Henty once related in an interview how his storytelling skills grew out of tales told after dinner to his children. He wrote his first children's book, Out on the Pampas in 1868, naming the book's main characters after his children. The book was published by Griffith and Farran in November 1870 with a title page date of 1871. While most of the 122 books he wrote were for children, he also wrote adult novels, non-fiction such as The March to Magdala and Those Other Animals, short stories for the likes of The Boy's Own Paper and edited the Union Jack, a weekly boy's magazine.
Story: This book covers the oldest time period of any of the Henty novels. In it, young readers will learn much about the domestic life, customs, religion, and military system of ancient Egypt. Amuba, a prince of the Rebu nation on the shores of the Caspian Sea, with his charioteer Jethro, is carried into slavery after losing a battle with the Egyptians. They become servants of the house of Ameres, an Egyptian high priest, and are qutie happy there, until the priest)rs"s son accidentally kills the sacred cat of Bubastes. The locals rise up in rage and kill Ameres, and Jethro and Amuba must escape with the high priest
Henty used historical fiction to show the English perspective in different battles. For example, in the mld"Tiger of Mysor,erd" Henty shows the, 5ls"right1rs" English way in the conquest of India. He uses his writing talent in the books, pls"By Pike and Dyke,=rs" and 8ls"By Englandnrs"s Aidirs" to show what the British thought of the Spanish control of the Netherlands.
Henty had good morals. In the book called, sls"At Cressy And Poiters, rs" Walter the hero of the book knocked down his opponent, in the city games, but Ralph, just commended him on his skill. Later in the book Ralph became Walterhrs"s servant, and he remained loyal. In, Als"One by the Sword,3rs" Hector is brave and courageous, as he strives to communicate with the fortress, while it was being besieged.