“Aztec” by Gary Jennings

I first heard about this book from a friend back when I was in High School. He had an amazing personal library and I just had the library. So he was always recommending me books and letting me borrow books. He had mentioned this book, but no longer had his copy. It wasn’t until about 10 years later that I actually came across this book in a used place. It was a much bigger book than I was expecting!

The story follows the character Mixtli, from when he was a child, to his teens spent traveling, and his adulthood. There isn’t so much of a “story” per se, in the sense that the book is following one event, it is following the entirety of Mixtli’s life. Following his younger years is interesting, but its his adult years that show his intelligence and cunning. It also shows the collapse of the Aztec culture with the coming of the Spaniards.

Through his whole story the ancient Aztec culture is explored, it was a remarkable civilization, but was also brutal in its belief’s. Jennings explains everything with scientific precision, so this story is definitely NOT for the light of heart. Being an Ancient History buff, this story was right up my alley (and I’m a little dark and creepy myself so …). I love learning everything about cultures, and even though this is a FICTION based on a long destroyed civilization, it is still rooted in current knowledge.

I’m sure he embellishes a lot, but it just makes for a constant page-turner. Mixtli gets himself into many, many binds where the only thing that saved him from execution or torture, was his quick thinking. Even though it kept him alive, those around him weren’t always so lucky. Aztec justice is swift and fierce and finds a way.

I also recently learned, in the past year, that this book was the first in a series, so you KNOW I’m going to be looking for the rest in the series!

Note: We also got our move in date! So hopefully mid-June I will be able to take proper pictures and finally have full access to all my books again!

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