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Ayesha: The Return of She (She #2)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,228 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
This book, second in the trilogy that begins with She, takes place in central Asia (China, Tibet, or Russia -- Haggard never tells us where, exactly, but it's clearly someplace in that vicinity), rather than Africa, but loses nothing for its location. The book's full of adventure -- a great avalanche, a chase by the death hounds, Ayesha's reincarnation, and of course the u ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 31st 2007 by Aegypan (first published 1905)
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Aug 24, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 Kal ...more
Nov 06, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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 i ...more
Dec 10, 2015 John rated it did not like it
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 dow ...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 :-)
Jan 06, 2013 Paulo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
5 star are not enough . The best adventure thriller I've ever read
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
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
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 go ...more
John Mac
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
Dec 03, 2015 Maryam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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 !!
Aug 28, 2009 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 m ...more
Fantasy Literature
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
Ved Gupta
Jul 19, 2014 Ved Gupta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 11, 2010 Mrs. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Apr 08, 2013 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Briti ...more
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
Ginny Palmieri
Apr 20, 2011 Ginny Palmieri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
All I could think of when I finished this book was of poor Ustane.

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Robert Zaslavsky
It seems ponderous and forced compared to the original "She." In addition, it strains credibility, even within its internal universe.
ফরহাদ আহমদ নিলয়
এই বইটারও শেষ পরিণতিটা মন খারাপ করে দেয়া। হযাগারড সাহেবের উপর আমি বেজায় করুদধ। তিনি সুনদর সুনদর মেয়েগুলোকে এত কষট দেন কেন? -_- ...more
Rhona Crawford
Mar 29, 2015 Rhona Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't know about the sequel, and I am glad that I read it. Ayesha could not have just crumbled to ashes ... SHE is still a nightmare memory from childhood for me, but at least the demons have now become absolved.
Steve Shilstone
Mar 19, 2016 Steve Shilstone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
H. Rider Haggard, purveyor of ripping good yarns, spins another, this one the sequel to She (who, of course, must be obeyed).
Norman Howe
The timeless romance of Leo and Ayesha continues, despite the death of She Who Must Be Obeyed in the first book. But Romance clashes with Mythology. When a Goddess loves a Mortal, and after thousands of years of life, Ayesha is a goddess, it doesn't generally turn out well.
Rachael S
Nov 06, 2015 Rachael S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good sequel. I enjoyed this book as much as She. Would recommend.
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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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