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- Publication Date: October 23, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B009W1HY52
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In this third book, there is so much going on that keeps your turning the pages. There is a child emperor who is entirely over his head and manipulated at every turn by his conniving mother, the First Wife of the late emperor. There is the former warlord (The Old Aztec/Tepanec) who still holds the respect and admiration of the troops. The new warlord has his eyes on the emperor's title, as does several others in this major power struggle. The young emperor's mother did the unimaginable to get her son into power and now she is the true ruler of this empire. She is ruthless and cunning.
The primary romance of the story centers around Kuini and the Emperor's second wife. They have been in love since they were kids, but circumstances beyond their control have kept them apart. They rekindle their romance in this story, but they do so at great risk, as they both could be put to death if caught. Dehe, the primary female from "Crossing Worlds", returns in this book. She is determined to have Kuini for herself and is willing to go to most any length to keep him for herself.
There is so much intrigue going on and such a power struggle that you will not know who will come out on top until the very end. This is a remarkable book by a talented author. You should start out with "The Highlander". If you do, it will start you down the path of a terrific series. Thank you Ms. Saadia for this series. I look forward to "Currents of War".
A Review by Anthony T. Riggio of The Emperor's Second Wife (The Rise of the Aztecs series book III) by Zoe Saadia
This is the fourth book I have read by Zoe Saadia and her stories have seemed to grow on me and I enjoyed this third book somewhat more and have rated it accordingly, with four stars.
I must confess, however, I failed to read her Crossing Worlds and consequently struggled to figure what had happened to all the characters from the first book in this series, mea culpa.
As I was reading book 3, I had an idea that may be helpful to Zoe in her future writings. Because the names of the characters and the conflicting town/kingdoms to read are so difficult to keep track of (perhaps, my fault in failing to read book two) a glossary or listing of names with their respective roles in the trilogy "plus", would be most helpful to the reader. Additionally, a map of the separate kingdoms would provide a perspective for those needing the visual reinforcement.
I offer this suggestion to invite future readers and not let them be floundering trying to remember names and places, especially for a reader like me that may go through three or four books in a week.
The Emperor's Second Wife is not only a continuation of an epic tale but one of the romance between two growing and maturing characters. I have to say the romantic encounters are done with respect and dignity and are quite moving for the reader. Zoe Saadia has truly analyzed the main characters in such a way that the reader is drawn in to the fabric of the story. I have to say, that there was some confusion to me of the Chief Warlord and the old (uncle) Warlords as well as some of Kuini's newer comrades/antagonists. This is where a reference list would be most helpful.
The Emperor's second wife, Iztac has become a most intriguing character and her role in the confronting the First wife is fascinating. They may, in fact be cut from the same cloth as both are very intelligent, wise, ambitious and yet cruel; both are devoted to the boy emperor.
I am not sure a trilogy will suffice to complete the saga of these characters and the ultimate formation of the Aztec kingdom. I sure would like to know what happens to the "Highlands".
I recommend this series to lovers of history and well developed characters and story lines but caution that they should be read in proper sequence.
The stories are gripping, exciting, and, I assume, historically accurate (in the broader themes) as proscribed by this well written author. I look forward to more of her work, especially anything about pre-conquest Mesoamerica.
So annoying I would re-read only to understand the character of the next book if this series.
If you enjoyed Mel Gibson's Apocalypse then you will LOVE this series. Offering so much more a mini series would become my "must watch". Now reading the last book and dreading the end of this series hoping theres more to come. A great writer with a well researched subject.
Only note this book had more proof reader errors but none that seriously interrupt the experience.