What begins as a simple mission to win a dowry for a bride spirals into political and social unrest as a famed hunter, Allan Quatermain, witnesses a nation slip into a civil war. Known for his outdoorsman skills, Quatermain's friend, Saduko, approaches him to ask for help winning a dowry for the woman he loves. Hoping to marry a beautiful and mysterious woman named Mameema, Saduko must obtain a sum of one hundred cattle to use as a dowry. Happy to help his friend, Quatermain assists Saduko achieve his goal, but when Mameema begins to show interest in Quatermain instead, complications arise. Though Quatermain is adamantly against it, Mameema tries to get him to marry her, in hopes that it would benefit her. Ambitious and cunning, Mameema dreams of being the leading woman of her home city, a settlement called Zululand. However, as she manipulates her way into power, political strife and turmoil follow, leading Quatermain to witness Zululand regress into a state of civil war.
With a plot rooted in historical events, Child of the Storm by H. Rider Haggard is both a subtle study of anthropology and an exciting action adventure narrative with romantic elements. Following the events of Haggard's Marie, this novel can be enjoyed independently or as a continuation of Quatermain's adventures in Africa. Written with detailed and imaginative prose, Child of the Storm mixes themes of politics, war, and sexuality to create an ensnaring and unique adventure for Haggard's reoccurring and fan-favorite character, Allan Quatermain. First published over one hundred years ago in 1913, Child of the Storm continues to capture the attention of readers with its wit, vivid imagery, and complex characters.
This edition of Child of the Storm by H. Rider Haggard features a stunning new cover design and is printed in a font that is both modern and readable. With these accommodations, Child of the Storm caters to a contemporary audience while preserving the original mastery and adventure of H. Rider Haggard's work.