Warning: the Five Dances with Death novels aren’t for those unnerved by depictions of violence and human sacrifice practiced by the ancient inhabitants of Mexico.
These books explore reality as seen by an Aztec, a man unfamiliar with modern sensitivities.
While firmly based on historical facts, the books also delve into deadly sorcery.
[This] is a rare and compelling tale . . . brilliantly researched, and a page-turner as good as any. Austin Briggs has proved himself to be a worthy master of the writer’s craft. I recommend this book highly, and regard it as a great achievement of historical fiction.
Tahir Shah, explorer, documentary filmmaker and author of 15 books.
In the days before the Conquistadors, Xicotencatl (Angry Wasp) is fighting to keep his family and his small Aztec nation alive.
Slavers have kidnapped his daughter. His wife has turned to powerful sorcery. His people have challenged Montezuma’s dominance and now face extinction. And the Spaniards have begun their march inland.
Now Wasp must rely on his military prowess, wit and even dark magic to regain his family and protect the independence of his nation, as he joins the desperate fight that will forever change the fate of the Aztec people.
An amazing story of a leader who faces incredible trials while trying to keep his people safe.
Reader Views: “Reviews by readers, for readers”
A unique novel that really blew me away.
SomeCallmeTim, Amazon Reviewer.
Masterful and evocative.
B. Siemens, Amazon Reviewer.
Swallowing chapter after the chapter, unable to stop. Usually no one would catch me awake in the middle of the night, but this book did!
From the start, Dance One grabbed me in a way that few books can, filling my mind with Briggs’ exquisite details… Five Dances with Death: Dance One is a masterpiece, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
I ended up quite enthralled with it.
T. L. Morganfield, author of “The Jade Bones”
If you like your fantasy based on real history you will love this book, go buy it now!