New Fire

New Fire Drought has taken a terrible toll on the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan but worse is still to come It is the final days of the sacred calendar and the New Fire must be lit to appease the gods and keep a

  • Title: New Fire
  • Author: Philip Dickinson
  • ISBN: 9781781487891
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • Drought has taken a terrible toll on the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, but worse is still to come It is the final days of the sacred calendar and the New Fire must be lit, to appease the gods and keep an apocalypse at bay.Meanwhile, war and dark politics are at work The high priest hatches a devious plot to undermine Tlacaelel, the ruler s brother, and break the stranglehoDrought has taken a terrible toll on the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, but worse is still to come It is the final days of the sacred calendar and the New Fire must be lit, to appease the gods and keep an apocalypse at bay.Meanwhile, war and dark politics are at work The high priest hatches a devious plot to undermine Tlacaelel, the ruler s brother, and break the stranglehold of the burgeoning secular state.Tlacaelel has other worries on his mind The empire needs to expand into the lush and fertile coastal lands to feed its starving people, but Chalco, the Mexica s rival state stands in the way As the crucial battle looms, Tlacaelel must persuade his brother Moctezuma and the Great Council to sanction a new and bloody kind of war against Chalco, one that puts victory and the lives of his warriors above the relentless hunger of the gods.One young warrior is caught up in the high priest s conspiracy and has to stay alive long enough to rescue a friend and unmask the traitor.

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    1. Interesting book, detailing life in the time of the Mexica told through the exploits of Jaguar. More than a little confusing to start with because the characters are referred to by both their "common" name as well as their Mexica name. There is no explanation within the text that when someone mentions Zatepanpahtli they are referring to the character previously introduced as Last Medicine. Again, reading on the kindle meant that I didn't know there was an index equating each set of names until I [...]

    2. A spectacular sweeping epic that is nothing short of an amazing achievement by an outstanding writerThis unforgettable historical novel blew me away, with the lavish details that made it such a visionary masterpiece and haunting tale for the soul. Incredibly well written and expertly crafted this is a novel of substance and scope, with a character-driven plot containing such profound depth. What struck me most were the sacrifice, honor, courage and bond of friendship that shines through the exqu [...]

    3. This is not your easy breezy beach read. This is an epic. It is a valiant story, simultaneously combining the friendship of two young men coming of age, the age-old saga of forbidden love, the ancient struggle between church and state, and the classic tale of honor and courage, all of which come together in a rolling boil at the end. This is not your average fast food hamburger; this is a seven course mealwith dessertd a bottle of wine. Throughout the journey, I found myself hoping the antagonis [...]

    4. A fun story set early in the history of the Aztec Empire. A good feel for the setting, reasonably detailed plot, although the writing itself is uneven. Worth reading

    5. This is a well written, fast paced adventure set in the time of the Aztecs. The book is rich in detail about the people and the culture of the time, and the carefully crafted plot is woven around both the political manoeuvrings of the religious elite, and the lives of the ordinary individuals who get caught in the crossfire. Central to all of it is the ritual of the New Fire, the transition from the end of one calendar to the beginning of the next, upon which the fate of world depends. Facing a [...]

    6. "New Fire" by Philip Dickinson is an amazing achievement in historical fiction about a time and a culture that is hugely neglected in history lessons in both Europe and America, a rich culture before colonization. Dickinson describes in rich detail the society of 15th century Mexico, its tribal structure, the power struggles between the clans and the priesthood, the astrologers, the rituals of human sacrifice, the life of the warriors, games and many more aspects of the life of the people that w [...]

    7. This is a work of well-researched fiction but it does present life in the Mexica (often called Aztec) empire about 50 years before Cortez. Several historical figures are woven into the narrative. The author has an eye for details including the physical descriptions of characters, clothing (especially colorful garments made of feathers), and the grandeur of buildings. The natural world (lakes, plants, weather) is described in both sight and sound. Every day life revolved around the many gods and [...]

    8. Great book from this first time author (no for long though with the second in the series being worked on!)The world Dickinson created was completely believable and at times, very visceral. It was easy to smell and sense the world he was describing. To feel the tension of the situations people found themselves in and the chaos of the fights many of the characters find themselves in.I was impressed by how a I was able to be in a world that in truth I know little about. Dickinson manages a difficul [...]

    9. The author has painted a vivid picture of the brutal world of the emerging Aztec culture. It is a period of history I haven't looked at since my schooldays so I cannot vouch for its accuracy, but the story is compelling and the characters well drafted. I was a little confused at times by the switching back and forwards between Nuatyl and English versions of the character names, and an introductory map might have helped. Also not convinced by the bookend stories concerning the children. However, [...]

    10. This is an accomplished first novel. It gets off to rather a slow start, perhaps because of the need to set the scene in 15th century Mexico, but the political intrigue soon kicks in and makes for a compelling story. Clearly the author must have done tons of research, but the real strength of the novel is not in the historical detail, but in the authenticity of the characters. I look forward to the next book with interest.

    11. An interesting read about the Aztecs and how they lived. It follows the life of a young warrior as he experiences life, love and brutal sacrifice. The conflicts between warring tribes, and between the priests and warriors is graphically described and brought to life with an open and confident style of writing. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    12. A novel on an epic scale which had me beginning chapter after chapter, after promising myself 'Just one more!'. The characters were varied and complex, with understandable motivations, and the Aztec setting an interesting one.

    13. I was lucky enough to win this in the first reads giveaway.It's not my usual style of book,but I enjoyed it a lot.I found the Aztec life very interesting.It's an incredibly well written book and I recommend it

    14. A dark and intregging story about an ancient civilization and their customs. A must read for history buffs.

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