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Shadow of the Lords

Aztec Mysteries (Volume 2)

Simon Levack

Minotaur Books

Mexico, 1517. The Aztec capital is awash with fear and rumors. A strange figure has been seen running through the streets. A being with the face of a snake, his body covered with glittering green plumage: Quetzalcoatl---the Feathered Serpent. Is it an omen? Or is it the god himself, come to warn of impending disaster?
            Yaotl, the chief minister's slave, has more immediate matters to worry about than omens and portents. Engaged in a desperate search for his son, he's on the run from his vengeful master, the all-powerful Lord Feathered-in-Black. If the chief minister catches him, Yaotl can expect a grisly fate.
            Attempting to escape his master's bloodthirsty warriors, Yaotl stumbles upon a dismembered, unrecognizable corpse. As he pieces together the clues to who the dead man was and how he died, Yaotl finds himself drawn into an affair of greed, jealousy, and lust among the ancient, secretive society of the feather workers, the Aztecs' foremost craftsmen. And, as he is to discover, the answers to those clues will provide the key to the search for his son.
But before he can solve the mystery, Yaotl will need his wits about him simply to stay alive---for Lord Feathered-in-Black and his henchmen are never far away....
 
"An exhilarating, fast-paced tale . . . plenty of plot, well-rounded characters, and some black humor to make this second book a delight."
---Historical Novels Review

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Shadow of the Lords
ONE DEATH1'Listen!' my brother cried. Mamiztli - 'the Mountain Lion' - was staring across the lake towards the island and city of Mexico. 'Yaotl, what was that noise?''Daybreak', I said shortly.For the first time in an eventful night, I noticed that the water surrounding us was no longer black. The lake's surface had caught the deep blue of an early morning sky. It was going to be a crisp winter's day, hailed by a yellow-white radiance spreading through the thin haze that veiled the eastern horizon. Mist blanketed the mountains surrounding the valley, and swirled around the
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  • Simon Levack

  • Simon Levack grew up in a small town in England. He was trained in the legal profession, but now writes full time. He has had a long-standing interest in Mesoamerican history, especially the Aztecs, triggered by reading Inga Clendinnen's book Aztecs: An Interpretation.  He lives in London with his wife and son.
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    Aztec Mysteries

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