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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  266 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The triumphant, controversial life of the Aztec woman Malinali is one of the great and enduring legends of Mexico. A high-born Mexica heiress, she was sold into slavery as a child, and it was as a slave of the Maya that she met the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. To her, and many of the Mexica, Cortés, with his ?owing beard and pale skin, was Feathered Serpent, the god ...more
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 372 pages
Published December 2nd 2002 by Bantam Books (first published 1996)
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Wendy Bertsch
The conquistadors fancied themselves saviours, bringing Christianity to a pagan world. When their results proved too unsavoury to accept in this light, they became reviled as monsters, destroying a vulnerable ancient civilization. They were neither. And they were both.

Colin Falconer has presented a balanced, realistic narrative, showing all involved in a more sensitive and much more probable light. There was incredible brutality on both sides, but the fascinating story is relieved by sensitivity
Mona  AlvaradoFrazier
The story of Hernan Cortes invasion and conquest of the Mexica natives was an enthralling story told by several narrators, with Cortes and Malinali as the main narrators. This is primarily Malinali's (commonly named Malinche) story and her perspective is useful to understand why she did what she did.

I enjoyed the way this book was written but it did take a little readjustment in the beginning, especially with the different points of view. It does work, especially since the headings list who is t
Tara Chevrestt
Truly an educational novel. If you do not know the first thing about the Mexican conquest or Hernan Cortes and cannot stay awake for biographies or text books, give this a try. It is mostly told from Malinali's point of view, an Aztec slave to the Mayas, who believes Cortes to be a god come to stop the act of human sacrifice amongst the Mexicans. After serving as his translator and bed mate for a long period of time, she starts to realize he is not really a god, but a man hungry for power and go ...more
The book was too long and at times boring. The mechanics of good writing were fine. A few errors did not interrupt the reading flow. There was not a great deal of background on Cortes, so his character was not clearly defined. That is not the fault of the author. Through his lover, Malinali, a naturale of some Aztec descent, the story of Montezuma and Mexico City was told. She was a delightfully deceiving interpreter between the Spaniards and different Indian tribes. She and Cortes saw that thei ...more
Pauline Montagna
Five hundred years ago, the Spanish Conquistadores defeated the mighty Aztec empire. It is a story we all know well, but there is one aspect of it that is largely unknown outside Mexico: that Cortés could not have prevailed without the help of his interpreter and mistress, a native Mexican woman, Malinali. Known as La Malinche, today she is both reviled as a traitor to, and revered as the mother of, the Mexican people.

Colin Falconer has taken this complex and contradictory woman as his central
Julie Black
As author of "The Last Toltec King" and a trained historian from the Mexican National University (UNAM), I approached the novel "Aztec" by Colin Falconer with a highly critical eye. Though, after all was said and done, I found myself pleasantly surprised. Well researched with attention to historical detail, "Aztec" is a visually rich re-telling of legendary, heroic exploits, devastating treacheries, a brutal clash of cultures, and the human struggle for survival in a world filled with greed, lus ...more
Very good, wonderful historical detail

In my mind, the Aztecs have been short-changed by modern authors. There has not been enough attention to them and their interesting story. And Cortes! If ever anyone should get high marks for having ambition and bravery in spades, it's him.

Anyway, the historical details are well done in the book. Falconer almost makes you feel like you are there with the Spanish as the arrive at the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. He has created a multi-dimensional Cortes, rath
Ana Mardoll
Feathered Serpent / 0-609-61029-5

Falconer shows his genius again with this fantastic novel. The characters of Cortes, Malinali, and Motecuhzoma are brought to vivid life on the page. In careful steps, Falconer outlines how a handful of men can wreak havoc on a powerful empire - provided that they are aided by a powerful mythology, by united allies driven by a long-standing enmity, and by a detrimental caution on the part of the empire.

While I am not a student on the period in question, Falconer
Victor H Fisher Jr
Entertaining book on the conquest of Mexico and at the time one of the most important rulers Moctezuma.

Historical account of the conquest of Mexico. Narrated
through the eyes of La Malinche. She was a woman who had the ability to learn languages ended being Cortez's translator and Lover. With out her help and guidance he wouldn't have conquered the Mexica's which populated the largest city in Mesoamerica the name of the city was Tenochtitlan.
Hans Doreleyers
Good novel

the brutality by both Spanish and Aztec gives one pause. The Spanish claimed to want to stop Aztec brutality and spread the 'true' faith but they did so with an iron fist and robbed the Aztecs blind doing so. This novel reminded me of another novel of the same name by Jennings. Although I enjoyed this novel, Jenning's epic was far superior.
Maya Morikawa


Found this very interesting to begin with,but as I progressed,less so.The plot was good but could have been fleshed out a bit more.Cortes's character,apart from the fact he was crazy was a bit weak.All in all an interesting take on this period of history and has interested me to read a more factual account.
John Pitman
An excellent read; to make the reader think about the advancement of "civilization."

AZTEC is written so well that I was with Cortez, amazed by his leadership, and saddened by the cruel destruction of a civilization in the name of religion, and greed.
This book was quite good, particularly as I'm interested in South American history. As with all of Falconer's books, the historical aspect is amazing, he really has a talent for historical story telling. However, for some reason, wasn't on par with When We Were Gods, at least for me. Probably because the main female character wasn't as ambitious as Cleopatra, although she was strong. Also, the politics in WWWG was intriguing, and here it was more about war and fighting, and the senselessness of ...more
My copy of this book is titled "Aztec". I thought it would be interesting as I know virtually nothing about Cortes. However I found it very slow going. Malinali is of royal blood but has had an eventful and difficult life. She is captured by Cortes and eventually becomes his interpretor and then concubine. She thinks Cortes is the god Feathered Serpent returned to his people. I found the discussions of what was 'barbarian' interesting, and an insight into the history of the era, but the book see ...more
The only thing this sad excuse of a story has going for it is all the Mexican culture. Everything else is too rudimentary to be interesting and it's just written like if a child had decided what goes in a chapter and how it's broken up. Only reason why I'll finish it is because I'm bored and I don't want to waste whatever money I spent on this and I'm determined to labor through it
The only thing this sad excuse of a story has going for it is all the Mexican culture. Everything else is too rudimentary to be interesting and it's just written like if a child had decided what goes in a chapter and how it's broken up. Only reason why I'll finish it is because I'm bored and I don't want to waste whatever money I spent on this and I'm determined to labor through it
Zoe Saadia
A beautiful tale of conquest and the fall of the great empire.

The pace of the novel is delightful, hard to put down – a very fast read for such a large book.

From historical aspect it’s a very educational novel - both sides of the conflict are researched stunningly well.

All in all, I would highly recommend this read.
beautiful saga of the last days of the Aztec Mexico. it describes the view of Ce Malinali, Cortez and his men and Montezuma in the last two years before the fall of the Mexica.
It has romance and suspense, and a turning point, everything a good novel should have. And it was good to read. I really enjoyed it!
Valencia Krakue
Great read.

Very good book. Keeps you spellbound. Colin Falconer developed a good plot and did not ramble. Story told how Christian men went to a new land to tame savages and became barbaric like the savages themselves.
A historical fiction book about Mexico, specifically the Quetzalcoatl legend & many of the places I've visited? I was bound to love this, though I'll admit to being a little disturbed when I found myself feeling sympathetic toward Cortes.
A not particularly enthralling recounting of the true story of the Spanish conquistadors in South America. Very piecemeal with lots of jumping around between different points of view, and lots of editing errors.
Just a quick warning that this book is NOT historicaly accurate, dispite what the amazon reviews say. Besides that, its a pretty good book entertainment wise. Not as good as I thought it would be, though.

The conquest of Mexico by Cortes viewed by Doña Marina "La Malinche" is a good novel with historical references but is mainly that woman's view which is interesting. Nicely written and easy to read.
Sheila rood
Easy read. Think if you enjoyed Aztec by Gary Jennings you would enjoy this.
The historical facts remained somewhat accurate and the author only used ideals and emotions as fiction.
I love historical fiction so naturally I found this book quite entertaining. I admit that parts of it did seem to lag for me but regardless, I would still recommend it.
Matin Kheirkhahan
It was a Good read, a true page turner. If you are interested in historic novels, I totally recommend it.
Salvador Gomez
Buena novela, bien fundamentada, un poco dramatizada de mas, pero muy disfrutable en verdad.
Couldn't make it past page 100 because it sucked so much
Nicole Humphrey
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