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Queen Sheba's Ring

Henry Rider Haggard

Book Overview: 

A famed archeologist, an aging doctor, and a young army engineer set out across the African desert on a great adventure. Professor Higgs is in search of new archeological discoveries, Dr. Adams seeks to rescue his kidnapped son, and Captain Orme wants to forget an unhappy love affair. Maqueda, Daughter of Kings, ruler of the Abati, enlists their aid to destroy the sacred idol of a neighboring tribe with promises to help the doctor rescue his son. However, the idol is a second great sphinx, carved out of a mountain. In their quest they can expect little help from the weak and cowardly Abati. The road is fraught with danger, wild beasts, valiant enemies, and traitorous allies, but their greatest danger is a beautiful woman whom it is death to love.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .y, which had quite fifty thousand inhabitants, continued Shadrach, commanded the mouth of the pass or cleft by which we must approach Mur, having probably been first built there for that very purpose.

Orme asked if there was no other way into the stronghold, which, he understood, the embassy had left by being let down a precipice. Shadrach answered that this was true, but that although the camels and their loads had been let down that precipitous place, owing to the formation of its overhanging rocks, it would be perfectly impossible to haul them up it with any tackle that the Abati possessed.

He asked again if there was not a way round, if that circle of mountains had no back door. Shadrach replied that there was such a back door facing to the north some eight days' journey away. Only at this season of the year it could not be reached, since beyond the Mountains of Mur in that direction was a great lake, out of which flowed the river Ebur in two ar. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The quintessential English African adventure novel.

বইটির শুরুতে খুব বোরিং লাগছিল,পডাই আগাচছিল না (আমার পডা অবশয এমনিও ধীরগতির ) কিনতু মাঝে দিযে ভালোই রোমাঞচকর ছিল, মনে হচছিল শেষে কি হবে শেষে কি হবে তার জনয ./ দিতাম কিনতু শেষে এসে আমি হতাশ। সবসময এমন সিনেমার মত হযাপি এনডিং বইতে ভালো লাগেনা। অনতত এই বইতে আমি মনে মনে এমন কিছু আশা করিনি

Богатство африканской истории дано оценить лишь самим африканцам, поскольку за обилием происходивших событий невозможно уследить. Тем проще создавать новые легенды, не требующие проверки. Читатель всё равно поверит Хаггарду, зная наперёд – ничего подобного не существовало и существовать не могло,...more

2.5 stars, adding one and a half stars for one of the characters that I particularly liked. :) Definitely not my favorite kind of book, but it's not COMPLETELY awful. It just felt like it rambled a lot.

Like every book written by H.Rider Haggard, this was entertaining, exciting and educational. I really enjoyed it. While it is no where up to the standards of my two favorite, it is worth reading. My favorites of course are King Solomon's Mines and Allan Quartermain. . All in all, definately worth...more

The ring, given to the Queen of Sheba by King Solomon himself, in the title is given to Dr. Richard Adams by the Walda Nagasta (Child of Kings) queen of the degenerate Abati tribe, a somewhat lost tribe of Israel, who dwell in the city of Mur. She is a direct descendant of the original Queen of S...more

H. Rider Haggard was a writer of adventure novels, often set in imaginary locations, and has been credited with creating the "lost world" genre of literature. Like many of his books, this one is set in Africa, in the imaginary kingdom, or perhaps one should say queendom of Mur, ruled by Maqueda,...more

"And now, my Oliver, I have no more to write, save that I am glad to have endured so many things, and thereby win the joy that is mine to-day. Not yet have I, Maqueda, wished to reign again in Mur, who have found another throne"

I am not an author myself, and probably never will be (big sigh), so I can only imagine what a thrill it must be for a writer to see his or her hard work finally appear in print before the public. But can anyone imagine what it must feel like to have three novels released simultaneously?!?! Well,...more

সবসমযই আমি বলি হযাগারডের অযালান কোযাটারমেইনের সিরিজের বইগুলোর থেকে অনযানয কিছু বই অনেক বেশি ভালো। এই বইটা দিযে সেটার পরমাণ আবারো পেলাম।

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