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The Jaguar Princess

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  186 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Mixcatl's people are descended from the Olmec Jaguar Gods and she is fated for great things-both wonderful and dangerous. She can, unexpectedly and without warning, turn into a living, wild Jaguar, just as her ancestors have done since time immemorial. Once stolen into slavery, she must struggle to survive and to learn to fulfill her destiny in an Aztec culture that unders ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 443 pages
Published September 9th 1994 by Tor Books (first published 1993)
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Joey Brockert
Set in pre-Columbian Mexico, Mixcatl was enslaved, taken from her family to serve in the capital when she was six or so. She hates what is happening to her, she has not had the spunk beaten out of her yet. She sees a fellow fingering a Jaguar claw, enchants it to scratch him. She is sold in the market, resold, etc., she eventually settles in at the priest's school. She does her work, but one day she finds herself in the middle of a class, learns what they are teaching and starts to to learn how ...more
Tristan Naraine
When I saw this book, I thought it was really ancient with a really ancient, boring story. However when I actually stopped judging the book by the cover and back-cover synopsis, I became somewhat interested on how a slave became a demigod. Right?!

When I saw this book, I thought it was really ancient with a really ancient, boring story. However when I actually stopped judging the book by the cover and back-cover synopsis, I became somewhat interested on how a slave became a demigod. Right?! Also,
One of the best fantasy books I read in a long time. Why? Because it'a a quite atypical story set in the Aztek world in South America! Mixcatl is not a beautiful girl, who embrasses her magical shapeshifting powers of her heritage and wants to rule the Aztek kingdom, but instead - a disfigured girl (compared to the Aztek view on beauty), who just wants to find her people and is very afraid of her magical powers and to loose herself when she transforms. The true force behind the war of power is W ...more
I picked this up at a used book store for a dollar because the cover attracted me. And it turned out to be one of the best shapeshifter novels I have ever read!

The Jaguar Princess melds shapeshifter fantasy with historical fiction set during the Aztec Empire. Mixcatl is a young girl stolen from her jungle village to become a slave in the capital city. Her artistic talents soon come to light and she becomes a scribe. But, she another talent even more rare. She is one of the jaguar people; descend
I first read this back in late middle or early high school. I remember really, really liking it. After re-reading it, I still enjoyed it, but not as much as I had originally did. It's funny, I didn't really remember that much about the book either, just a basic plot line.

It's a good look at the Aztec nation before the arrival of the Spanish. The Aztec were extremely bloody, performed human sacrifices, and, on occasion, ate part of the remains from those sacrifices (though it was limited to the w
This book is so brilliant. Whenever I read it, I always think it would be great for my seventh grade history students, as a way of seeing the Aztec world, with reference to earlier Olmec civilizations. The descriptions of glyph painting, bark-paper, the calendar and sacred round, the naming system, the religion and the gods -- and sacrifices -- are all fantastic. Then I remember that a) the fantastic elements (a race of were-jaguars descended from the Olmecs) and the b) the length, preclude its ...more
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My review is specifically for the e-reads edition (with the jaguar-spots background). It is chock-full of misspellings, miscapitalizations, mispunctuations, typos, accidental paragraph breaks in the middle of sentences, no paragraph breaks when we switch POV characters and skip two years, sentences that are just plain gibberish.... it's a mess. I was only able to get through about 40 pages of it before giving up in disgust. No idea what another edition would be like, but I don't have high hopes ...more
A young slave girl brought to Tenochtitlán as the Aztec empire rises discovers she has mystical powers and must find a way to survive the increasingly bloody Aztec religion based on human sacrifice.
I remember really liking this book when I was younger, but my reaction this time around has been pretty lukewarm.
Entertaining enough, I guess, so I'm giving it at least 2 stars. Terrible characterization, silly plot and cultural appropriation (with vague Christian overtones) were pretty hard to overlook this time though.
I was expecting a YA quality of book and was surprised to find it much more mature. It's clean and fairly quick to read. Not sure I'd read it again though, hence the loss of a star. Another was lost for leaving the ending rather open. I thought it might be the first in a series.
Jaime Contreras
I liked this weird blend of fantasy and history. it is the tale of Mixcatl, an Olmec princess and high priestess of the 'shape-changers. We are taken to the Aztec capital of tenochtitlan and learn of a plot to kill her and her kind. the pre-Columbian fantasy tale is worth the read.
She's pretty awful at writing dialogue, but the subject matter is interesting enough to stick with it. You don't see a lot of pre-conquistador Aztec fiction out there!
Chelsea Malcolm
This book was fascinating to me! Read it first in 7th or 8th grade. I really liked that it was about the ancient Incan culture.
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I had liked Clare Bell's Clan series . Ii simply love big cats. But somehow, I wanted more in the book than I got.
This is one I adored when I was younger.
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