- Paperback: 568 pages
- Publisher: Peach Publishing; 6/29/13 edition (July 31, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780361904
- ISBN-13: 978-1780361901
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 363 customer reviews
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***See WAR GOD'S FANTASTIC REVIEWS on Amazon.co.uk*** This is the epic story of the clash of two empires, two armies and two gods of war. Five hundred desperate adventurers are about to pit themselves against the most brutal armies of the ancient Americas, armies hundreds of thousands strong. Dark powers that work behind the scenes of history show their hand as the prophecy of the return of Quetzalcoatl is fulfilled with the arrival of Cortés. The Aztec ruler Moctezuma fights to maintain the demands of the war god Huitzilopochtli for human sacrifice. The Spanish Inquisition is planning an even greater blood-letting. Yet, in the midst of the brutal and bloody battles, deep friendship and love survive through the massacres. Tozi, a young girl, who has seen many deaths inflicted in many ingenious and horrible ways, uses her magical gifts to save those she loves. Pepillo, a Spanish orphan who serves a sadistic Dominican friar, is taken under the wing of Cortés, and begins to learn what it takes to be a conquistador. They are caught up in the headlong collision between two gods of war, along with Malinal, a beautiful sex slave, whose hatred of Moctezuma runs so deep she will sell out her own land and people to destroy him. Praise for WAR GOD: Nights of the Witch ‘Five hundred years ago the old Mexican prophecy which announced the return of Quetzalcoatl came true. In an era dominated by human sacrifices and the decadence of a great culture, bearded men, white-faced, from beyond the sea, arrived to impose their law. In this fast-moving, highly recommended novel, Graham Hancock masterfully reconstructs the biggest clash of civilizations ever, revealing aspects that only a genius author could unveil.’ Javier Sierra, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Supper and The Lost Angel. ‘. . . part historical fact, part fantasy, the effect is as intense as the events themselves. It’s a fascinating read that will have you booking a flight to Mexico long before you finish the book.’ London Evening Standard ‘Interweaving historical fact and vivid fiction, Graham Hancock’s War God is packed full of blood, guts, conflict, sacrifice and witchcraft in the last days of the Aztec empire. The story of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the downfall of Moctezuma is the perfect (if very gory) distraction from modern life.’ Wanderlust ‘It will have you hyperventilating within minutes . . . Meets all the “thriller” criteria with gusto.’ Newcastle Journal ‘Graham Hancock has, once again, produced a book that entertains as well as educates . . . War God is a rich and deeply involving novel that grips you from the very first page. If you can handle the gruesome detail, then you will devour every page and the end will come too soon, leaving you desperate for book two . . .’ Sir Read-A-Lot Blog
About the Author
Graham Hancock is the author of The Sign and the Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, Keeper of the Genesis, Heaven’s Mirror, Supernatural and other bestselling investigations of historical mysteries. Hancock published his first fiction, Entangled, in 2011 and followed it with War God, which is first in the trilogy of his epic historical novels. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages and have sold over five million copies worldwide. His public lectures and broadcasts, including two major TV series for Channel 4, Quest for the Lost Civilisation, and Flooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age, have further established his reputation as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity’s past. Follow Graham Hancock on Twitter: @Graham__Hancock
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I especially liked the weaving of the known history with the Supernatural in a way that is totally in keeping with the cultures in question. It took me awhile to realize what was going on with "The" War God - and I won't say anymore and be a spoiler but lets just say once I did figure it out I think I understood things a lot better.
The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is that I was a little overwhelmed by extremely detailed battle scenes which I'm sure my husband would love (we've both done a lot of historical re-enactment and he does fighting) but eventually just made me feel a bit lost and like I wanted my story back. I think this is a personal preference in reading styles, so those who like military fiction are likely to really enjoy these pages, but I just can't handle them after while (and I feel the same way about the long battle scenes that are sometimes in my husband's own novels).
I also felt just a tiny bit unconnected having so many point of view personages to follow, again I realize this is a popular modern style of writing and useful when you have multiple stories to tie together. But I couldn't help remember how gripped I felt reading the novel AZTEC years ago, which is done as an "autobiography" of the view point personage; and while I thought Mr. Jennings went way over the top in his descriptions of some of the darker stuff, I did feel very connected to his point of view Character; whereas in War God I felt most connected to Tozi the young "witch" girl and Pepito (a young boy of similar age). After while having so many others to try and sort out because a bit hard to deal with, and I realized I was starting to confuse them - that said, I like novels with lots of characters so on balance I would rather have this problem that the usual tendency of modern historical novels to only have five or six people in them.
Still, all in all, I could not stop reading until far into the night for several evenings when I should have been sleeping, always the sign of a good book.
And three cheers for Mr. Hancock for refusing to hide the Aztec's blood lust for sacrifices behind some PC modern revisionist screen. That's because serious historical know that the Aztec's had gotten so out-of-control in this department, that their neighbors totally hated their guts and many were happy to side with Cortez, even saw him as a deliverer from the evil Aztec Empire, especially at first.
Yes, other tribes had similar practices but not nearly to the same degree; the Aztecs were a society that had gone totally out of control on this issue, needing ever expanding wars to bring back prisoners to execute. That in no way takes away from the many amazing things they accomplished as a people; their temples, public buildings, social structure, agriculture, writing (of which precious little is left), military skills etc - but to ignore it also skews history (and I have a degree in history and anthropology).
I am not sure however, that I would have portrayed Moctecazuma in exactly the way that Mr. Hancock has chosen to do so, but his presentation is highly believable and fits with the story (as well as some of the limited historical records).
All together, I recommend this book to anyone; a great combination of history and supernatural fantasy without a vampire or ware-wolf to be seen!
I am waiting happily for the next installment!
One fascination I found is the possibility that the evil demon god of the Mexicas (popularly but inaccurately known by most as the Aztecs), Hummingbird (I won't attempt the Mexica spelling here!) may simply have been another face of the Christian god Peter, not the Peter of the New Testament but the later Peter of the Inquisition and the New World conquest. And what is this demon god up to today?
I have been unable to find an update as to when Part Two of this story may be published. It does seem that GH, from a perusal of his fascinating Facebook page (see Author.GrahamHancock) has been working on it. For me it almost seems Part One is sufficient. I can fill in the outlines and projections from my own imagination.
But this book is a splendid attempt at finding a mass audience, toward gaining a readership of awakening souls to help renovate our present day logjam and remove the Moctezuma's of our time. But will we, as Cortez, find ourselves unable to truly create something better? For interested readers I recommend several writers -- Jim Marrs on the Nazis' continuation after WWII, also his "Alien Agenda," David Wilcock's (a good friend and interviewer of GH) and Wes Penre's works, much of which are free online. The only real revolution is in the human heart.