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Good God: An incredible, immersive journey to the heart of the Aztec (Mexica) Empire, 15 Aug 2013
"War God" is historical fiction at its best, an epic page-turner that recounts the early events of the Spanish conquest of Mexico through the eyes of its participants. Backed by extensive research of first-person accounts, Hancock breathes life into his characters -- from seminal figures like Cortés to Huitzilopochtli, the war god himself -- in a way that is entirely accessible and engaging. His richly detailed descriptions kindle the imagination and immerse the reader in the action, creating a living history that recalls the excellent novels of James Michener.
I really can't say enough positive things about the book, so here are a few highlights:
- Thoughtful selection of point-of-view characters, especially the witch Tozi
- Masterful interplay of real and mystical occurrences
- Clarification of misrepresented moments in this history
On a personal note, I find Mr. Hancock to be an inspiration. "War God" is proof positive of his ability to simultaneously educate and entertain, whether he's giving a lecture or writing a novel.