The Well of Sacrifice

The Well of Sacrifice


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The Well of Sacrifice by Chris Eboch, Bryn Barnard

Eveningstar Macaw lives in a glorious Mayan city in the ninth century. When the king falls ill and dies, the city begins to crumble. An evil high priest, Great Skull Zero, orders the sacrifice of those who might become king, including Eveningstar's beloved brother. Suspicious of the High Priest's motives, Eveningstar attempts to save her brother, thus becoming an acknowledged enemy of the High Priest. Condemned to be thrown into the Well of Sacrifice, Eveningstar must find a way not only to save her own life but to rescue her family and her city from the tyrannical grasp of Great Skull Zero. Set against the vivid background of everyday life at the height of the Mayan golden age and illustrated with striking black-and-white paintings, Eveningstar's candid, gripping, and not-for-the-faint-of-heart account of the last days of a great city will have readers at the edge of their seats. Afterword.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395903742
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/28/1999
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 160,752
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.83(d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

 Chris Eboch is the author of over 30 books for children, including The Well of Sacrifice and the Haunted series. Visit her online at

Bryn Barnard is an author and illustrator of several books for children, including Outbreak! Plagues that Changed History and The Well of Sacrifice, which was written by Chris Eboch. Visit his online at his website at and on Twitter @brynbarnard.

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Well of Sacrifice 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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JGolomb More than 1 year ago
Chris Bloch's "Well of Sacrifice" is a fictional anthropological tour of Maya life set during the tenth century just as the Maya civilization has peaked and the mighty Mesoamerican civilzation starts to crumble. This wonderful book, targeted at 6th grade and up, is strong in historical and cultural content and makes a terrific complement to an educational program, or in preparation for travel to the Yucatan or anywhere in Central America where the Maya had significant presence. Imbued with cultural context, Bloch's narrative makes the educational content fully engaging. While Maya nobility and royalty play a key role in the story, the focus of Bloch's book is on the common people, specifically one young girl named Eveningstar Macaw, and how, through the will of her personality, changes this one Maya city. The Story is not action-filled until the last 40 pages or so, but it moves quickly and Evengstar is well-developed. She's very respectful and religious, but not blindly so. She's free-thinking and logical, while also proscribing to her deep religious foundational beliefs (sacrifices and all). Through Eveningstar, author Bloch takes the reader on a tour of Mayan society, and this what makes the book truly standout. We read about the Maya culture, religion, as well as their calendaring system. As Eveningstar finds her way through the difficulties of Mayan life, the reader learns about the society's professions, food, hobbies, trade, death rituals, medicinal and construction capabilities, and military. Bloch even builds a scene at a ball court, found at many Maya sites throughout Mesoamerica. The story concludes with a view into some of the climatological, military, religious and societal reasons as to why the Classic Maya age came to an end. Bloch takes the archaeological-based realities of Maya life, and communicates it through a strong and simple narrative. I enjoyed this book as an adult. It puts flesh on the bone of a people I know relatively little about. I'll ask my 11 and14 year olds to read it before we travel to the Yucatan and visit Chchen Itza and Tulum.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Eboch, a first time nolvelist, has made a book that is the best. Eviningstar Macaw was once a commoner then she saves her city and becomes a noble. When the king becomes sick and dies her city starts to become extinct. Then the evil high priest Great Skull Zero picks her older brother and five other nobles to be sacrificed. As she fails to save her brother she tries now to save her city. When she gets thrown in the well of sacrifice that becomes her worst obstacle. If you want more information read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a GREAT book! wow! I've always been facinated by Mayan and Aztec culture, but there was never a good novel about their daily life and culture. I recommend this book to every one. It has action, humor and romance. It's really great. I hope there is a sequel!