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Shadow Of The Lords (Aztec Murder Mystery #2)

3.4  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Mexico, 1517. Yaotl, the Aztec Chief Minister's slave is looking for his son. Others are searching too. Yaotl will need his wits about him simply to stay alive - for Lord Feathered-in-Black and his henchmen are never far away.
Paperback, 392 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Pocket, (first published 2005)
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3.5* This book is excellent in its depiction of Aztec life, culture, and thinking, but the mystery was a little hard to follow. The main character escapes situations so many times in so many ways that I had to keep going back (did he talk his way out, or escape cleverly, or get rescued? I forget, and it'll be important the next time he meets that person). The main character also keeps thinking he knows what's going on, and then he's wrong, but not completely wrong. This meant that by the end, I ...more
J. Else
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the author did a good job of illustrating the customs and beliefs of the Aztec people, the plot was a muddled up mess. I could not figure out what path it was following. The main charcter, Yaotl, has no personality. He reads very flat. And Yaotl never grows in the story. His perceptions do not change. He even ends up in a worse state than he was at the beginning! While the author may chalk this up to a noble self-sacrifice, no one benefited from anything Yaotl did! And he's cotinually gett ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, crime-historical
c2005: FWFTB: Yaotl, dismembered, slave, feathers, omens. Perhaps I was unable to finish this book because it was the second in a series and I had no feel for the main character. Unfortunately, the style of writing just didn't work for me either and I was unable to finish the book - although I did read the ending. Sadly, then, I am unable to recommend to the normal crew. "This vision of how the greatest monuments we had thrown up to our gods had once looked was one more reminder of how far my pe ...more
She of Seidhr
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
The setting and the world-building were great, the characters and the plot were passable, but the ending was horrendous. It kind of just became a jumbled mess. The cliffhanger ending was just poorly executed and downright frustrating. It's not the kind that will make you want to read the next book. When I saw where it ended I just shook my head in dismay for having picked it up in the first place.
Yaotl, such a mixture of roguish characteristics in the first book, did not expand his range much in this book. My reading pace was much, much more sluggish than with the plot heavy first Aztec Mystery, and the conversation seemed more like clumps of dirt clods than scatterings of jade. Still, I would not mind reading the next two books in the series. The setting is so vividly depicted and I have hopes of Yaotl's former cunning returning.
January's book club pick - it was okay. Since I lived in Mexico City for a while, the hard place names didn't phase me a bit.
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Simon Levack is a British author of historical mystery novels set in Precolumbian Mexico on the eve of the Spanish colonization of the Americas and feature as the protagonist Yaotl, a fictitious slave to Tlilpotonqui, the Cihuacóatl or chief minister in the Aztec state of Tenochtitlan under Hueyi Tlatoani, or Emperor, Moctezuma II. Demon of the Air won the Debut Dagger Award, given by the UK Crim ...more
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