Henry Rider Haggard wrote this novel in a few days, shortly after his success with "King Solomon's Mines", and in it he again uses his African experiences and his familiarity with old legends. But there is a greater and more frightening depth in this book. In the story the three men from Cambridge endure shipwreck, fever, and cannibals, as they search for "She", the object and end of their adventure, bequeathed to them two thousand years previously. "She" is the incarnation of one of the most powerful and most ambiguous figures in Western consciousness: a woman who is at the same time a seductress and a figure of terror. "My empire is an empire of the imagination." Those words are spoken by Ayesha, the central figure of this book and the queen of a central African tribe. Her soubriquet "She-who-must-be-obeyed" alludes to her deathless beauty and her magical powers. But taken together those two utterances bear witness to the powerful hold the author has had on his readers over the years.

Henry Rider Haggard a screfas an novel-ma in nebes dedhyow, termyn cot wosa y sowena gans "Balyow Mytern Salamon" hag ev ow qwil devnyth unweyth arta a'y experyens a Afryca hag a'y skians a'n fug-whedhlow coth. Saw yma downder brâssa ha moy grysyl dhe verkya i'n lyver-ma kefrës. I'n whedhel yma an try den dhyworth Kergraunt ow codhevel torrva gorhal, fevyr, ha debroryon tus, hedre vowns y ow whelas "Honna", towl ha pedn aga viaj, kemynys dhedhans dyw vil vledhen alena. "Honna" yw an carnacyon a onen a'n fygurs moyha puyssant ha moyha omborthus in omwodhvos an West: benyn neb yw i’n kettermyn dynyores ha skyla rag euth. "Ow empîr vy yw empîr a'n desmygyans." An geryow-na yw leverys gans Ayesha, chif-person an lyver-ma ha myternes a drib in Afryca Cres. Yma hy les'hanow "Honna-a-res-bos-obeyes" ow styrya hy thecter dyvarow ha gallos hy fystry. Saw an dhew lavar-na kemerys warbarth yw dùstuny kefrës a'n dhalhen grev a'n jeva an auctour wàr imajynacyon y redyoryon dres an bledhydnyow.

Published by Evertype 2016