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Aztec Blood (Aztec #3)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,226 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
The third volume in Gary Jennings' historical epic that began with Aztec and Aztec Autumn.

In this colorful and exciting era of swords and cloaks, upheaval and revolution, a young beggar boy, in whose blood runs that of both Spanish and Aztec royalty must claim his birthright. From the torrid streets of the City of the Dead along the Veracruz Coast to the ageless glory of
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Paperback, 768 pages
Published August 19th 2002 by Tor Books (first published August 18th 2001)
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Fred
Aug 08, 2011 Fred rated it really liked it
A great book, but the original Aztec novel remains THE masterpiece.
Joy Pérez
Apr 21, 2013 Joy Pérez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sangre Azteca de Gary Jennings es una novela que nos cuenta la historia de Cristo, "el Bastardo".
Está ambientada en 1600, aproximadamente y es un escrito que Cristo hace para los inquisidores que lo están torturando para descubrir un secreto.
Lamentablemente, Cristo es un mestizo y en esas épocas no había derechos para esa casta. Por lo que las personas que nacían con esa condición eran tratados como animales. Se les llama léperos.
"Todos somos humanos", es una frase que es muy utilizada en el
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Jason Golomb
First, I have to confess that I'm a big fan of Gary Jennings. Whatever one thinks of his early work (i.e. what was published while he was still alive), it's broad in scope, rich in detail, and absolutely epic. What really grabs me, though, is his intricacy and the texture he's able to draw across his broad landscapes.

"Aztec Blood" is the first of several books (and more on the way) written based on notes and outlines and published after his death. While "Aztec Blood" (the third in his "Aztec" se
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Elaine
Jan 15, 2012 Elaine rated it really liked it
1600's in New Spain

Mestizo-mixed Spanish and Indio blood.

El Cid was born Rodrigo (or Ruy) Díaz de Vivar. Vivar being the town where he was born. It is near Burgos. He was born either in 1040 or 1043. Historians are not sure of the date. He died in Valencia in 1099. His name, "El Cid" was given to him by the Moors. In the mixture of the Spanish and Arabic language they used, they called him "As-Sid" (Lord or Chief). This was pronounced by the Spaniards as "El Cid", but they themselves actually c
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Reynold Levocz
Feb 29, 2016 Reynold Levocz rated it really liked it
A little long in the tooth but the twist and turns in the final chapters are worth the effort.
Tim
Dec 15, 2016 Tim rated it it was amazing
An action packed book that keeps one guessing what's next. It's a fun read, and it's not overly sexed like Aztec. Jennings is a master writer that takes us into another place and time.
Iceman
Dec 28, 2012 Iceman rated it it was amazing
Gary Jennings, autor reconhecido em todo o mundo como um dos melhores autores do género romance histórico, era um homem muito erudito que levava a cabo intensas e rigorosas pesquisas antes de escrever os seus livros.

Falecido em 1999, Jennings deixou ao mundo um conjunto de obras aclamadas pela crítica, entre as quais “Asteca” que comporta as obras, em Portugal, “Orgulho Asteca” e “Sangue Asteca”, dois volumes.

Fascinado pelos Astecas, Gary viveu durante 12 anos no México. Aprendeu espanhol antigo
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Nick
Mar 27, 2013 Nick rated it it was ok
Aiyo! Two stars is the lowest rating I can give and still want to finish the book. Dios Mio, I wanted to finish this book some of the times; other times, it was a real struggle. (I'll let off with the Spanish/Nahuatl expletives, but imagine a few more of them and you get the idea of the book's tone.)

I read the first Aztec many years ago, and remember loving the intricate lost world Jennings created as well as the fascinating multicultural perspective that squarely places the brutal Spanish conq
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Jan
Oct 12, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it
I always love stories about the Aztec's. I love to read about the culture, the people. the sites. I enjoy a writer who can describe the scene well. This author does that, one can almost smell the jungle and feel the whip as it falls from the Spaniards. However, who actually wrote this book? Cover states that this book was written, after Gary Jennings death from his notes, and by a ghost writer or writers.

Interesting follow up to the other books. Too much mushy romance in this one, and several st
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Rodrigo Campos
El tercer libro de la serie de Gary Jennings, perdió fuerza histórica (por decirlo de alguna manera) y se hizo completamente novela. Por supuesto eso no es malo, sólo diferente a sus antecesores.

Según lo que he leído, el sr. Jennings murió antes de terminar este libro, por lo que alguien más (hijos, editores o alguien) encontró los manuscritos y los utilizaron para editar el libro; lo cual queda perfectamente comprobado con el final del libro.

Diferente a los finales intensos y tristes de Azteca
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Miguel Seguame
Oct 02, 2013 Miguel Seguame rated it really liked it
Después de leer que esta historia fue maquilada con los borradores que dejó Gary tras su muerte me temía no encontrar una historia tan enganchante como el primer libro; Por fortuna me equivoqué, ya que la historia de Cristo "el bastardo", mestizo de la Nueva España, logra evocar en la memoria una pantanosa Veracruz, polvorosa Zacatecas y magnifica Ciudad de México con algunas menciones de la vida en Sevilla.

Aunque las lineas temporales no tienen mucha relación, se entremezclan eventos históricos
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Pa
May 21, 2008 Pa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in cliff-hanging adventure tales and/or the Aztecs or Spanish inquisition
This book (published posthumously) is the tale of an early 17th century Spanish/indio boy in New Spain and his frequent picaresque (in Spanish = picaro) compadre. The author is well versed in both the Spanish and Aztec culture of the period. This is an exciting read with many hair-raising adventures (far more than any real person could ever hope to survive). Some interesting insights into the cultures of the time (including the Spanish inquisition) and of the multilayered society in both the New ...more
Jorge Arnulfo
Mar 24, 2014 Jorge Arnulfo rated it really liked it
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Farhana Faruq
Dec 16, 2014 Farhana Faruq rated it it was amazing
Another book where I unfortunately haven't read the first two! Oh well.

I had mixed thoughts the first half of the book on whether I liked it or not, but now done..I think it's awesome! The story is very interesting and so are the characters.

I quite enjoyed Jennings writing style and look forward to reading more by him.

This story covers the early 17th century Spanish and Aztec culture. VERY interesting! It also includes information about the Spanish inquisition and how society in both the New W
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Val n.n
Jan 19, 2016 Val n.n rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
definitivamente quede muy satisfecha con la novela. He de admitir que no soy muy seguidora de las novelas históricas e incluso tienden o a confundirme o aburrirme, pero pff... simplemente esta tan bien unido todo lo que nos cuentan (históricamente) que creo que he aprendido más en estas páginas que en todas las clases de historia de México que he tenido en mi vida.
Uno llega a encariñarse tanto con los personajes que te duelen sus partidas y logras entenderlos. Y a lo largo del libro encuentras f
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Samuel Flores
Jul 24, 2014 Samuel Flores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ne encantó el libro, solo que Cristo el bastardo termina por adoptar su mitad de sangre mas poderosa en ese momento y decide ser un portador de espuelas mas que un orgulloso Azteca.

me identifico con cristo el bastardo por que a pesar de no tener la culpa de quien es, su pasado y herencia lo hace hacer perseguido y hacer todo tipo de cosas para sobrevivir llegando hasta ser bandido, una novela que nos hace reflexionar de como la sociedad puede etiquetar a las personas solo por su origen y como lo
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George Pantoja
Jul 16, 2011 George Pantoja rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novela-historica
La historia de Cristo el Bastardo, es la de un pícaro que vive en la época de la colonia y se vuelve un bribón y un caballero gracias a la voz de todos los mentores que ha tenido a lo largo de su vida. El libro está narrado de una manera fácilmente digerible y aporta una gran idea de lo que era la vida de las personas en la época que México era Nueva España.
Me encanta la idea de saber que éste libro ha recibido malas críticas por ser considerado peor que el otro libro del autor "Azteca", lo que
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Jaime Contreras
Gary Jennings' third book in his Aztec series follows the story of Cristobal (descendant of Mixtli and Tenamaxtli, the heroes of the 1st and 2nd books, respectively). The setting is New Spain during the late-16 century. Its is much bawdier than the first two and moves slower. There is a of of history and literature references in this one. Still, it is a colorful romp during the first century of Mexico after the Spanish Conquest. I enjoyed the return to old Mexico.
Doug DePew
Mar 27, 2011 Doug DePew rated it really liked it
"Aztec Blood" is my least favorite of the series, but it is still a wonderful book. It's hard to create characters like Mixtli in the original Aztec again. They're once in a lifetime. It does, however, do a great job of leading us deeper into the Spanish occupation of Mexico. Jennings's research still shines, and he brings some little known historical incidents into this book and weaves a fascinating story. It's a book well worth reading.
Frank van Kalmthout
Jul 30, 2011 Frank van Kalmthout rated it really liked it
Not as good as Gary Jenning's original Aztec, but a great, swashbuckling adventure tale with lots of passion, violence, blood, and a good measure of sex thrown in. The friendship between the main character, Christobal, and Mateo adds a humorous touch. The depiction of New Spain a century after the conquest (early 1600s), if accurate, is of a society undergoing nothing less than genocide. A horrible, cruel, nightmare of a place.
Luis Fernando Mata Licón
Gary Jennings did a terrific job investigating in order to write the Aztec series, but sometimes I get tired of his all-invincible characters, specially on this one, the protagonist can do whatever he wants and he's good at everything, I don't personally like that. The world is great, Jennings really knows how to take you to the Colonial Mexico, but his character made me don't really like this book.
Ethan Cramer
Nov 25, 2015 Ethan Cramer rated it really liked it
This was the first book I read during NTC, and it was actually quite an enjoyable read. Gary Jennings (or whoever it was who wrote this book, as Jennings died in 1999) creates an interesting and foreign world in early 17th century New Spain, and that ultimately is more a pro than his weird sex descriptions are a con. I'll have to read/reread more of this guy's works.
Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
Jan 18, 2016 Juan Bárcenas Cuellar rated it it was amazing
Siempre me han cautivado las historias sobre la Conquista y mas cuando incorporan la intolerancia de la religión"salvadora". La inquisición y sus practicas denigrantes, la impotencia de un pueblo sometido y desgraciado y todos los entornos que retratan la avaricia del conquistador, son el común denominador de este relato. Lo disfrute muchísimo
Barefootinthedirt
Sep 14, 2009 Barefootinthedirt rated it liked it
Shelves: series
This was definitly better than the 2nd book, but not nearly as captivating as the first. After realizing that the 2nd - 5th books are written by a ghost writer after the death of Gary Jennings, its makes a bit more sense.

The character was more interesting and the style was closer to that of the first book. I will go on to read the next one, but I am disappointed after loving Aztec so much.
Tony
Jan 10, 2014 Tony rated it it was amazing
I thought it was very good, although it was fiction it provided a lot of historical background.

I am not certain how accurate the historical details were, but I know it felt very accurate and authenticate. Those type of historical details really enriched the story to a point that I found myself googling facts of that era.
VWrulesChick
What does a mezito do in New Spain, when he does not know his father and his mother disappears? Follow Cristobal the Bastardo on the people he meets, the misadventures that may and may not answer his life's questions as his life unfolds through the streets of Veracruz, and beyond.
Mariana
Terribly bad book. A poor tribute to Aztec, I'm sure Gary Jennings would have not liked the end result had he been alive to witness this pathetic book. Mr Jennings did not write this book which explains why it is so appallingly bad.
Blanca Ivonne Montaño Rodriguez
Libro muy fantasioso. Algo forzado, hay que aceptar que si te entretiene la historia pero de verdad es muy dificil de creer. En fin, el autor no termino el libro, podemos atribuirle a eso el resultado.
Clarisa Rodriguez
Jan 16, 2013 Clarisa Rodriguez rated it liked it
This book kept going on and on. It felt to me Jennings tried really hard to make this book as good as its predecessors unfortunately fell very short following the thrilling story line previous books had and extremely predictable.
Cameron
May 23, 2012 Cameron rated it liked it
The story is good, but the depth seems to be thinner. Its a post-Gary book. He may have done the research, compiled the notes, even outlined Aztec 3, but he didnt write it and it shows. Its still a very good story, just not real Jennings.
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Gary Jennings led a paradoxically picaresque life. On one hand, he was a man of acknowledged intellect and erudition. His novels were international best sellers, praised around the world for their stylish prose, lively wit and adventurously bawdy spirit. They were also massive - often topping 500,000 words - and widely acclaimed for the years of research he put into each one, both in libraries and ...more
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