Feathered Serpent: A Novel of the Mexican Conquest

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Crown Publishers, 2002 - Fiction - 374 pages
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The controversial life of the Aztec princess Malinali is one of the great legends of Mexico. Sold into slavery to the Spanish adventurer Cortés, she was at the conquistador's right hand as he toppled Tenochtitlana, the capital of Aztec civilization, destroying spectacular temples and palaces and permanently unraveling a magnificent center of cultural achievement. Both reviled as a traitor responsible for the destruction of native people and honored as a heroine and symbolic mother of a mixed-race nation, Malinali enjoys a dubious place of honor in Mexican folklore. Yet her extraordinary story has never been told until now. In Feathered Serpent , internationally bestselling author Colin Falconer paints an explosive, unforgettable portrait of the Aztec nation in all its glittering intricacy, the Spanish conquest in all its ruthless bravado—and the darkest, and goriest rituals of each empire. At the center of this blaze of color, Falconer places Hernán Cortés and Ce Malinali Tenepal, two proud, determined, and power-hungry people who see in each other the key to a bold new future.

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The book was too long and at times boring. The mechanics of good writing were fine. A few errors did not interrupt the reading flow. There was not a great deal of background on Cortes, so his ... Read full review

Review: Feathered Serpent: A Novel of the Mexican Conquest

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The only thing this sad excuse of a story has going for it is all the Mexican culture. Everything else is too rudimentary to be interesting and it's just written like if a child had decided what goes ... Read full review


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Colin Falconer is the author of When We Were Gods and three other historical novels, which have been published in many languages throughout the world. A former journalist and native of London, he now lives with his family in western Australia.

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