"For as long as the world shall endure, the honor and the glory of Mexico-Tenochtitlan must never be forgotten."

~ Chimalpahin Quauhtlehuanitzin



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Book review: Aztec by Gary Jennings

Frypania Book Review: Aztec by Gary Jennings 

In my opinion at least 

Ok, so if you've read this blog for some time, you'd probably know that I really like historical fictions books, especially Mesoamerican themed ones. This book was exactly that. It was a narrative of the Aztec empire at its height and of the spanish conquest. Of course, you can't trust a fiction book for facts, but this novel reads like a thriller and even though it's a bit long (754 pages) it's totally worth is, especially if you like history. 

First of all, I'm going to warn you that the book has a LOT of adult content. Not just violence but other stuff too....... just to let you know. If you're not prepared for it you may end up getting: !!!!!!!!
So watch out. 

The book's main character is named Mixtli (how sexylicious
He's Mexica and lives in some Mexica town, not in Tenochtitlan, but he does go to Tenochtitlan. 
The book is told from his point of view and he basically narrates his life to some random spanish people. 

He gets to be a pochtecatl (a merchant) and do cool stuff like go to the Mayan lands. It talks about his life during the spanish conquest and colonial time too. It talks about how his people were devastated by smallpox and all those diseases. That was sad...... 

Mixtli gets to meet people that had important roles in the spanish conquest (including cortes himself, you know, that fat guy with no life). He even meant Malintzin. Yes. So now you have to read it because you're dying of suspense. 

Don't forget that this book is part of a series, and that it is very rare of me to post a nice critique about a book instead of a mean one (lol like with this post on the school for good and evil)
Have fun reading it!!

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