The Emperor’s Second Wife (Rise of the Aztecs #3) by @ZoeSaadia Pre Columbian #Historical Fiction

  • 16108738Author: Zoe Saadia
  • Kindle Edition
  • Category: Historical Fiction
  • five-stars

Back in the Aztec Capital, the troubles were brewing. While benefiting from its neutrality in the Texcoco-Tepanec War, many influential Mexica-Aztecs grew wary of the way their city was becoming absorbed in the mighty Tepanec Empire.

Building on the first two books, this third instalment of the Rise of the Aztecs saga finds Kuini, Dehe and Coyotl in Tenochtitlan seeking out Kuini’s uncle, the old Aztec Warlord, in order to establish a union for their mutual benefit, against the Tepanecs. Political intrigue is widespread following the death of the Emperor, Huitzilihuitl and they find an ally of sorts in Tlacaelel, a relative of Coyotl’s and the illegitimate son of the late Emperor. There are  aspiring contenders for the title of Emperor but the eventual victor is Chimalpapoca. He is just a child manipulated by his mother, the Empress, who now wields the ultimate power.

Kuini is also reunited Iztac Ayotl, Coyotl’s sister. She and Kuini were in love before she was sent to Tenochtitlan when she was fifteen as Huitzilihuitl Second Wife, to further her father’s political ambitions. She is now no better off after Huitzilihuitl’s death and is in danger of being used again, in the same way by the Empress. But now she has more of an awareness regarding the intrigue which surrounds her, and her strength of character and determination have increased. 

Acolhua princess, thought Iztac bitterly. A Tepanec princess now, curse their eyes. But this was just too much. She would not play along nicely. Not this time. She was given away once and it was one time too many. If only that highlander boy had kept his promise. She clutched her fists tight, fighting the welling tears. No, she wouldn’t think of him. Whether he was dead or alive, it was of no consequence to her.

But of, course, it does matter to Iztac. Very much. And when Dehe becomes aware of Kuini’s feelings towards Iztac, a jealous rage takes hold of her. She takes matters into her own hands with deadly intent. Ultimately though, it’s the two women who take the lead in a delicate political situation, despite the lowly status of females in a male dominated society. 

As always, Zoe Saadia presents a wonderfully imaginative and fascinating re-creation of the pre-Columbian Americas, packed with fully developed, matured and believable characters. It’s very well researched and imbued with history, customs and social behaviour. Peopled with protagonists who this author always makes easy to like and get invested in. I love that the bond of friendship between Kuini and Coyotl has survived and deepened. 

The story comes alive with suspense, intrigue and vividly descriptive writing. As the absorbing plot evolves with so much going on, I didn’t want to stop reading. I’m loving this series and can’t wait to follow on with Currents of War.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | US

About Zoe Saadia

zoesaadiaZoe Saadia is the author of several novels of pre-Columbian Americas. 

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 has an extremely rich, diverse, fascinating history long before this continent was discovered by other civilizations. 
So her professional motto is set. America has not been discovered, not yet. Not in her novels :-)

Author links ~ WebsiteTwitterFacebookGoodreads

Crimson Shore (The Gold Detectives #1) by Gillian E. Hamer #TuesdayBookBlog #murder mystery on #Angelsey @GillyHamer

  • 22360617Author: Gillian E. Hamer
  • Published: June 2014 by G E Hamer
  • Category: Murder, Mystery, Suspense
  • four-half-stars

A half-naked woman dead in a ditch. A disappearing pathologist. A teenager run off the road. For a peaceful island, Anglesey is experiencing abnormal levels of crime. What’s the connection?

When the body of a woman is found in the drainage ditch of a farmer’s field, Detective Sergeant Dara Brennan and DS Gethin Evans are called to the scene. Little do they know this is the beginning of an unexplained torturing and killing spree. A voice message left on Dara’s phone alerts him to the fact that Dr Watson, the pathologist, has some information on the dead woman. But the doctor doesn’t return Dara’s calls, he cannot be contacted or traced and is listed as a missing person.  Continue reading

Beautiful #Northumberland #Photography #Sunrise

A stunning sunrise this morning from our holiday cottage a stone’s throw from the beach. I love being able to hear the waves rolling up the sand 🙂

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The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello #RBRT #Psychological thriller @EvaNatiello #SundayBlogShare

  • 22587180Author: Eva Lesko Natiello
  • Published: June 2014 by Fine Line Publishing
  • Category: Psychological Thriller
  • four-stars

What would you do if you Googled yourself and discovered something shocking?

In this gripping psychological thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. 

Caroline Thompson, a suburban mother of two, keeps as much distance as she can from the town’s gossipmongers, and their insatiable need to dig into everyone’s lives. The latest craze is googling everyone to see what they can uncover to add fuel to their nasty gossip. They could only find three hits for Caroline, which initially is reassuring, but gives Caroline the idea to google her maiden name, which no-one in town knows. As she scrolls through hit after hit, what she finds terrifies her. How can she not remember such momentous and life changing episodes from her past. Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Anywhere The Wind Blows by Jenny Lloyd @jennyoldhouse #Historical Fiction @ShelleyWilson72

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share meme to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Echoes of Time (Guernsey Novels #5) by Anne Allen ~ Family #Drama #Historical @AnneAllen21

  • 31321800Author: Anne Allen
  • Published: August 2016 by Sarnia Press
  • Category: Family Drama, Romance, Paranormal
  • four-half-stars

1940. Olive marries farmer Bill Falla. The Germans occupy Guernsey. 

All too soon Olive realises she’s made a mistake. 

Her life changes when she meets Wolfgang, a German officer – but there’s a price to pay. . . 

The story weaves between the WWII years in Guernsey and the island in the present day. Olive married Bill Falla in the spring of 1940. Although not in love with him she looks forward to the security of having her own house. She soon finds out marriage doesn’t come close to anything she hoped for. Bill is a brute and a bully, and Olive’s life is miserable, made even more so by the occupation of the island by German forces.  Continue reading

Little Kitty: The Cat Burglar #TuesdayBookBlog #Children’s Fiction ~ proceeds to charity #Alzheimers @BrookCottageBks

51pqk2rpuclLittle Kitty: The Cat Burglar 

By Caterina Longtail

Released: September 5th 2016

Book links ~ Amazon UK |US

five-stars

Little Kitty wouldn’t exactly call herself a cat burglar. She just likes to bring back the occasional gift for her humans… A lovely story for younger readers and adults alike – perfect for reading together. Beautifully illustrated by Catie Atkinson and designed by Rachel Lawston.

WHATS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE BOOK?

The book was written by a group of authors who donated their time free of charge. Each author wrote a chapter of the book. 100% proceeds of the sale of the book are donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK. The authors are: Suzan Collins, Tottie Limejuice, Jo Wilde, JB Johnston, Lucy Rayner, Ros Lyons, Ann Bowyer and Tracy Terry. Together, they became known as Caterina Longtail! The book was edited by Jaine Keskeys.

This charming little book is a wonderful way to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Such a terribly cruel disease which affects too many families. Little Kitty is a lovely short story, with sweet illustrations, perfect for younger children and for adults to read with them. Continue reading

The Girl in the Ice (DCI Erika Foster #1) by Robert Bryndza #Audiobook Review #Crime

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one. 

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. 

The story opens with a chilling and atmospheric prologue, which is excellent, diving straight into the action with the murder of beautiful young socialite, Andrea Douglas-Brown. Her body is found by long term unemployed Lee Kinney, who has to work under the new legislation in order to draw his dole money.  He secured a job as a council gardener at the Horniman Museum and discovered more than he bargained for when arriving for work one snowy morning. Continue reading

The DCI Jones Casebook: Ellis Flynn by @KerryJDonovan #Thriller reviewed for #RBRT #SundayBlogShare

  • 51jzejxpb9lAuthor: Kerry J Donovan
  • Published: November 2013 by Human Vertex Publications
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense
  • five-stars

An empathetic detective and his Swedish-born colleague hunt for the abductors of a teenage schoolgirl—a police procedural set in England and France. 

When fourteen-year-old Hollie Jardine fails to return home from school, her terrified parents call the police. 

Another excellent instalment in the DCI Jones Casebook series. When young Hollie Jardine goes missing DCI David Jones, head of the Midlands Police Serious Crime Unit, is on the case along with his partner DC Alexandra Olganski. Jones is near to  retirement, but his determination to find Hollie is absolute, although he finds missing child cases very difficult. His friend and colleague, Phil Cryer, has a daughter who could look just like Hollie when she reached her teens and that makes the case hit home even more so.  Continue reading