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Five Dances with Death: Dance One

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Five Dances with Death Dance One-3D2An Aztec Historical Fantasy Novel

 

Don’t pass this book if you love Historical Fantasy grounded both in facts . . . and in magic.

 

Step right into the world of the ancient Mexico. The violence of war and the thrill of dangerous sports. The human drama of conquest and defeat. The terror of the human sacrifice and the struggle for love.

 

In the final days before the Conquistadors, Xicotencatl (Angry Wasp) fights 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 invasion inland.

 

Wasp must rely on his military skill, courage and even deadly magic to win back his family and protect the freedom of his nation, as he joins the desperate fight that will forever change the fate of the Aztec people.

 

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[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. 

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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.

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An amazing story of a leader who faces incredible trials while trying to keep his people safe.

Reader Views: “Reviews by readers, for readers”

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A unique novel that really blew me away.

SomeCallmeTim, Amazon Reviewer. 

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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!

Zoe Saadia, author of The Cahokian.

 

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.

Earl S. Wynn,  author of Pink Carbide.

 

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!

Tarrin P. Lupo, author of “Pirates of Savannah

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/eswynn Earl S Wynn

    I can honestly say that from the start, Dance One grabbed me in a way that few books can, filling my mind with Briggs’ exquisite details, the lavish way he paints each elegant element of not only “One World” but also the spirit world that binds and effects everyone who treads into or through Nahua lands. At the core of its fast-paced and exciting narrative, Dance One carries a beautiful expression and exploration of an almost unifying spiritual “theory” which sheds light on and captures the mind within a world of omens, spiritual doubles and persistent, hungry gods who tempt mortals and swallow souls in an endless game of evolution and creation. There is a mysticism that clings to everything (even the names) in Briggs’ work that is rich and powerful, one that brings to mind the talent of such great authors as Storm Constantine and Neil Gaiman without losing focus on the story, the setting, or the voracious, visceral, animal heart that makes this book so gripping and so intriguing.

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