lots of sex and sacrificing going on
by readersreader on May 8, 2008The Emperor of Spain, Don Carlos, wants to know what his subjects, the Aztexs in New Spain, are like. He communicates throughout the book with his chaplain, bishop of the See in New Spain, regarding especially, one specific aztec, a man called Mixtil-Dark Cloud. When we first meet Mixtil he is a scribe, but with each chapter he rises in esteem, wealth and knowledge. Mixtil becomes a warrior (by accident) and then a traveling merchant. As a traveling merchant we see much of Mexico of the 1500's through his eyes. I love the way the story is told from the viewpoint of an Aztec, and how you were made to see how overbearing and cruel the catholic priests were to the natives. I felt the author overdid the various plots towards sex, and I was abhorred with the telling of acts of sacrifice, especially of his daughter, but other than that , it was a great adventure for me.
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