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Godina izdanja: 2005
Simon Levack - Demon Of The Air: An Aztec Mystery
Pocket Books, 2005
stanje: vrlo dobro
(Aztec Murder Mystery #1)
Mexico-Tenochtitlan, in the year Twelve-House: the vast, teeming city of the Aztecs at the height of its glory. As the novel opens, the Chief Minister`s trusted slave Yaotl is escorting a sacrificial victim up the steps of the Great Pyramid to celebrate the Festival of the Raising of Banners. Used to the bloodstained rites of the War-God`s priests, Yaotl is unperturbed at the ritual slaughter of the so-called Flowery Death. When the victim runs amok and leaps to his death before he can be sacrificed, Yaotl`s only worry is how to explain it to his master. But when more bodies start to appear and the Emperor Montezuma starts asking questions about the sorcerers who have vanished from his impregnable prison, Yaotl realises he needs answers soon. The secrets he uncovers will unlock nightmares from his own youth and threaten the future of everything he knows.
“Hooked me in five pages. The main character is fascinatingly complex and unusual.”
---Conn Iggulden, author of The Field of Swords
Emperor Montezuma rules the known world. Daily canoes and trains of sweating bearers carry tribute to his island capital, Mexico-Tenochtitlán, while squadrons of ruthless warriors enforce his will. Gold, silver, cotton, jewels, and precious feathers change hands in his markets. The temples run with the blood of human sacrifices.
All seems well, but Montezuma is troubled. Mysterious strangers have appeared in the East. Are they men or gods? Visions and rumors disturb his dreams. The soothsayers he turns to for guidance give him only enigmatic answers, and he knows he cannot trust his advisers---especially his chief minister, the unscrupulous Lord Feathered in Black.
Yaotl, the chief minister’s slave, is troubled, too. He was ordered to escort a sacrificial victim up the steps of the Great Pyramid, but the victim ran amok, uttering a bizarre and sinister prophecy and leaping to his death before the War-God’s priests could cut out his heart. Then Yaotl learns that the emperor’s soothsayers have vanished.
The emperor senses a connection between these two events and orders Yaotl to find it---on pain of death if he fails. But it soon becomes clear that whatever the connection is, Yaotl’s own master will stop at nothing---including murder---to keep it secret.
To get to the truth will take all Yaotl’s wits and will to survive. It will lead him into confrontations with the peril destined to overwhelm his whole world and with a monster from his own past - and into the hands of a sadistic killer.
Praise for Demon of the Air
“Loved the black humor of the sacrifice. The main character was fascinatingly complex and unusual---I was very pleased to know there’s more of Yaotl to come.”
---Conn Iggulden, bestselling author of The Field of Swords
“A very exciting murder mystery mixed with a mordant sense of humor and a firm grasp of the history and culture of the period. A marvelous read.”
---Paul Doherty, author of the Brother Athelstan series
“The adventure proves gripping and always surprising, and uses its historical background to perfection. A most rewarding read.”
---Maxim Jakubowski in the The Guardian
Historical Fiction, Mystery, Historical Mystery