Gods Do Not Sleep. They Just Sleep.
Having defeated the sorcerer god Smoking Mirror and reclaimed her throne, Quetzalpetlatl and her brother Topiltzin set out to found Quetzalcoatl's new holy city and end human sacrifice throughout the Toltec world.
But Smoking Mirror hasn't abandoned his own ambitions for power; with his allies-mortal and divine-threatening war among the gods, he's shifted his focus to Quetzalpetlatl and her budding magical powers. Along with her deep, personal connection to his hated enemy Quetzalcoatl, she would be the perfect addition to his ranks, if only he could convince her that she's working for the wrong side in this conflict.
And he knows the one secret that will tear apart everything she thinks she knows about her beloved god...and herself.
"By turns exhilarating, heartbreaking and always richly detailed both in character and world building, this tapestry of love, loss and war is a worthy sequel to The Bone Flower Throne." - Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award winning author of the Obsidian and Blood trilogy
"Morganfield once again takes us on a fascinating journey through Mesoamerican mythology, following Quetzlpetalatl as she discovers that her world is not what she thought it was...and neither is she." - J. Kathleen Cheney, author of The Golden City series
|Publisher:||Feathered Serpent Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Book provided by the author for review. trigger warnings: incest, self-harm, human sacrifice, violence The first book of this series was hard to read - not because it wasn't good, quite on the contrary! - but because it dealt with issues that are culturally taboo to me, namely incest. It makes for an uncomfortable love story when it's between two siblings... The thing is, it was one of those books that stay with you. I thought of it on and off between its release and this one's release. So you can say I managed to set my discomfort aside. That being said, I was much more open to enjoy this book. Quetzalpetlatl and Topiltzin finally build their holy city and rule side by side as husband and wife. Things aren't all HEA, even when Quetzalpetlatl is impregnated by the god Quetzalcoatl, and Topiltzin and her raise the boy as their own, the heir to the throne they worked so hard to attain. There are promises made to gods, promises that get in the way, battles with demons, dissent in the city... And Quetzalpetlatl growing fear that she's losing herself, turning into something... else. I must admit, I spent a lot of this book feeling frustrated. Quetzalpetlatl's actions seemed nonsensical, they put a lot of hurdles on what could have been a smoother path. If you read this book and you find yourself struggling with the same issue I beg you KEEP READING! The plot twist near the end makes ever inconsistency clear and reveals a heretofore hidden depth, in what was already a pretty deep book. I'm always astounded at the research that goes into the books of this series. There is real love for the craft here. Real care and respect for the culture being represented. And I always learn so much reading this series! I hate how I only learned about European mythology in school and university. There is such a wealth of rich cultures to be studied and appreciated... I simply cannot wait for the next (and final, ugh!) book in The Bone Flower trilogy!
The Bone Flower Queen answers questions I had after reading The Bone Flower Throne. That's not to say there was a problem with the first book, there wasn't. But, it's a trilogy, so if I hadn't had some questions I wouldn't have needed to read the second book. Right? As with the first book, when I had to put it down I was sad. Unfortunately, I was out of the country and not near internet, so my review has taken a while to get here. T.L. MorganfieldThe characters were well fleshed out in the first book and become even greater in this one. The tension between the hero & heroine is amazing and you cheer for them through the entire book despite their odd circumstances. Morganfield's mastery at setting draws you into the story so much so that you forget you're sitting in the present reading. You feel like you are walking among the Aztec culture. Although, I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, I look forward to the next book and won't have an issue spending money to get it. Morganfield is definitely an up and coming fantasy author.