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The Young Jaguar (Pre-Aztec Trilogy, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Zoe Saadia
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Having achieved the exalted position of a Chief Warlord, Tecpatl was content, happy with his career and his family. Even his refusal to take an additional wife, a necessary thing for a man of his status, especially if his woman was a barbarian imported from the distant lands of Anasazi, did nothing to hinder his progress up the Tepanec military ladder.  He was too successful as a War Leader to care about the opinions of others.

Yet, when the old Emperor dies, leaving two dominant heirs to struggle for succession, Tecpatl suddenly finds it difficult to follow the edicts of the dead ruler. With Atolli, his elder son and a very promising but hotheaded youth, getting caught in the political turmoil, everything changes. Tecpatl is forced to choose between his duty and his family, while his wife takes her own non-traditional paths to deal with the crisis.

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From the Author

Fifteen years later, Tecpatl is back in the Great Capital of the Tepanecs, a Chief Warlord and a very content man, still married to the Anasazi woman he loves, the woman his peers view as a barbarian. Yet, when Atolli, his elder son and a very promising but hotheaded youth, gets caught up in the political turmoil, he is forced to face a whole new set of troubles.

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Set amidst the adventure and intrigue of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, this fascinating novel follows a chief warlord who must choose between duty and family when his son is caught in a potentially destructive political crisis

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  • File Size: 659 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UII58E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living through History Vividly June 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Young Jaguar" is the second entry in author Zoe Saadia's exciting Pre-Aztec Series. I totally enjoyed Book 1, "At Road's End," but possibly this novel may be even better. Any of Ms. Saadia's books are an education in themselves: with smooth writing, fast pace, and enjoyable characters who quickly elicit the reader's empathy, we learn about a period of time so long ago, and yet in many ways, so much like our own. Certainly the peoples of that time suffered and joyed, became impassioned or bored, frustrated or patient, just as do we. Ms. Saadia brings all this home vividly, and we feel as if we're reading the story of our friends, family, and neighbors-only the setting, fashions, and some of the situations are different. Probably not too many of us (in Western culture) encounter temples on every corner, each dedicated to a different deity (or do we?) yet how is this so dissimilar? Certainly we can each relate to the ongoing plot lines and to the characters, and we learn much more about the settings and the era than if we were instead reading a dry-as-dust archaeological recounting. Ms. Saadia possesses an immense talent for bringing these long-gone eras to life, making them vivid, sensory, and clear to contemporary readers. What are you waiting for? Drop everything and go buy this series!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Second Book in Great Series September 30, 2012
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I was so impressed with Zoe Saadia's "At Road's End", the fist in the series belonging to The Young Jaguar, that I plunged right into the second book in the series. I wasn't disappointed. Zoe has a gift for moving a story along with just enough action, just enough emotion and just enough suspense to keep you greedily turning the pages. Great book, great author. A must read.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Masterpiece April 1, 2013
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Unless the reader has some knowledge of Meso America, a lot of the color in the tale will make little sense. On the other hand, it is an interesting read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book April 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I've always been fascinated with this period of history & this book brings it alive. The characters are true to historical descriptions as is the plot. Well researched & well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book April 9, 2013
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Very entertaining! Will read the next one. Lots of period detail and new slant on what happened in that time
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Felt like I was back in the day May 11, 2013
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A great glimpse into life in per Aztec times. Easy to relate to the common political intrigues and domestic struggles teenagers were the same then as now!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aztec Series May 3, 2013
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Wasn't sure when I purchased this book but after the 1st Chapter, I knew it was a winner. I love to read Historical series and this one took me to another part of the world I have not ventured before. Story line was great. Pat S
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Young Jaguar (Pre-Aztec Series, Book 1) May 3, 2013
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I am reading this book now and so far it is fantastic, can't put it down... I will add more to this review when I finish the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't know squat about Mezo-America but...
I did enjoy this. It wasn't a Pulitzer Prize winner but the characters were interesting and compelling, the storyline may not have been the most original (but what storyline... Read more
Published 1 day ago by JW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
What a fascinating book! I found it to be pure genius when the two main characters are involved in a monogamous relationship, which is considered deviant by society. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Daryl K Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars for young and older readers
This is a classic historical novel. The romance is of a GP-13 nature making it fitting for young adults as well as seasoned readers. It is a very quick and easy read. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Camilla Blain
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting
This book was somewhat interesting. I appreciated the characters of Tecpatl and Sakuna, especially the ideas Sakuna had about women during this time. Read more
Published 6 days ago by GinnyReader
5.0 out of 5 stars A wild ride down a warriors story.
Very well written and nicely done story. I have really enjoyed this author and the characters in this book. Read more
Published 14 days ago by B. Appling
1.0 out of 5 stars Too dry
The story really never takes off with interest. There is too much confusion as to the characters in the story.
Published 1 month ago by shopwife
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
i never finished this book. it might be good, but i got bored right up front. maybe it just isnt my type of reading.
Published 1 month ago by W. Redmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Zoe Saadia is my new author. All her books on the early Americans are great. She needs to write more about the early Americans.
Published 1 month ago by Joe W
1.0 out of 5 stars dull
It was terribly hard to pronounce the Aztec names & places. Didn't fill the bill. I didn't even finish the book.
Published 1 month ago by Nina LaQuino
1.0 out of 5 stars Young Jaguar
Did not complete the book, stopped after a few chapters. Not interesting and hard to stay with it, not my type of rreading.
Published 1 month ago by Don H
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More About the Author

Zoe Saadia is the author of several novels of pre-Columbian Americas.

Having researched various pre-contact cultures of this continent for more than a decade, she is convinced that it's a shame that such a large part of history was completely overlooked, by historical fiction most of all.

Both Americas has an extremely rich, diverse, fascinating history long before this continent was discovered by other civilizations.
So her professional motto is set. America has not been discovered by other continents, not yet. Not in her novels :)

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