While in England visiting the castle of his dear friends, Lady and Lord Ragnall, Allan Quatermain is approached by two men seeking his help. Known for his hunting and exploration skills, the men ask Quatermain to kill an evil spirit that has been roaming their land. Trapped in the body of a massive elephant, the evil spirit has been on a rampage, killing any person in its sight. After he agrees to help hunt the creature, Quatermain journeys to Africa, where he soon becomes involved in a rescue mission after the wife of a friend is kidnapped. As his mission unfolds, the simple rescue operation becomes complicated with shocking discoveries. Now, amid a battle between two tribes with polarizing religions and the danger of the aggressive possessed elephant, Quatermain must brave the African wilderness to slay the spirit and save his friend’s wife before it is too late.
With life-threatening dangers, mystical encounters, a war between tribes, a rescue mission and an isolated civilization, The Ivory Child by H. Rider Haggard is fun and compelling. Themes of mysticism and the vivid portrayal of Colonial African culture, flora, and fauna are paired with a classic Quatermain adventure story, creating an engrossing narrative that both entertains and amazes. First published in 1916, The Ivory Child is a continuation of previous Quatermain adventures. Though The Ivory Child follows the events of Allan and the Holy Flower, this novel can be enjoyed independently. With colorful prose and a fun adventure, The Ivory Child can be enjoyed by a wide audience, and is a classic example of 19th century adventure fiction.
This edition of The Ivory Child by H. Rider Haggard features an eye-catching new cover design and is printed in a font that is both modern and readable. With these accommodations, The Ivory Child caters to a contemporary audience while preserving the original mastery and adventure of H. Rider Haggard’s work.