Heart of the World
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Sir Henry Rider Haggard was one of the pioneering writers in the adventure and lost world subgenre. His dozens of books have captured the hearts of minds of countless readers, with exciting adventures, lost cities and well written plots. In “Hear of the World”, Haggard manages to draw in the reader in a fast-paced action taking place in a lost Aztec city. The story unfolds in the form of a manuscript written by the Mexican Indian Don Ignatio. Shortly after his 62th birthday, he finished writing about an adventure he took part in during the middle of the 19th century in the company of a young English miner named James Strickland. Don Ignatio is a lineal descendent of the last Aztec emperor named Guatemoc, he is plotting to find a way to unite the Mexican people and banish the Spanish conquerors that have brought his native people to extinction. He soon meets James, and the two encounter a head priest and ruler of what were known as the People of the Heart named Zibalbay. Zibalbay tells the pair about an ancient Aztec city, lost within the jungles of what might have been present-day Guatemala. The so-called Lost City of Gold is not only a place of wealth which attracts the young miner, but also a place where Ignatio and Zibalbay’s common dream of reuniting the people of Mexico to regain independence might come true. The novel is filled with exciting adventures such as thrilling gun fights, duels, encounters with a family of bandits, cave-ins, deadly snake bites and countless perils which threaten to take the lives of the intrepid adventurers with every step. Haggard’s “Heart of the World” is a must-read for everyone interested in the lost world genre as well as those who enjoy a good adventure novel with lots of adrenaline.