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Die Aztekin

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  465 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
The triumphant, controversial life of the Aztec woman Malinali is one of the great and enduring legends of Mexico. A high-born Mexica heiress, she was sold into slavery as a child, and it was as a slave of the Maya that she met the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. To her, and many of the Mexica, Cortés, with his ?owing beard and pale skin, was Feathered Serpent, the god ...more
431 pages
Published 1997 by Wilhelm Heyne Verlag (first published 1996)
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Julie Black
As author of "The Last Toltec King" and a trained historian from the Mexican National University (UNAM), I approached the novel "Aztec" by Colin Falconer with a highly critical eye. Though, after all was said and done, I found myself pleasantly surprised. Well researched with attention to historical detail, "Aztec" is a visually rich re-telling of legendary, heroic exploits, devastating treacheries, a brutal clash of cultures, and the human struggle for survival in a world filled with greed, lus ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henüz bir lise öğrencisiyken okuduğum bu kitap; okumalarım arasında "Popüler Kitaplar" kategorisinde en çok beğendiklerimden birisi diyebilirim. Kralın Kervanları ve Baudolino ile aynı dönemde okuduğum üç tarihi kitaptan ilkiydi. Üçü de sevdiğim kitaplar oldular.

Bu kitap her şeyden önce bir "tarih kitabı" değil; tarihi olayları kurguyla harmanlamış bir "tarihi roman". Bu nedenle anlatılanlara belge gözüyle bakmadan okumamak lazım. Bununla birlikte, Azteklerin başlarına gelen akıbette ne derece s
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was too long and at times boring. The mechanics of good writing were fine. A few errors did not interrupt the reading flow. There was not a great deal of background on Cortes, so his character was not clearly defined. That is not the fault of the author. Through his lover, Malinali, a naturale of some Aztec descent, the story of Montezuma and Mexico City was told. She was a delightfully deceiving interpreter between the Spaniards and different Indian tribes. She and Cortes saw that thei ...more
Wendy Bertsch
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conquistadors fancied themselves saviours, bringing Christianity to a pagan world. When their results proved too unsavoury to accept in this light, they became reviled as monsters, destroying a vulnerable ancient civilization. They were neither. And they were both.

Colin Falconer has presented a balanced, realistic narrative, showing all involved in a more sensitive and much more probable light. There was incredible brutality on both sides, but the fascinating story is relieved by sensitivity
Pauline Montagna
Five hundred years ago, the Spanish Conquistadores defeated the mighty Aztec empire. It is a story we all know well, but there is one aspect of it that is largely unknown outside Mexico: that Cortés could not have prevailed without the help of his interpreter and mistress, a native Mexican woman, Malinali. Known as La Malinche, today she is both reviled as a traitor to, and revered as the mother of, the Mexican people.

Colin Falconer has taken this complex and contradictory woman as his central
Mona  AlvaradoFrazier
The story of Hernan Cortes invasion and conquest of the Mexica natives was an enthralling story told by several narrators, with Cortes and Malinali as the main narrators. This is primarily Malinali's (commonly named Malinche) story and her perspective is useful to understand why she did what she did.

I enjoyed the way this book was written but it did take a little readjustment in the beginning, especially with the different points of view. It does work, especially since the headings list who is t
Tara Chevrestt
Truly an educational novel. If you do not know the first thing about the Mexican conquest or Hernan Cortes and cannot stay awake for biographies or text books, give this a try. It is mostly told from Malinali's point of view, an Aztec slave to the Mayas, who believes Cortes to be a god come to stop the act of human sacrifice amongst the Mexicans. After serving as his translator and bed mate for a long period of time, she starts to realize he is not really a god, but a man hungry for power and go ...more
Wytzia Raspe
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"AZTEC: the most extraordinary love story never told" - the Spanish conquest of Middle America
Many of us will know the story of the Spaniard Cortes who with a very small army conquered the Aztec Empire in Mexico. Some of you will know that he had a mistress who translated for him

This is mainly the story of her although we get to know Cortes, the emperor and a Mayan girl and her Spanish master / lover as well.

Even when you know the history of the conquest by Cortes I like the way the writer tries
Halool Angela
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aztec - an exciting story about the conquest of South American territories by the Spanish conquerors. It made me wish to read more and do some additional research about this subject. I really liked it and Colin Falconer, in my opinion, did not betray his style of writing; alert, exciting, without the possibility of anticipating what will happen next.
3.5* I didn't love this and never felt swept into the story, but I thought it did a perfectly adequate job. The changing points of view could be confusing, but they did add to the story. A map and longer author's note would have been helpful. The events covered were certainly horrible and the author did not shy away from them.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Feathered Serpent / 0-609-61029-5

Falconer shows his genius again with this fantastic novel. The characters of Cortes, Malinali, and Motecuhzoma are brought to vivid life on the page. In careful steps, Falconer outlines how a handful of men can wreak havoc on a powerful empire - provided that they are aided by a powerful mythology, by united allies driven by a long-standing enmity, and by a detrimental caution on the part of the empire.

While I am not a student on the period in question, Falconer
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Malinali, an Aztec woman who becomes the advisor and lover of Hernan Cortes. The daughter of Aztec royalty, Malinali is sold into slavery by her mother while still a child. She encounters Cortes as he conquers his way across Mexico, and serves him initially as a translator, and later as an advisor. Malinali is convinced that Cortes is the god Feathered Serpent; he arrives when Feathered Serpent is predicted to arrive, in the manner predicted, and does some of the things that ...more
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good, wonderful historical detail

In my mind, the Aztecs have been short-changed by modern authors. There has not been enough attention to them and their interesting story. And Cortes! If ever anyone should get high marks for having ambition and bravery in spades, it's him.

Anyway, the historical details are well done in the book. Falconer almost makes you feel like you are there with the Spanish as the arrive at the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. He has created a multi-dimensional Cortes, rath
Cindy Woods
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly interesting

The book is very detailed regarding Cortez's expedition and attempt to colonize Mexico in the early 1500's. The author obviously did in-depth research. I think more than anything else, I was struck by the human casualty count by religious human sacrifice by the natives as well as the flat-out murder and decimation of native peoples by Cortez and his men. You read about these things in short paragraphs or sentences in most history books, but this goes into quite a bit of detail
Jaime Contreras
I have read a half dozen historical books on the Aztecs and several on the Spanish Conquest/Fall of the Aztecs. In addition, I have read several fine historical fiction novels about the Aztecs, Dona Marina, Hernando Cortes, Emperor Moctezuma II and Pedro Alvarado. With all respect to the other authors (Gary Jennings - Aztec; Jamake Highwater - The Sun, he Dies; Sally Hayton-Keeva - Daughters of the Sun; Laura Esquivel - Malinche; James A. Michener - Mexico; Randolph Lascurain - Aztec Knight), th ...more
Ashley Deanna
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Despite this book being kind of suspect in the general sense, I really enjoyed the novel. This is my first Colin Falconer book and I was pleasantly surprised by the strength of his prose and his characterization. He does not shy away from making extremely flawed characters; in fact, with the touch he gives them, he seems to revel in it. There's not one person in here who is without flaw. Mistakes, small and large, gather in crescendo towards and explosive end. I really enjoy it when authors let ...more
Oct 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite good, particularly as I'm interested in South American history. As with all of Falconer's books, the historical aspect is amazing, he really has a talent for historical story telling. However, for some reason, wasn't on par with When We Were Gods, at least for me. Probably because the main female character wasn't as ambitious as Cleopatra, although she was strong. Also, the politics in WWWG was intriguing, and here it was more about war and fighting, and the senselessness of ...more
Feb 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My copy of this book is titled "Aztec". I thought it would be interesting as I know virtually nothing about Cortes. However I found it very slow going. Malinali is of royal blood but has had an eventful and difficult life. She is captured by Cortes and eventually becomes his interpretor and then concubine. She thinks Cortes is the god Feathered Serpent returned to his people. I found the discussions of what was 'barbarian' interesting, and an insight into the history of the era, but the book see ...more
Danielle Bonam
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic \Spelling and Grammar Errors

I enjoyed reading this book immensely. The topic was unique and the mix of languages and cultures truly added something special. However, the amount of technical mistakes in grammar and spelling really through me. The editor for this book really missed the ball and as I read I was distracted from the content by the numerous mistakes. Any novice reader would be able to pick up on these throughout the novel. Despite the errors I am going to read another one of
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. I did end up finding it interesting but towards the end I was ready for it to end. I liked how the author should the miscommunications between everyone one and the translation issues. It made for an interesting read. The ending itself was left open ended, which I understand why, but I do wish it had more of a finality to it. Overall it was an easy read. I will probably try another one of his books.
Victor H Fisher Jr
Entertaining book on the conquest of Mexico and at the time one of the most important rulers Moctezuma.

Historical account of the conquest of Mexico. Narrated
through the eyes of La Malinche. She was a woman who had the ability to learn languages ended being Cortez's translator and Lover. With out her help and guidance he wouldn't have conquered the Mexica's which populated the largest city in Mesoamerica the name of the city was Tenochtitlan.
Maya Morikawa


Found this very interesting to begin with,but as I progressed,less so.The plot was good but could have been fleshed out a bit more.Cortes's character,apart from the fact he was crazy was a bit weak.All in all an interesting take on this period of history and has interested me to read a more factual account.
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
beautiful saga of the last days of the Aztec Mexico. it describes the view of Ce Malinali, Cortez and his men and Montezuma in the last two years before the fall of the Mexica.
It has romance and suspense, and a turning point, everything a good novel should have. And it was good to read. I really enjoyed it!
Nov 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only thing this sad excuse of a story has going for it is all the Mexican culture. Everything else is too rudimentary to be interesting and it's just written like if a child had decided what goes in a chapter and how it's broken up. Only reason why I'll finish it is because I'm bored and I don't want to waste whatever money I spent on this and I'm determined to labor through it
Cynthia T Cannon
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting telling of Cortes' invasion

Told from the viewpoint of the Conquistador's interpreter, this novel gives you the feel of how such a small force manages to conquer what at the time was one of the most dominant city states in existence. They literally were forced to move forward by the machinations of a man who saw this as his one chance for success and wealth.
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must say, the destruction of such a city was very hard to read about. I'm really glad the author didn't get into too much detail or spend too much time on it. I got the point.

Growing up, I recall my mother and Aunts speak of "la llorona". Sooooo many thoughts right now. These are my people.

I enjoyed the book very much.
Nov 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only thing this sad excuse of a story has going for it is all the Mexican culture. Everything else is too rudimentary to be interesting and it's just written like if a child had decided what goes in a chapter and how it's broken up. Only reason why I'll finish it is because I'm bored and I don't want to waste whatever money I spent on this and I'm determined to labor through it
Zoe Saadia
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful tale of conquest and the fall of the great empire.

The pace of the novel is delightful, hard to put down – a very fast read for such a large book.

From historical aspect it’s a very educational novel - both sides of the conflict are researched stunningly well.

All in all, I would highly recommend this read.
Hans Doreleyers
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good novel

the brutality by both Spanish and Aztec gives one pause. The Spanish claimed to want to stop Aztec brutality and spread the 'true' faith but they did so with an iron fist and robbed the Aztecs blind doing so. This novel reminded me of another novel of the same name by Jennings. Although I enjoyed this novel, Jenning's epic was far superior.
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