The Young Jaguar ~ Pre Aztec #1

  • YoungJaguarAuthor: Zoe Saadia
  • Kindle Edition published November 2013
  • Category: Historical Fiction
  • five-stars

Having achieved the exalted position of a Chief Warlord, Tecpatl was content, happy with his career and his family. Even his refusal to take an additional wife, a necessary thing for a man of his status, especially if his woman was a barbarian imported from the distant lands of Anasazi, did nothing to hinder his progress up the Tepanec military ladder. He was too successful as a War Leader to care about the opinions of others. 

Fifteen years have passed since Tecpatl and Sakuna left the Anasazi people and returned to the capital city of Azcapotzalco in the Tepanec Empire. Now the Chief Warlord and with many successes on the battlefield, Tecpatl returns only to find the old Emperor, Acolnahuacatl, is dying. He is charged with supporting Acolnahuacatl’s choice of successor but two of the old Emperor’s sons are competing for their father’s title. Tecpatl and his family are caught in the middle of the conflict caused by the brothers. Atolli, the oldest of Tecpatl and Sakuna’s three children, wants to excel in his military training in order to be accepted as one of the elite warriors and be like his father. But Atolli is reckless and headstrong and has been caught out in a serious misdeed, which he compounds by an even worse offence, bringing disgrace upon his family. Continue reading

At Road’s End ~ Pre Aztec #0.5

  • AtRoad'sEndAuthor: Zoe Saadia
  • Kindle Edition
  • Category: Historical Fiction
  • four-half-stars

Tecpatl was born a warrior of the Mexican Valley, one of the elite class of fighters, defending his great city, capturing vanquished foes to sacrifice for the honor of the gods. 
Yet, the circumstances conspired to send him into the Southwestern desert, to follow the ancient road, guarding a group of traders. 
When he rescues a girl from the ransacked village, he thinks nothing of it. He just wishes to 
make the traders sell their goods in a hurry, so he could return to his 
homeland. 
But the fate had planned differently, for the warrior and for the girl alike.

Tecpatl, a proud warrior, is reduced to the role of guide to a group of traders who are far beneath him in the hierarchy of the Azcapotzalco people from the shores of Lake Texcoco. An error of judgement means Tecpatl is disgraced and has to vindicate himself by accompanying and protecting the merchants, although he longs to return home as war is imminent. On their way through the canyons the party discover the slaughtered inhabitants of a village, littered across the canyon floor. There is one survivor, a young woman called Sakuna, whose father, an important person in his community of Great Houses, arranged her marriage to a man from the ravaged village. Continue reading