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This is kind of like a summary version of Gary Jenning's Aztec. It does a good job of showing the mindset of the last of the Aztecs (although there are many factual errors, such as double-numbering calendar days). If you like this book, you will love Aztec--kind of like those old perfume clones.
The author, Jamake Highwater is a Native American. He tells the tale of the deceit, betrayal and disregard that made the conquest and slaughter of the Aztecs possible. This book is filled with stark, brutal and intense scenes that Mr. Highwater decsribes. He does a superb job in telling of the nobility and suoerstitious nature of the Aztcs and how this was manipulated by the Spanish. One of the best parts of the book is the telling of "La Noche Triste", where the Spaniards were nearly slaughtere...more
Jamake Highwater is the author of a number of books for children, including The Ceremony of Innocence, a 1985 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and I Wear the Morning Star, a 1988 IRA Young Adult Choice. Mr. Highwater lives in Hampton, CT.More about Jamake Highwater...