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The Jaguar Princess

Bell, Clare

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ISBN 10: 0312856733 / ISBN 13: 9780312856731
Published by Tor Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First printing. By the author of People of the Sky and other novels. This book 'affords a fascinating new variation on shape-changers, while calling vividly to mind the strong shapes of pre-Columbian art.' Book unread, as new. DJ near new with some wear to spine-ends. 443 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 11365

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Title: The Jaguar Princess

Publisher: Tor Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Mixcatl, a young woman abducted from her people, rises in the Aztec priesthood, until her true, magical nature is revealed and she leads a revolt toppling the vicious Aztec Regime

From Kirkus Reviews:

Rather ponderous historical fantasy set in the Aztec empire before the advent of Columbus: from the author of People of the sky (1989). Young slave girl Mixcatl, abducted from her eastern jungle home when a toddler, evinces a rare talent for painting, so the scribes of the ruling Aztec city Tenochtitlan set her to copying ancient texts and glyphs, while also attempting to instill in her the elements of their religion--which involves vast, bloody sacrifices to the warrior-god Hummmingbird on the Left. But Mixcatl suspects herself to be different from other folk: she has preternaturally sharp senses, an ability to animate dead jaguar skins and claws, and a disturbing tendency to change her shape, as if something within her body was attempting to emerge. In the rival but independent city of Tezcotzinco, meanwhile, the gentle Speaker- King, Wise Coyote, desperately searches for a means to retain his independence in the face of the implacably expansionist Tenochtitlan. From the old scribe Nine-Lizard, Wise Coyote learns of the ancient Olmec magicians and their half-jaguar, half-human rulers, and wonder whether Mixcatl is not one such, and whether he can use her to destroy the revolting Hummingbird cult. If, for instance, he could persuade Mixcatl to transform herself into a jaguar in full view of the people, Hummingbird would be discredited. Reasonably rewarding as regards Aztec culture and environment, but thinly plotted and too long by half. Worth a try for historical-fantasy regulars. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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