Monday, 9 September 2013

The Highlander: Rise of the Aztecs by Zoe Saadia

Zoe Saadia's interest in and knowledge of the Pre-Columbian America's really shines through in this excellent historical tale. I do love reading historical fiction which is based in fact where the general population was concerned as it gives you a real feel for what some of our more ancient civilisations may have been like and how they may have interacted with each other.

The story itself is part of a saga of several books and this one joins Coyotl and Kuini, two young men from different regions who meet on the hills and who strike up a friendship which could ultimately see them fighting on different sides in an impending war. Coyotl is destined to become the Emperor of Texcoco when his father elevates his mother to first wife but war is coming because of this decision and there are many twists and turns whilst the surrounding leaders decide whose side they will fight on. For the young men, they know that this could end a friendship they cherish. When Kuini visits Texcoco with Coyotl whilst he still can, events unfold which leaves Kuini's own heritage in question. And then he falls in love.

This is a beautiful and well written story and one which I intend to keep reading. Zoe Saadia has a real gift for storytelling and writes with a natural, easy flow whilst pulling you into a story you want more and more of.


The Highlander: Rise of the Aztecs (Book 1)

Zoe Saadia's books can be found here on Amazon UK

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Twitter: @ZoeSaadia


  1. Ah, I'm so glad you've read this - I think Zoe is one of the most natural story tellers I've read amongst the independently published. I too like reading historical fiction for the same reasons as you :)

  2. I'm very much looking forward to the next one in the series, it's on my PRL ready and waiting :)


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