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Posted July 16, 2012
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers Favorite
“Maya Lord” by John Coe Robbins is a superbly realistic rendition of historic events in the context of a fictional tale. Robbins imagines the initial contact between Spanish Conquistadors and the native Maya and Aztec peoples. The story records a realistic interplay over a period of many years, beginning in a small lifeboat of shipwreck survivors drifting with ocean currents, and ending with the virtual eradication of native civilizations of Central America. History tells of the ultimate outcome of this contact; Robbins fills in the blanks with daily-life details as they impact both the native people and the Spaniards. When the Spaniards first landed, the Maya and Aztec populations both were thriving advanced civilizations. What went wrong? Why did the Spaniards feel compelled to eradicate these civilizations? What happened – or didn’t happen – to precipitate horrendous atrocities against the Maya and Aztec people, in the guise of introducing them to Christianity?
I was fascinated and intrigued by this book. To say I “loved” it seems somehow sadistic and xenophobic, so I will simply state that it presented historic events in so compelling a manner that it was difficult to put down the book at bed time. It is not a stretch of the imagination to envision the events related herein as being factual. As is so often the case, there were “good guys” and “bad guys” on both sides. It is truly a crying shame that so many of the good have to die because of the bad. “Maya Lord” will forever rank as one of the all-time best historical fictions it has been my pleasure and honor to read. I strongly recommend this for history buffs, but most especially for those who have been told only that “Cortez conquered the…” local people. There is so much more to the story than what you learned in High School. John Coe Robbins has done a remarkably commendable job of providing the missing details.
Posted June 22, 2012
This is a gripping historical novel that details the lives of the Mayan and their resistance to the Spanish conquistadors by following the lives of two Spanish castaways, Gonzalo and Jeronimo.
Both men are changed by their experiences and the stories of these changes detail the horrors of both the Mayan religious sacrifices and the brutality of the conquistadors.
I highly recommend this book.
Posted November 3, 2011
John Coe Robbins has created a masterpiece of historical fiction, with a unique and rich flavor absent in straight fiction, derived from his meticulous research into the lives of two Spaniards who by the hand of fate, actually lived with the Mayans. His story telling also provides colorful insight into the day-to-day life of the Mayans, as well as the apparent and the real motivations of the Spanish invaders. If you have any interest in this fascinating civilization, MAYA LORD is a must read. And if you don't, this book is still superb entertainment!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2011
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