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

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Length: 198 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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: 841 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UII58E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mallory A. Haws Reviews on June 4, 2012
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"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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Melodie Ramone on 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By teacheroliver on June 3, 2014
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The complexity of the lives of the people who lived in early America is astounding. Family dynamics and the caste system is a strong part of the story. Historical information makes the novel seem to be a real peek into their world. I am anxious to read the next in the trilogy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Masquerade Crew on April 30, 2013
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MARK'S REVIEW

This is why I love reading Indie. Supporting authors who don't have the traditional support system makes me feel good, and I can get just as excited about an Indie book as I can with a traditionally published book.

The plot, though not the most unique, comes alive because of the characters, specifically the three main characters. Another review mentioned that the characters weren't well fleshed out, but I totally disagree. Each of the characters, both major and minor, are unique. Their actions aren't all dictated by the same cookie-cutter, bland personality you find in some books. In fact, the actions and decisions of the three main characters, members of the same family, often kept me on the edge of my seat.

Although it isn't absolutely necessary to understand what's going on, reading At Road's End before this one did help. Not only was I familiar with some of the characters, but I could see the growth of these characters. Comparing the two books, I will say that the characterization in this book is better than the first, though if you've read my review of the other book, you know I enjoyed that one as well.

And one other thing that I like that some other reviewers turn their nose up at: the historical aspects aren't overwhelming. You get a taste for the time period without having to completely immerse yourself in it. I would classify this as light historical, so if you're a fan of detailed, extremely accurate historical novels, you may not find Zoe's writing all that interesting. And I say you're missing out, for I think I will eventually read everything that Zoe has published. She's definitely on my favorite author list.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marylee Tennyson on October 25, 2014
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Great historical fiction. Am looking forward to reading more of this author, for stadia,s works . I will soon be an avid fan,based on this easy read
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 17, 2015
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The Young Jaguar by Zoe Saadia is the first book in a pre-Aztec trilogy, and introduces us to Atolli, a teenager in the Tepenic Empire of Central America, whose father is Tecpatl, the Chief Warlord. Prior to the rise of the Aztec Empire, this Empire was strong and growing. Tecpatl's position is very high within the social structure and he is very content, having returned from a series of successful wars, and he loves his family. His wife, Sakuna, followed Tecpatl home when he warred in her native land of the Anasazis, and theirs is a deep and respectful love that has withstood the criticism of the Tepenic elite. Atolli is a hot-headed daredevil, who climbs the walls of the palace with the skill and cunning of a jaguar, just for fun.

The story begins when Atolli, his best friend Mecatl and some other adventurous boys from the warrior school that Atolli attends, roam the palace walls at night, drinking octli, a potent drink reserved for the warriors of the tribe. This is a serious transgression, but an adventure they have taken before. This time, they are discovered and chased and Atolli and Mecatl fall over the wall into one of the palace gardens. There they meet Chictli, the beautiful daughter of the second son of the Emperor, and Atolli is smitten.

His position as Tecpatl's son saves him from serious punishment, but he has to vow to support Chictli's father in the future as one of his warriors. At the same time, the Emperor dies, making Tecpatl vow to support his first son as the new Emperor, thus putting him at odds not only with his son, but much of the Tepenic elite. Tecpatl is thus forced to choose between his duty to the new Emperor and his family, which ultimately puts them all in danger. Sakuna uses her skill with herbs and healing to deal with the crisis.
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