Arrows of Fire
From the Publisher:
BESTSELLING WRITER OF THE WEDDING GIFT RETURNS WITH NEW NOVEL TAKING READERS INSIDE THE CONQUEST OF MEXICO
“Bodden writes with delicacy, allowing layers of meaning to unfold slowly[.]" – Booklist
It is November 1519, and Hernan Cortés has invaded Moctezoma’s empire, part of the Triple Alliance that rules one of the most advanced civilizations in history.
Told in behind-the-scenes portraits, bestselling author Marlen Bodden’s new novel, Arrows of Fire [Roatan Hall Press, Oct. 14, 2019, ISBN: 9781732974708], takes the reader deep inside the bloody European conquest of Mexico, a colossal clash between powerful forces, and reveals the crack in Moctezoma’s armor – his use of human sacrifice.
In this story, Moctezoma orders his henchmen to kidnap a girl named Flower from her family and imprison her so she can learn to impersonate a warrior goddess and, unbeknown to her, ultimately be sacrificed to the God of War. Moctezoma becomes obsessed with the beautiful Flower and is torn between keeping her as a concubine or offering her to the God of War. But now Cortés nears Tenochtitlan, the Mexican capital, and Moctezoma commands Flower be brought to him to perform the human sacrifice.
Says Bodden, “Arrows of Fire unflinchingly illustrates the brutality of both Cortés and Moctezoma, but it also demonstrates the mightiness of the human spirit and the resilient power of hope.”
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