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Demon of the Air (Aztec Murder Mystery #1)

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  111 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Mexico-Tenochtitlan, in the year Twelve-House: the vast, teeming city of the Aztecs at the height of its glory. sacrificial victim up the steps of the Great Pyramid to celebrate the Festival of the Raising of Banners. at the ritual slaughter of the so-called Flowery Death. Yaotl's only worry is how to explain it to his master. questions about the sorcerers who have vanishe ...more
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Published February 1st 2005 by Pocket Books
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Richard Derus
Sep 08, 2014 Richard Derus rated it liked it
Rating: 3.25* of five

The Publisher Says: Mexico-Tenochtitlan, in the year Twelve-House: the vast, teeming city of the Aztecs at the height of its glory. sacrificial victim up the steps of the Great Pyramid to celebrate the Festival of the Raising of Banners. at the ritual slaughter of the so-called Flowery Death. Yaotl's only worry is how to explain it to his master. questions about the sorcerers who have vanished from his impregnable prison, Yaotl realises he needs answers soon. threaten the fu
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Pete Jones
Oct 15, 2014 Pete Jones rated it it was ok
Let’s just cut to the quick: this is pedestrian mystery acted out by stereotyped characters in an exotic venue and time. The story contains “as few Nahuatl words as possible” according to the author favoring clarity at the expense of strict accuracy. Also for our benefit the author admits that, “I have…been similarly cavalier in choosing English replacements for most of the frequently recurring personal names.” This is his justification for referring to the emperor as Montezuma “although Motechz ...more
Bobbie N
SUMMARY: In this first of the series, the Aztec Emperor Montezuma is troubled by dreams and rumors about pale strangers appearing in the east, and turns to soothsayers for guidance. When the soothsayers suddenly vanish and the Chief Minister is suspected of knowing more than he has told, Montezuma calls upon the Chief Minister’s slave, Yaotl, to spy on his master and locate the soothsayers. COMMENTS: A well-crafted, gripping mystery with characters that are easy to relate to and a thoroughly-res ...more
Brett
Jan 16, 2016 Brett rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this off the "recommended shelf" at the library, but what a mistake that turned out to be. I thought it was terrible. The only good thing about my checking it off the recommended shelf is perhaps the book will now go into general circulation and subsequent library patrons will not be duped into picking it up as a "recommended read."
Dark-Draco
Sep 04, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-fiction
This is something a little bit different. It's a mystery thriller, but set in the Ancient world of the Aztecs. Yaotl is a slave, asked to solve the mysterious disappearence of some sourcerers by the Emperor. Only he soon realises that to do so is to go agaist his Masters wishes. Murder, kidnapping and beatings soon follow.

It's a good story, bloodthirsty in places (such as the blow by blow account of the human sacrifices on top of the God's pyramids) and will keep you reading until the end. My on
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Megan
This could be confusing because there was so much to cover: unfamiliar setting and customs plus the mystery, plot, and characters. But overall I enjoyed it and will pursue the next.
Christian
Jul 28, 2013 Christian rated it liked it
A solid if not spectacular historical mystery novel, interesting primarily for the exotic setting (Aztec city two years before the arrival of the Spaniards). Would recommend it to any fan of historical mysteries who may want a change of pace from the more commonly employed setting of medieval Europe.
Kathleen McRae
Jul 23, 2011 Kathleen McRae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book although some of it was a bit unbelievable. I liked the character set in Mexico in 1517 but using todays expressions and speech patterns. it made it an easy read and much as it is hard to reconcile a slave having that kind of freedom perhaps it was true in montezumas time
Susan
Mar 05, 2010 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Some good writing, but also some discomfortingly casual cannibalism. Definitely not a usual setting for a novel, and it's always interesting to watch an author try to make the very odd seem everyday.
Lana Kamennof-sine
Sep 05, 2011 Lana Kamennof-sine rated it liked it
Filled with historically accurate info. Fascinating glimpse into the way state & religion operated.
(wished it had been available when I was doing my grade 5 project on the Aztecs ;-) )
Sharon
Jul 29, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was intresting to read of a murder mystery with a setting in a diffrent culture to what I am use to. Wouldn't mind reading the rest.
Chris
May 27, 2013 Chris rated it did not like it
Uninspiring and slow. Not a book I would recommend and certainly not inclined to purchase the sequel. Found in the bargain bin and should have left it there.
Gigi
Oct 31, 2007 Gigi rated it really liked it
One of the most striking, unique, humorous openings of any historical mystery (first page available at Amazon.com). The Aztec setting was fascinating.
Lynn
Jun 30, 2012 Lynn rated it liked it
Passable plot and the setting is well developed. But the prose is pedestrian and the minor plot inconsistencies are annoying
Suzanne
Jul 06, 2013 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty good but not great. Enjoyed the historical element. Interesting that the author is British.
David Richardson
Mar 13, 2010 David Richardson rated it liked it
Nice mystery set in Aztec times. I thought the ending was a little flat, but that is just me.
Héctor Espinoza
Aug 15, 2013 Héctor Espinoza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simplemente increíble. Bien contado, emocionante, divertido. Si tienen oportunidad, léanlo.
Nikki
Nov 21, 2012 Nikki rated it it was ok
Hard to finish. You don't get to know any of the characters in depth, so the reading is static.
Karen
Jul 18, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
A who-done-it with a twist ... it's set in Mexico at the time of the Aztecs.
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Simon Levack is a British author of historical mystery novels set in Precolumbian Mexico on the eve of the Spanish colonization of the Americas and feature as the protagonist Yaotl, a fictitious slave to Tlilpotonqui, the Cihuacóatl or chief minister in the Aztec state of Tenochtitlan under Hueyi Tlatoani, or Emperor, Moctezuma II. Demon of the Air won the Debut Dagger Award, given by the UK Crim ...more
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