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Posted January 10, 2012
In the novel AZTEC, Spanish conquistador, Hernán Cortés, leads an expedition into Mexico to bring it under the rule of the King of Castile during the early 1500’s. He encounters a young, courageous slave woman named Malinali who was an once an Aztec princess sold into slavery to the Mayans when she was a child. Malinali becomes an interpreter and guide and consort to Cortés on his journey to speak to the greatest leader of Mexico.
This book is a remarkable novel, not only for its fascinating historical details, but because author Colin Falconer holds nothing back in recounting the pagan brutality and horrendous cruelties of this exotic land and time. He brings the legendary character of Malinali to life. She stands out as a paragon, a woman of virtue and enigmatic strength who will definitely appeal to feminine readers. Although there is a romantic element between Malinali and Cortés, it does not overpower the story. Rather, it acts as a comfort, soothing the reader’s mood after some of the more shocking, brutal scenes.
A fast-paced read, Aztec fascinated me from start to finish. As with all of Colin Falconer’s novels, his characters have depth and credibility, moving the story forward through their often unpredictable actions. His work takes the reader through a never-ending labyrinth of twists and turns that grips and entertains. Get this book. It is a magnificent piece of work!
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Posted September 21, 2013
The book was easy to read but hard to review. The mechanics of good writing were fine. The few errors did not interrupt the reading flow. The storyline is about Cortez conquering the Aztecs and Mexico. His character was not fully developed by no fault of the author. There is not much known about him. Without the help of Malinali, a part Aztec naturale, he might have failed his mission. She acted as interpreter between the Spaniards and several tribes. The Spaniards were in Mexico to convert the heathen to Catholicism(sp) and stop the practice of human sacrifice. Malinali let the naturales believe that Cortez was a superior god rather than a man. She was a delightful character. I made the mistake of staying in Wikipedia and the dictionary rather than just reading the book without interruption. The author earned four stars despite some boring passages. "How Cortez conquered the Aztecs" is a good story.
Thank you, Mr. Falconer, for another good read.
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Posted November 26, 2014
I enjoyed reading this book it is a well known and well told story. A very enjoyable book. I have read probably 10 books by Colem Falconer and found him to be an excellent teller of stories. If you like this type of book, I would recomend Kathleen and Micheal Gears books especially the Contact series about Desoto's arrival in this country.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted October 12, 2013
This is a fascinating look at very early history of North & Central Americas. While I question some of the characterizations of the Aztecs, the overall story was very compelling. It is a more personal look at what MAY have happened to the characters. Great story, great humor in some places. It also included a look at the bigotry one finds that "civilized" people can have towards those they think are "savage," prompting a look at one's own biases.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2013
A fascinating look at things "as they once were" all wrapped up in a great story. I found very few errors, in this rather lengthy book. So many of the ebooks have a multitude of errors that should have been caught by proofreaders. Aztec's few didn't stop the flow for me. I compare this book to a warm bubble bath. Once you're in it, you don't ever want to get out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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