A ring from antiquity or an elaborate hoax? One of the lost adventure novels of H. Rider Haggard, "Queen Sheba's Ring" features Middle-Eastern mysticism and a secret society descended form ancient abyssinians. In deepest uncharted regions of Africa a Jewish community struggles to defend itself from barbaric tribes.
e those of a savage with a stone axe."
"If you only open your mouth to show your ignorance, Oliver, you had better keep it shut. The men who carried stone axes had advanced far beyond the state of savagery. But I suggest that you had better give Doctor Adams a chance of telling his story, after which you can criticize."
"Perhaps Captain Orme does not wish to be bored with it," I said, whereon he answered at once:
"On the contrary, I should like to hear it very much--that is, if you are willing to confide in me as well as in Higgs."
I reflected a moment, since, to tell the truth, for sundry reasons, my intention had been to trust no one except the Professor, whom I knew to be as faithful as he is rough. Yet some instinct prompted me to make an exception in favour of this Captain Orme. I liked the man; there was something about those brown eyes of his that appealed to me. Also it struck me as odd that he should happen to be present on this occasion, for I have always held that there
It's an adventure-romance mixed story set in a desert of Africa unknown to the world. First half of the story would thrill adventure lovers for the perilous journey through the desert. Next half is infused with mild romance and antiquities of ancient civilization of that desert. Overall I enjoyed the story.
Those, uncomfortable with Victorian age prose, might stumble reading the passages at the beginning. But with time it would be adapted.
There are archaic salutations and addressing words used by the author that amused me a lot, like - O child of Kings, O Bud of Rose, O people of mountain-side and many others.
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