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The Fall of the Empire (The Rise of the Aztecs #5)

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Having just been advanced into the ranks of the first-class traders, Etl thought his life could not get any better. He was a trader of the Tepanec Empire, living in the Great Capital itself. Yes, there had been a war, an outright revolt by the united tributaries and other subdued nations of his beloved city-state, but those would be squashed easily. The Tepanecs were alway ...more
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Published March 17th 2013
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Zoe Saadia
Feb 27, 2014 Zoe Saadia rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"The Fall of the Empire" is the first book in The Triple Alliance Trilogy, a continuation of the Rise of the Aztecs Series, the last trilogy in the "Mesoamerican Saga".
It's closing a chapter in the turbulent pre-contact history of the Mexican Valley, when what we know as the famous "Aztec Empire" came to be, leaving hardly a memory of their predecessors, of those who ruled the Mexican Valley before them.

The year is 1428 and the Tepanec Empire is still strong, still ruling many lands and city-st
Elizabeth Rubinsky
Mar 17, 2013 Elizabeth Rubinsky rated it it was amazing
Empire falls, ;long live the empire - this pretty much sums up this book. One great empire falls, the other takes its place.

I enjoyed this read very much. The politics of 15th century Mesoamarica, its history and customs, woven so skillfully with the human element of every place and every culture. People, like any other people, with their own customs and traditions, but still regular people, no different from us with their needs and desires are featured throughout this story.

The different points
Roderick Low
Jul 19, 2013 Roderick Low rated it it was amazing
What good literature is all about.

When all is said and done, what makes a satisfying novel? What are the qualities one wants to retain? Well, of course it must be a good story. Writers are, above all, story tellers, and if the impression that the writer doesn’t quite know where he or she is going dawns on the reader after a few pages, it is unlikely to turn out to be a good book. Secondly, it must be well written. In the Pandora’s Box of good things that have come out of the eBook publishing rev
Oct 10, 2013 Mirella rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction novels that sweep me into different eras and cultures to re-live and experience life as it was back then. Zoe Saadia’s novel, The Fall of the Empire does that just. It is set in the 12th to 13th century during the Tepanec Empire in what we know as Mexico today. Slaves, warriors, traders, and emperors abound in a tale of love, survival, and revenge. At the heart of the story are Etl, a trader who overhears a band of soldiers planning to overthrow the emperor, and young T ...more
B. Wilson
Apr 03, 2014 B. Wilson rated it really liked it
Just finished reading "Fall of The Empire", book one in the “Triple Alliance” series. What an exciting read! A tale of adventure, royal intrigue and hard fought romance. Zoe Saadia is unique among her peers, a head above the rest in genre, style and expertise. Her novels will carry you away into the history and culture of pre-columbian, meso-america, a subject for which she is expertly qualified. Don't miss out! Add “Fall of The Empire to your reading list. I know you will enjoy it as much as I ...more
E.L. Lindley
Aug 15, 2015 E.L. Lindley rated it it was amazing
The Fall of the Empire is the 5th book in The Rise of the Aztecs’ series and, as with the previous four; Zoe Saadia captivates the reader from the very onset and leaves us craving more. Despite the fact that this book is part of a series, Saadia allows enough back story so that it could easily be enjoyed as a standalone read.

One of the things I like best about Saadia’s novels is that, even though they reflect a very male dominated, patriarchal world, she really makes her female characters count
Antoinette Ouellette
Mar 31, 2013 Antoinette Ouellette rated it it was amazing
This series's has taken me to the beginning of a great civilization in a way that all of my historic books could not do..It gave me eyes to the past in the ways of their culture..the strength and ideas of each nation ,they way a life was given to strengthen their gods ,as a natural thing ,one place in the world could change only by the whims of those chosen to greatness .A strong will.. A strong need for revenge and retribution could change entire nations..a time when compassion was hidden and s ...more
Liza Perrat
Feb 12, 2014 Liza Perrat rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction that sweeps me back to times I know nothing about; that allows me to experience life as it was then, and The Fall of the Empire does just that. I read, and immensely enjoyed, this final book of Zoe Saadia’s Rise of the Aztec series, as a standalone story.

Set in the Tepanec Empire, or today’s Mexico, this is an action-packed adventure story of revenge, survival and love, featuring slaves, warriors, traders and emperors. It begins with the trader, Etl, overhearing a band
Zichao Deng
Aug 26, 2013 Zichao Deng rated it it was amazing
This is an interesting contrast to the previous books in the series, in that a lot of the action is centred around the commoners rather than the largely aristocratic characters that have been the staple of the previous episodes in the series. Suddenly we get a whole new perspective on events, and are brought face to face with the fact that the servants and tradesmen that were mere extras in the previous novels are, if anything, more profoundly affected than the original protagonists.

The story fo
Larry B Gray
Sep 19, 2013 Larry B Gray rated it it was amazing
The Fall of the Empire by Zoe Saadia is another great historical fiction dealing with the rise of the Aztecs as the dominate force in the Mesoamerican era of Mexico. It is action packed, full of intrigue and adventure.

I have really enjoyed reading all four of the author’s books of this series because of her unique storytelling style. This one is no exception. The author did a great job of developing a tale that continued to build on each of the previous books in the series. I really like the way
Jerry Beller
Jul 19, 2013 Jerry Beller rated it it was amazing

I learned of Zoe Saadia in late 2012. I read the first book in the Rise of the Aztec Series, Highlander, in January of 2013. While I have read over 45 books during the first six-plus months of this year, I delightfully returned to Ms. Saadia’s work every chance that I got. I was rewarded with four 5-Star books in The Rise of the Aztecs series, prior to reaching this one.

I am pleased to report that FALL OF THE EMPIRES lives up to the high expectations that I have o
S. Stoner
Dec 04, 2013 S. Stoner rated it it was amazing
The Perfect End to The Series, and A Great Beginning to the Next Era... More please!

Focusing less on the elite and more on the common people without losing the characters of her previous Rise of the Aztecs series, The Fall of the Empire introduces two new and compelling characters, Etl the trader and Tlali, the object of his affections. One learns, however, that these two are anything but "common," or, perhaps that the sense of nobility and revenge are not confined to the elite. Once again, set
Jun 29, 2013 Vik rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, historical
Really enjoyed this, fiction books set in this historical period are rare and this one is well executed. Zoe points out that the events depicted are researched for accuracy so if you like historical novels then you will like this.

The plot revolves around the fall of a once mighty empire by the upstart Aztecs and their allies. The views of both sides are expressed through the characters and Zoe also throws in a naive love interest, you will occasionally feel like slapping some sense into her but
Oct 06, 2014 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Skillfully and artfully done. A joy to read and ponder.
Daryl Williams
Jun 11, 2014 Daryl Williams rated it it was amazing
Ms Saadia has once again written a masterpiece! As she develops the characters, you feel their struggles, their happiness, their sadness, or their joy. Not only do I gain an understanding of the cultures involved but I believe it also helps me to understand human nature..
Groovie Zen
May 21, 2013 Groovie Zen rated it it was amazing
Glad for this book. The last book in the Aztec series left it all in the air, so it's good to have it all rounded up, to see that the empire came to life at last. Also was nice to see where some of the characters went
Sep 23, 2013 Flosi rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Keeping with history
Even though it was the last of the series, I enjoyed the story based on the conflicts between the Meso-American cities. The area has been of interest toe for years.
Aug 13, 2014 Martin rated it it was amazing
good continuation series, but should be read with the previous ones
Sandra Crow
Apr 15, 2014 Sandra Crow rated it it was amazing
great one and the both sequels too
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Zoe Saadia is the author of several novels of pre-Columbian Americas. From the glorious pyramids of Tenochtitlan to the fierce democrats of the Great Lakes, her novels bring long-forgotten history, cultures and people to life, tracing pivotal events that brought about the greatness of Meso and North America.

Having researched various pre-contact cultures of this continent for more than a decade, s
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