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Aztec novel launching soon
September 25, 2012 9:55 AM   Subscribe

Aztec novel launching soon
I created this blog to allow fans of historical fiction to track the imminent publication of my novel 'New Fire'. You can read the first four chapters of the novel and sign up for a chance to win one of ten free, signed copies. Warfare, religion, politics and adventure.

It is 1455 and Tenochtitlan is in the fourth year of a terrible drought that has led to famine and widespread suffering. To make matters worse, it is the final days of the last year of the sacred calendar and no one knows if the priests will be able to light the New Fire, to appease the gods and keep an apocalypse at bay.

It is the high priest, Cloud Face, whose role it is to oversee the brutal ceremony, but even if he succeeds, he is locked in a bitter rivalry with Tlacaelel, general of the Mexica armies and Moctezuma’s brother. The priests have been marginalised by the rise of the secular state and Tlacaelel is determined to keep it that way, putting the lives of his warriors and conquest above the relentless hunger of the gods.

If Cloud Face can avert the end of the world, he will put an audacious plan into action, intended to discredit Tlacaelel through the annihilation of his army, specifically the fighting men of the administrative classes whom Cloud Face must supplant if the priests are to regain ascendency.

One young warrior, Heart of the Jaguar, is caught up in the high priest’s conspiracy and has to stay alive long enough to find a way out of the predicament.
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posted by PhilD66 (4 comments total)

Hi Phil
I've been following the blog with interest for a while, now. Really looking forward to release day.
posted by Dub at 12:38 PM on September 25, 2012


Sounds cool! I'm always good for Pre-Columbian historical fiction and alternate history fiction set in the Americas.

By "sign up for a chance to win" you're talking about registering an account on the Wordpress site, right? I didn't see any other sign-up link.
posted by XMLicious at 2:14 PM on September 27, 2012


Hi XMLicious, yes. Register an account with my Wordpress blog. I think I've seen your account created. Random number generator will pick the winners this weekend. I'll email winners to notify them and request a postal address so that I can dispatch a signed copy of the novel.
posted by PhilD66 at 1:00 AM on September 28, 2012


Perhaps you should mention elsewhere that it's now available for Kindle on Amazon, too. {Heh, New Fire, Kindle...}
posted by Dub at 9:46 AM on November 24, 2012


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