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The Virgin of the Sun   By: (1856-1925)

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The Virgin of the Sun by Henry Rider Haggard is an enthralling adventure that takes readers on a captivating journey through ancient Peru. Set against a backdrop of mystery, intrigue, and forbidden love, this novel seamlessly weaves historical elements with elements of romance and thriller, creating a multi-layered narrative that keeps readers hooked from beginning to end.

From the very first pages, Haggard's vivid descriptions transport readers to the heart of the Incan Empire. The richly detailed portrayal of the cultural practices, landscapes, and beliefs of the ancient civilization is a testament to the author's extensive research and his ability to bring the past to life.

The protagonist, Leonard Outram, is a relatable character who finds himself in the midst of great danger and adventure. As a British explorer, he becomes embroiled in a treacherous quest to uncover the lost treasure of the Incas, putting his life on the line in the process. Outram's determination, resourcefulness, and unwavering sense of honor make him a memorable and likeable hero.

One of the novel's standout aspects is Haggard's exploration of the themes of love and destiny. The forbidden love between Leonard and the beautiful Ynca, the "Virgin of the Sun," adds a layer of emotional depth to the narrative, as well as highlighting the cultural clashes and societal barriers that exist between the characters. This forbidden romance enhances the story's tension and keeps readers guessing until the very end.

The pacing of the novel is excellent, with plenty of thrilling moments, unexpected twists, and shocking revelations scattered throughout. Haggard skillfully maintains a sense of urgency and suspense that keeps readers eagerly turning the pages.

While the book does have its moments of melodrama and predictable plot devices, it is ultimately an enjoyable and fascinating read. Haggard's eloquent prose and attention to detail create a captivating atmosphere that immerses readers in the vibrant world of ancient Peru.

The Virgin of the Sun is a riveting adventure that seamlessly blends history, romance, and action. With its well-drawn characters, intriguing plot, and vivid setting, it is sure to captivate fans of historical fiction and lovers of thrilling escapades. Henry Rider Haggard once again proves his mastery of the adventure genre, delivering a compelling tale that will leave readers hungry for more.

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By H. Rider Haggard

First Published in 1922.


My Dear Little,

Some five and thirty years ago it was our custom to discuss many matters, among them, I think, the history and romance of the vanished Empires of Central America.

In memory of those far off days will you accept a tale that deals with one of them, that of the marvellous Incas of Peru; with the legend also that, long before the Spanish Conquerors entered on their mission of robbery and ruin, there in that undiscovered land lived and died a White God risen from the sea?

Ever sincerely yours, H. Rider Haggard. Ditchingham, Oct. 24, 1921.

James Stanley Little, Esq.



There are some who find great interest, and even consolation, amid the worries and anxieties of life in the collection of relics of the past, drift or long sunk treasures that the sea of time has washed up upon our modern shore.

The great collectors are not of this class. Having large sums at their disposal, these acquire any rarity that comes upon the market and add it to their store which in due course, perhaps immediately upon their deaths, also will be put upon the market and pass to the possession of other connoisseurs. Nor are the dealers who buy to sell again and thus grow wealthy... Continue reading book >>

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