going fairly slow.

Nineteenth century English, even when stylized and overdone to the modern eye, as it is when "She" speaks, is a treat. I'm finding the return to a more colloquial and current style of writ
Jan 10, 2012 Mrs. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The Goodreads review of this book is completely wrong, and refers to the book, She and Alan.

Fabulous sequel to the classic, She, which has been in print since 1887, and is one of the top selling works of fiction of all time. Haggard inspired many successors, including Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author of the Tarzan books. Haggard's other famous creation is Alan Quatermaine of King Solomon's Mines.

In this sequel, the intrepid explorers embark on a 16 year search for Ayesha, She-who-must-be-obeyed,
John Mac
Nov 07, 2015 John Mac rated it liked it
Interesting mainly as a sequel to the book 'She', for those who, like me, are interested in finding out what happened to Leo Vincey and Horace Hollyu following their adventures in Africa with the eponymous Ayesha. There is a lot of excitement for the reader in this book, but there are also a lot of lengthy, slow passages where the characters, particularly Ayesha, become philosophical about life, love and destiny. Those who are prepared to suffer through (or perhaps flick through') these passages ...more
Sep 02, 2016 George rated it liked it
Sequel to She After deciding, through visions, that She had not actually died, Horace Holly & his ward Leo Vincey, embark on a 20 year quest traveling east, eventually reaching a lamasery in the mountains of Tibet and then further north before discovering Ayesha. Leo becomes the center of a conflict between Atene & the Hesea which leads to war.

The continued working premise is that the Leo, Atene and Hesea are reincarnations of a 2000 year old lovers triangle and this is their final encou
Amit Herlekar
Nov 21, 2015 Amit Herlekar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aliet kummer
I had very high expectations for this novel. For me, the excitement began only from the second half of the story. I was looking for more virtuous philosophical quotes and passages like the prequel. But it didn't break my heart completely. There are a few highlights I made that I would love to read again.

Thus, everything said and done, I am always a big fan of Rider Haggard and I love the way he expresses emotions, virtues and wisdom in great depth using language of Victorian era as the ultimate
Dec 03, 2015 Maryam rated it liked it
The first book, "She", I just loved it! The story was so gripping that I finished it in a couple of hours. All was dark, and I was alone in my room. I remember I was even terrified of rolling over, and so mesmerized that I couldn't put it aside... But this one, I don't know. Maybe if it was not preceded by She, it'd be more interesting, but it just was not to the same level. I was disheartened and couldn't bring myself to finish it easily.
Andreina Sayago
Oct 07, 2015 Andreina Sayago rated it really liked it
It was really interesting reading it, specially when I expected it to be quite more romantic, but its sense of nature's power and how Ayesha is developed, it was refreshing. The writing is done in a way that simulates in some paragraphs a very sweet poem. I liked its new sense of adventures, but the main male character wasn't that well portrayed mostly because Ayesha took all the central parts in most of his thoughts. It resembles and idea of an Indiana Jones destined to be with a spirit.
Aug 16, 2013 Stephen rated it liked it
Through reincarnation and magic, Ayesha returns. While a good classic adventure novel, this book does more by reflecting the thoughts and interests of its time. Reincarnation and magic were becoming more and more mainstream, and this book reflects that mindset. Add to that the fact that Rider Haggard was very familiar with the magic traditions of Africa and it gave him a unique insight with which to write from.
Ved Gupta
Jul 19, 2014 Ved Gupta rated it really liked it
A fantasy fiction, an absolute page turner and full of mystery. I didn't read the first part but that didn't seem to pose any problem. The story telling is good. Somewhere near the end the author gets into too much details and makes the book boring for some 50-60 pages. But apart from that, I enjoyed the book a lot.
Janith Pathirage
Ah!! what an awful book... It was a bad idea to write a sequel to Ayesha in the first place. I didn't like the prequel much anyway, but thought to give this a try coz I thought Haggard would bring the story to a satisfying closure with this book. This story bored me to death so I'll not be reading anything which involves Ayesha ever again !!
May 28, 2013 CD rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, action
The second part of the Haggard tale the starts with She. See my review of it for similar comments regarding this work.

CD's review ->

I have read both of these books previously. Thus the short reviews as I add them to the GR lists.
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Sir Henry Rider Haggard was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and the creator of the Lost World literary genre. His stories, situated at the lighter end of the scale of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential. He was also involved in agricultural reform and improvement in the British Empire.

His breakout novel was King Solomon
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“Think then what it is to live on here eternally and yet be human; to
age in soul and see our beloved die and pass to lands whither we may
not hope to follow; to wait while drop by drop the curse of the long
centuries falls upon our imperishable being, like water slow dripping
on a diamond that it cannot wear, till they be born anew forgetful of
us, and again sink from our helpless arms into the void unknowable.”
“Who and what was Ayesha, nay, what is Ayesha? An incarnate essence, a materialised spirit of Nature the unforeseeing, the lovely, the cruel and the immortal; ensouled alone, redeemable only by Humanity and its piteous sacrifice? Say you! I have done with speculations who depart to solve these mysteries.” 0 likes
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