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Aztec Autumn (Aztec #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  2,222 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
"Aztec Autumn" takes us to a time one generation after the Conquest, when the magnificent Aztec empire has fallen beneath the brutal heel of the invading Spaniards. But one proud young Aztec, Tenamaxtli, refuses to bow to the foreign conquerors - and secretly begins to recruit, from among the struggling survivors of the Conquest, an army of insurrection. On his courageous ...more
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Forge (first published January 1st 1997)
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Feb 01, 2015 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure what to make of Gary Jennings "Aztec" series. I love the writing and history but I truly get tired of the pointless sex. Many other reviewers think his first novel, "Aztec", was much better than this book. I am not sure. Both show the richness and brutality of life in central Mexico around the time of Spanish Conquest, but he spends so much time describing the sexual activities of the main characters almost all is lost. I did prefer Aztec because the reader was given an accurate an ...more
I read this because I loved Aztec so much but it didn't really hold-up as well as I expected. Still exciting and full of cultural information though.
Joy Pérez
Jan 03, 2013 Joy Pérez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Los sumergiré un poco en el territorio que hoy ocupa México, pero cuando su nombre era Nueva España y sometían a los indigenas que no se doblegaban al catolicismo.

Tenamaxtli, un joven indigena, muy orgulloso, al que no le agrada el hecho de los españoles se hayan impuesto en lo que algún día fue la gran Tenochtitlán y derrumbarán todo para construir La Ciudad de México. “Todavía puedo verlo arder.” Es como comienza su narración, él presencia a un hombre al que le prenden fuego porque, según los
May 10, 2013 Elaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nahuatl is the native language with most speakers in Mexico, with approximately a million and a half, most bilingual with the Spanish. Its use extends from the North of Mexico to Central America.

The Spanish invaded Mexico in 1530. The Aztec Empire was the principal political structure on the North American continent at the time of its conquest by Spaniards.

The Mixtón War was fought from 1540 until 1542 between Spanish invaders and their Aztec and Tlaxcalan allies against the Caxcanes and other s
Rodrigo Campos
Otoño azteca es la continuación del libro "Azteca", el cuál comienza prácticamente donde termina el primero, o al menos en una de las últimas escenas.

Considero que el segundo libro está cargado de la misma intensidad que el primero, con personajes interesantes y una historia bien continuada a partir del primer libro. Lo sentí más novela, con la aventura que tiende más a la fantasía que a los hechos históricos que tuvo (o quiso) explicar en el primer libro.

El final , al igual que el primero fue i
Raul Cobos
Jan 22, 2016 Raul Cobos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una belleza más,diez años me tarde en leer la secuela pero sin duda esta segunda parte me hizo vivir la experiencia de nuevo.

Más asombrado quedé aun de saber que el personaje principal si existió,no estoy seguro que todo lo que se cuenta en libro sean hechos confiables pero sin duda son fascinantes
Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
Secuela de Azteca. Como en la mayoria de los casos no logra superar a su antecesor, aunque es otra gran historia. Retrata perfectamente la desolacion de un pueblo conquistado y la impotencia de no poder contrarrestarlo. No hay ansiedad mas desesperante que la de perder la libertad.
"Nuestro pueblo tiene un dicho: que un hombre que no sabe adonde va no necesita tener miedo de perderse"
Mar 07, 2014 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We lived in San Miguel de Allende for several years, we became fascinated with Mexico's rich history. Ignore what the newspapers say. It is safer in many parts of Mexico than in many parts of the US. Anyway, We love Gary Jennings books. A lot of history presented in a most enjoyable fictional manner.
Thomas Switek
Good but not quite as good as the first.
Jul 07, 2017 Aritra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Average to less than average read. I think the world that was alive in Aztec appears stale and repetitive in this book. Below I analyse the plot/characters, the author/writing style and the themes.

The plotline seems similar and the female characters far too superficial. This is also a journey, with multiple traumatic events for the main character along the way. But I find that Jennings could give these events more importance than he does. There seems to also be an inherent difficulty between Je
Spoiler Alert

Like AZTEC, Gary Jenning’s novel published in 1980, Jennings‘ sequel, AZTEC AUTUMN. published in 1997, takes place in 16th century Mexico. The novel AZTEC, as I remember it, was so vivid, the world of the exotic Aztec culture, mystical, sensual and incredibly blood-thirsty, so fascinating that though I remember few details, I remember my reaction–mesmerized. AZTEC AUTUMN begins with the death of Mixtli–the half-blind narrator of AZTEC, who tells his life-story to the Spanish clergy.
Austin Briggs
First, I'm not sure how much of this book was written by Gary Jennings himself. I'm ready to accept that he drafted the outline, and maybe some of his trademark travel and sexual scenes, by himself.

But the uninspired narration, the hurried ending, the moralistic undertone couldn't have come from The Master. I refuse to believe it. Nameless minions must have done this after his death, to cash in on his name.

While some of the scenes in this book have stayed in my memory for many years (some scen
Althea Ann
I read the first one in this series a few years back, and enjoyed it enough to pick up the sequels. So – I knew what I was getting into, with this book. But – boy, are these trashy!
However, they’re not non-stop trashy. There’s also a lot of historical detail in them – but, I wouldn’t actually *trust* any particular detail in any of these to be historically accurate without looking it up and verifying it in a couple of other sources first.

This book tells the story of Tenamaxtli, the son of the n
Caio Duayer
ehhhhhhh, three starts, I liked it, but just enough, had a bunch of highs but also a LOT of lows. Starting with the lows, he uses some very cliched tools to get the plot forward, nearing the end there are even some James Bondesque moments, and it really draws you out of this supposedly real story, or at least based vaguely on one. The main character is very sort of bland he has some good ideals and all but , not very inspiring and very little of a character arch.
Another low is the gore, G-ZUS1 ,
Jan 16, 2010 Judi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been 27 years since I read the first book in the series, Aztec. I knew it was fiction, but the history upon which it was based just fascinated me. I had always meant to read this follow-up, but never got around to it -- until I saw the book on the bargain book rack at B&N a couple months ago.

The action in this book occurs a generation after the first one, and reflects the coming of the Spaniards. It was not as compelling to me as Aztec, which may just be because I am reading it at a di
This book was great, but decidedly not as entertaining as it's predecessor "Aztec." I found the character development lacking which was not the case in the first book of the series. Still, I learned a lot about the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs after the initial arrival of Cortes as well as the Mixton War, the upheaval of the Aztecs years later to try and take their land back. This was an enjoyable adventure, great as a vacation/beach read, and especially recommended for those readers who loved ...more
Jorge Arnulfo
Mar 24, 2014 Jorge Arnulfo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 12, 2012 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually enjoyed this book better than the first one. There were still some sex scenes but they didn't take up so much of the book. The overarching story is of an Aztec resistance against the Spanish. I enjoyed seeing all the different tribes working together, as well as the political intrigue. As in the first book, Jennings did a wonderful job of making the scenery come to life.

My only complaint about this book is the lack of smallpox. I know that smallpox was devastating to the native popul
May 13, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction, Mexico less than 50 years after conquest by the Spanish. I just re-read this and had forgotten how excellent it is. GJ is strange and interesting. Yeah, sure it's so weird as to make you shake your head every now and then. But the research is perfect. The tone of the story is exciting, active, and funny. I have never heard of anybody putting one of these down from boredom, though I guess there is much here that would offend some people. As always, the main character is a cour ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aztec Autumn was a very "Goodread". It has been many moons since I read the first book "Aztec" and have had this one to read for several years.

This book continues the story of the Spanish occupation of the Aztec territories, and how one man sees his father burned at the stake, and resolves to take his country back, from the Spaniards who have invaded his "One World".

Well written, and captures the readers attention.
Jaime Contreras
Mr. Jennings follow-up to his mammoth best-selling book, Aztec picks up the story with the son of the first novel's main character. This books covers a period of history that is often glossed over by many - the years immediately following the fall of the Aztec Empire. It tells of the Mexiton Rising and the ensuing battles over Mexico. Mr. Jennings has a flare for description and action. Read this during those cold winter nights and you will feel your Mexica blood in you!
This book was enjoyable and about a period in time and group of people I don't know much about. I had to stop reading this book mid-way to read my book club book, so when I picked it back up again, I wasn't as interested. However, the story was well done and despite having Aztec names, the characters were easy to keep straight. The book was very good at describing the Aztec culture and the different tribes in the area. I would recommend this if you enjoy historical fiction.
I got into a reading jag lately and remembered the original "Aztec" by Jennings that I read some years back when I spotted this. It was a "fun" read, no Joyce or Proust, but it had me thinking about that transition of cultures. There is an under tone of irony and regret that is poignant throughout. Basically for all the bloodshed and death it is an upbeat book some how. I feel like I came away from the book understanding how much more complex this cultural transition really was.
Sep 04, 2012 Gordon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is many years since I read Aztec, which I remember as being excellent. Aztec Autumn is not. I thought that this kind of fantastical, as opposed to fantastic, story telling died with James Fenimore Cooper. The main character and narrator, Tenemaxtli is immoral, foolish and at the same time grossly arrogant. I suppose there is some historical value but I don't know how you would sort it out from the foolishness.
Diego Valdivia
Feb 12, 2014 Diego Valdivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro se debe de leer sin esperar que sea igual al libro de Azteca. Dejando eso de lado y quitando esas ideas del lector, es un libro muy bueno. Son pocas las novelas históricas que narran lo que aconteció luego de la conquista. Y este libro nos dá una buena idea de qué es lo que sucedio en ese tiempo. El personaje de Tenamaxtli es excelente.

"Todavía puedo verlo arder" una frase que jamás olvidaré.
Jaime Ortega
Feb 18, 2016 Jaime Ortega rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Con una trama un poco más forzada que la primera novela, Otoño Azteca sigue siendo una excelente ventana para asomarse a la llegada de los españoles a México y sus repercusiones. Sangrienta, bélica, sexual, es ahora la historia de Tenamaxtli (basado en el personaje real del mismo nombre), quien recluta por todo el país un ejército de diferentes tribus y en el que los Yaquis son protagonistas hasta culminar en la histórica Guerra del Mixtón, una sublevación contra los españoles.
Yuri Marin
Claramente Azteca es muy superior a este libro tanto en la historia como en la descripción de la vida de los aztecas. Lei este libro recién terminado el otro y puede ser ese uno de los motivos de por que este libro lo senti como no tan bueno. Desde mi punto de vista el libro mejora desde la mitad hacia adelante, terminando casi en forma abrupta.
Probablemente le podría haber dado una estrella más.
Mar 07, 2007 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who love history.
I read a book I thought was called "Aztec" by Gary Jennings, but this was the closest I could fin to it. anyways I recommend "Aztec" it's the history of the Atztec's in a well spun story of man who lives through it all. It's the history ( I don't know how accurated the history is) without the textbook jargon that make me want to sleep.
This is the second installment of the Aztec series, the story starts to where the end of the first book ends - thought it was an interesting why to bring in the characters. You get to know Tena and his life story, his mission and the interesting people he meets on his journeys through out Mexica and the One World regions.
As far as historical fiction goes, this is an amazingly well-researched look at the Aztec people and Nahuatl language. A trip to Mexico City inspired me to read it, and it adds a lot of details about the days just after the conquistadors invaded Mexico. The plot is a bit melodramatic and coincidental, but easy to read despite all the foreign concepts and language.
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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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