Wednesday, April 4, 2018

AZTEC BLOOD by Gary Jennings

AZTEC BLOOD by Gary Jennings

Gary Jennings, whom The New York Times called "the best among our historical novelists," shows readers the gallantry and brutality, the sex and tyranny, of a vanished civilization south of the US border.

In Aztec Blood, the Aztec people have been conquered, and a revolt of Native Americans put down. The former Aztec Empire is now a colony called New Spain in which the Native peoples are enslaved to great estates that are actually feudal domains.

In this brutal and bloody era of swords and cloaks, upheaval and revolution, a young beggar boy of both Spanish and Aztec royal lines must claim his birthright. From the torrid streets of the City of the Dead along the Veracruz Coast to the ageless glory of Seville in Old Spain, Cristo the Bastard connives, fights and loves as he seeks the truth—without knowing that his "tainted" blood is the fore-bearer of a proud new people. As readers follow the loves and adventures of Cristo and experience both the splendor and the barbarism of the era, a vanished culture is brought vividly to life.

"A plum pudding of historical information and detail set unobtrusively into brilliant and offbeat remarkable digressions." —The San Diego Union-Tribune on Aztec Autumn

"[Jennings is] a first-class storyteller." —The Atlantic Monthly

"Jennings . . . can breathe life into the dust of history." —The Washington Post

GARY JENNINGS, author of the New York Times bestseller Aztec, was known for the rigorous and intensive research behind his novels, which often include hazardous travels—exploring every corner of Mexico for his Aztec novels, retracing the numerous wanderings of Marco Polo for The Journeyers, joining nine different circuses for Spangle, and roaming the Balkans for Raptor. Jennings passed away in 1999.
On Sale April 24, 2018 from Forge Books. 9780765399021. $19.99 USD.

Also check out the first two volumes, Aztec and Aztec Autumn.

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