By Gary Jennings
During this colourful and intriguing period of swords and cloaks, upheaval and revolution, a tender beggar boy, in whose blood runs that of either Spanish and Aztec royalty needs to declare his birthright. From the torrid streets of town of the lifeless alongside the Veracruz Coast to the ageless glory of Seville in outdated Spain, Cristo the Bastardo connives fights, and loves as he seeks the truth—without realizing that he'll be the founding father of a proud new people.
As we keep on with the loves and adventures of Cristo and adventure the colourful elegance and barbarism of the period, a vanished tradition is introduced again to existence in all its beauty.
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The Philosopher’s Stone is a chemical with the power to rearrange the atoms in lead and regroup them as gold. ” —Alchemist and medical doctor Jean Baptista van Helmont describing the Philosopher’s Stone. fear which they inspired was their consolation and their revenge; poisoned themselves by a society [in] which they had experienced nothing but the rebuffs and the vices, they poisoned in their turn all those who were weak enough to fear them, and avenged upon beauty and youth their accursed old age and their atrocious ugliness.
38 “The Carcasses of the Slain” Did You Know? Ancient Romans described spirits called larvae, creatures with hideous facial features that tortured the dead in the underworld. 62 Sorcery The methods of necromancy developed by the early Greeks and Romans survived for centuries with little variation, and the purpose of talking to the dead remained the same in every era. Spirits were thought to meet with the necromancer and take his soul to the netherworld. The spirits granted the sorcerer special powers to see the dead both in the real world and in the mystical phantom world.
Another was a pretty girl, about eight years old, who said her name was Madimi. She could not tell the necromancers where she was from, she explained, or she would be beaten. After playing in a stack of books in Dee’s room, Madimi terrified the sorcerers, telling them Satan was angry with Dee for summoning the spirits and wanted to kill him. Did You Know? Necromancers believe that the spirits of the dead are more active around graves, cemeteries, battleﬁelds, execution grounds, and other scenes of violence.
Aztec Blood (Aztec, Book 3) by Gary Jennings