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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  888 ratings  ·  43 reviews
This remarkable novel by adventure writer H. Rider Haggard can be enjoyed on many levels. As a tale of adventure, it takes the reader through 16th-century England, Spain, and Mexico at the time of the Spanish Conquest. But on a deeper level, the author's hopes for humanity shine through the darkness of this time to illuminate the reader with his spiritual philosophy. The c ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published 2008 by Boomer Books (first published 1893)
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Algernon
[5/10] A dissapointment, I'm always on the lookout for titles dealing with pre-Columbian cultures in South America. Montezuma's Daughter hasn't aged very well, or possibly I aged too much. I wonder if re-reading a childhood favorite like Inca Treasure by Karl May would leave the same sense of wasted time that this one did. It's also possible that after reading Gary Jennings Aztec masterpiece I would judge any new book on the subject to his high standard. I've also read King Solomon's Mines about ...more
Katya
Я не читала больше ни одной книги Хаггарда и для меня этот роман - лучший и единственный у него мною прочитанный. Мне кажется, это тот роман, про который просто невозможно сказать, что он неинтересен или скучен, или написан тяжелым языком... Это не про «Дочь Монтесумы». Пожалуй, это тот редкий случай, когда я не могу выделить какой-то один доминирующий аспект притягательности произведения. Для меня его просто нет, меня здесь восхищает все. Что касается исторической начинки книги, почему-то я зад ...more
John Yelverton
An absolutely amazing story about a man who lets vengeance consume his life so that he misses out on all the blessings God puts in his path. A truly great book that everyone should read.
Sandy
Written between June 5th and September 3rd, 1891, H. Rider Haggard's 16th novel out of an eventual 58, "Montezuma's Daughter," was ultimately published in October 1893. The previous winter, Haggard and his wife Louisa had been in Mexico hunting for treasure, and on February 8th, the author had learned of the death of his 9-year-old son "Jock" back in England. The grieving father wrote "Montezuma's Daughter" as what his biographer D.S. Higgins calls a "therapeutic act," and, following and precedi ...more
Tamera
Enjoyed this book! It took me about 50 pages to get the rhythm of the writing, once I did I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I read this on a Kindle I wish I could have read a paper book but it was free so I'll get over it.
Sara
I'm not usually a fan of adventure stories, but this one hooked me in. It has it all: a love story (or two), a quest for revenge, exotic people, riches, high seas adventure, etc. It got a little long, and by the time I was 3/4 through, I was ready to get to the big finish(es), but, overall, I really enjoyed this. It also doesn't hurt that it's public domain/free download.
Асет Нурпеисов
С этой книгой я впервые встретил в средней школе, классе в 6 или 7, когда она была рекомендована к чтению летом в одном из учебников по истории. К сожалению я тогда её не прочитал. А может быть и к счастью, ибо тогда бы я не понял всей сути этой книги, а уловил бы только исторические краски.

Эта книга не простой роман о приключениях. Это скорее роман о борении дум в душе человека. Ну а если переходить к более бытовому уровню то книга о пожирающем делении на своих и чужих, ведь главный герой ощуща
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Ksenia Bazan
Montezuma's Daughter is the novel that strives to be a lot but ends up not achieving its goal. In the book we have three different locations (England, Spain, Mexico) and three main plot lines (a) the confrontation between Thomas and Juan de Garcia; b) relationship of Thomas and Otomi and c) the fight of indigineous people in Mexico for their freedom). As you can see it's really a lot. And for the first third of the book it's done pretty well in terms of its pacing. My favorite part so far has be ...more
Perry Whitford
Typically action-packed yet creaky adventure story from the popular and prolific Victorian purveyor of buckled swashes.

This time around Haggard takes us to exotic 16th century Anahuac - the Aztec name for Mexico - via Seville and the not-so-exotic Norfolk, England. Thomas Winfield is out narrator and adventurer, having sworn an oath to kill the man who murdered his mother, the fiendish Spaniard Juan de Garcia.

He arrives in Mexico a full year before Cortez himself and ends up fighting on the sid
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Biblioworm
Первая треть книги великолепна.
Конечно, она наивна, персонажи картонны, сюжет надуман. Но пленяет общая атмосфера романтики, блистательных идальго, вендетты на всю жизнь, благородства высшей пробы, коварства не менее немыслимой глубины и цинизма.
Героев, которые становятся в позу и произносят пространные выспренние диалоги в самых неподходящих, с практической точки зрения, ситуациях. И все это не чрезмерно, не мешает с интересом следить за сюжетом, создает общее настроение книги.
Тем не менее, ср
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Faran
Really entertaining book.

Haggard makes good commentary on religious fanaticism and imperialism.

It may seem at first a little nationalistic of him to make his protagonist English, but it's a valid choice by the author. In fact, it's necessary for the character in making his political and social observations to be of a third-party background as the war between the Empire of Spain and Anahuac rages and also makes for more travel, adventure, etc.

What is bothersome is Haggard's racism though. I know
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Janith Pathirage
I was so disappointed. Had very high expectations on this book when I was reading the first 100 pages and it seemed to be a good old fashion revenge story but the focus was completely lost when the main character mingled with the Incas. And after that, it became a very unrealistic story with boring tribal warfare and cheesy dialogs. And the ending was so terrible
David
This adventure story is entertaining and explores Montezuma's 'betrayal' of his people to the Spanish invaders in the context of a personal quest by the narrator to avenge the murder of his mother. I particularly enjoyed the Spanish section and the descriptions of Seville and felt the pace of the novel dropped as the tale moved to the Americas.
Kamilya Razak
It is great book about fantastic adventure! I red it in a few days, and I am sorry that I already finished it.
Mairi
Sai tegelt loetud juba suvel, kuid millegi pärast polnud kirjas... Igati meeldiv lugemisvara.
Lane Lewis
Ok... you can tell this book was written a long time ago. However, I thought it was fantastic.
Esraa
I read this book 4 times, one of my best novels ever!
Bonnie
I went on a cruise to the Mexican riviera with my family over Thanksgiving and wanted an entertaining read set in that country. It filled the bill. It kept my interest in spite of being put down and resumed often and not read for sustained periods, the sort of book that one needs on vacations with a lot of interaction with other people. The story is exciting and interesting.
Lynette
Very interesting. The time period is eye-opening. How is it the Aztecs are savages. He thinks his is a much nobler act: revenge. Hers is demonic and savage: sacrificing those who killed her people. Other than cultural what is the difference? We condemn what we don't understand or is different from the way we do things. Not many things change from one time period to the next.
Kristine
Well, what can I say. This was an adventure and I'm sure men ate it up for that reason and women for the romance. I have to say, the Aztec's had a very strong concept of British grammar, which made me snicker at times. I have not read much about this time in history but am curious to find more now. To me it seems to be a male version of Jane Austen stories. Worth the read.
Alerodis
an incredible story
Lupita Reads
I truly have no words for such a wonderful love and adventure story! Yes the writing is old and classic but that does not take from the voice of the author and the ability to tell a great story of far away lands. Such a great break from modern day fiction! Do yourself a favor- read this story!!!!
Nickolai
Отличная книга. Классика приключенческой литературы. Пусть вызывает и не такие сильные эмоции, как при первом прочтении в юношестве, тем не менее, отличается интересным сюжетом и заставляет лихорадочно переворачивать страницы в желании узнать, что же будет дальше.
Vanessa
read on iphone. pure adventure. indiana jones set in colonial times. page turner, breathless tempo, quality writing, lots of political incorrectness, comes with the territory, but if able to abstract from that, really good & fun read. fun is keyword here.
Jocelyn
Jun 18, 2009 Jocelyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who liked The Count of Monte Cristo
Shelves: fiction, history
An epic tale of romantic adventure written in 1893 (I believe my book was published on that date, it was literally falling apart.) Loved the old language and the setting in Mexico when Cortes was attacking the Aztecs.
Jon
A classic adventure yarn in the spirit of the Count of Monte Cristo. At sometime s painfully dated dialogue, but we'll researched and with refreshingly original material. Not for the easily bored.
Paulo
An interesting story about the downfall of the Aztec Empire. It is undoubtedly a very victorian novel full of repetitive lines and events, but the plot is well constructed and the pace is adequate.
Douglas
I always enjoy H. Rider Haggard's adventure stories. The Victorian author always weaves in a lot of high ideals in his stories which were written to inspire the young British gentleman.
Caleb
At some point I read an abridged version of this story. It's just as good of a read the second time around. I wish that more modern authors wrote epic adventure stories this well.
Rachel
This was a LONG read. I like the time period and the culture, and while Haggard took some liberties, it's reasonable. But I just had a difficult time getting into this.
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Sir Henry Rider Haggard was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and the creator of the Lost World literary genre. His stories, situated at the lighter end of the scale of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential. He was also involved in agricultural reform and improvement in the British Empire.

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