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Zoe Saadia is the author of several novels of pre-Columbian Americas. From the architects of the Aztec Empire to the founders of the Iroquois Great League, from the towering pyramids of the Mexican Valley to the longhouses of the Great Lakes, her novels bring long-forgotten history, cultures and people to life, tracing pivotal events that brought about the greatness of North and Mesoamerica.

Having researched various pre-contact cultures of this continent for more than a decade, she is convinced that it's a shame that such a large part of history was completely overlooked, by historical fiction most of all. Both Americas had an extremely rich, diverse, fascinating history long before this continent came in contact with the rest of the world.
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Zoe Saadia Hi David,
Thank you for your interest in my books. I'm excited about it :)

'The Peacemaker' and the 'People of the Longhouse' series are not connected t…more
Hi David,
Thank you for your interest in my books. I'm excited about it :)

'The Peacemaker' and the 'People of the Longhouse' series are not connected to the 'Pre-Aztecs' and 'The Rise of the Aztecs' at all.
One set of books is set in North America and among the Iroquois, the fierce democrats of the Great Lakes; the other is happening in the Mexican Valley, among the bubbling politics and shifting powers of that region - no democracy there, but a lot of imperial glamour.
But if you mean chronologically, then yes, the Peacemaker is happening earlier, much earlier, in the mid 12th century, while the Aztecs began boiling politically and otherwise later on, around mid-14th :)

As novels, all those series can be read independently, but yes, I would advice to read 'Pre-Aztecs' before 'The Rise of the Aztecs' as both series do share some mutual characters, even though there is a gap of about 30 years in between them and the main characters are completely new and independent.
Same with 'The Peacemaker' before the 'People of the Longhouse' series - another gap of a few decades, another set of shared characters as opposed to the prevailing new ones.

Thank you for your interest, David. Feel free to ask any question you have. I can't be stopped once I start talking about these times and people, though, so be warned :D (less)
Zoe Saadia Hello Kelly,

Thank you for your interest in these novels :-)

It is difficult to answer your question, as I know several kids of ages 12 and on that enjo…more
Hello Kelly,

Thank you for your interest in these novels :-)

It is difficult to answer your question, as I know several kids of ages 12 and on that enjoyed these novels, especially the Rise of the Aztecs series, as those are full of action-adventure and some teenagers characters that appeal to the younger audience. Still, while bordering on the Young Adult genre, these books were not intended as such, containing their share of warfare and an occasional lovemaking, not graphic or detailed but there (the young people of six, eight hundred years ago were forced to grow up earlier than the teenagers of our times :-)).

So all in all, I would advise you to read the novel/s in question yourself and see if you consider them fit for the younger audience.
Please, feel free to message me here on Goodreads, or at zoe.saadia@gmail.com to discuss any of it further :-)

All the best,
Zoe :-)

P.S. You can also find plenty of reader-friendly articles for young audience concerning this history here on my site www.precolumbianhistory.com . Enjoy :-)
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Cherei Well.. durn.. no videos allowed..

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Cherei Hey! Our pyramid.. is FINISHED!!!!!!
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And, the fountain WORKS!
As always,
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Cherei Didn't even have to go to the store! lol.. Just realized your book is an ebook! Reading it now!


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