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on 29 June 2009
The Goldsmith's Daughter is a beautifully written book, set in the time of the Aztecs in South America. As the Aztecs are hardly taught at schools today, it is a fascinating read and each detail is extremely interesting. It tells the story of a young girl, who is prophesied at birth to have a terrible future. As she grows up she finds this difficult to live with, especially as her brother is predicted to do great things. She is the daughter of a goldsmith, living in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, and knows that her duties in life must revolve around cooking and cleaning. Soon she discovers, though, that she has a precious gift for making beautiful things and cannot resist helping her father in his workshop. But this proves to be dangerous and with the threat of Spanish invaders, she realises that her world is being turned upside down. A wonderful book that includes romance, mystery and drama. The only bad point is that the book contains a slightly unsatisfactory ending but the whole thing is a very good read, and would be wonderful as a gift.
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on 21 April 2010
Having read 'Apache, Girl Warrior' by the same author, and thoroughly enjoying it, I thought I would try this one. I'm glad I did. The research that Tanya Landman carried out for the story, even though a fictious story, was amazing. The subject matter for both books has been a passion for me as long as I can remember, and both brought history to life. These will remain in my collection, not sold on as usually happens. Will certainly read again. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 26 October 2008
This is one of the best books I have ever read (apart from The Book Thief The Book Thief). It's a story set in Tenochtitlan, an Aztec city, and it's about a girl called Itacate. She falls in love with a Spanish invader, and, as you can imagine, trouble follows. But the way it talks about love is beautiful, and the way Landman has written it is amazing! Considering that the Aztecs were around quite a while ago, Landman has really captured the heart of the Aztec Civilization - for me it was as real as my own, real life. I really believed in the gods of the Aztec world. It's a real masterpiece - a must for all teenagers and adults alike!
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on 23 July 2015
I loved this book and I found it very interesting because it was about the Aztecs and not many people think about them much or what happened to them. I think Tanya Landman is a amazing author and I hope she writes more books so I can read and enjoy them with relish!😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 October 2010
Fifteen-year-old Itacate, an Aztec girl who lives in the great city of Tenochtitlán, began her life by defying the gods, refusing to be cast aside in the corner and left to die. Born under a bad sky a few moments before her twin brother's welcome birth, the priests predict that she will bring ill fortune to all those around her, while her brother is destined to be a great warrior.

Itacate loves her brother, Mitotiqui, dearly, but cannot help but feel resentment as their paths diverge in life - his to education and a life blessed by the gods, and hers to a life of drudgery, chained to a loom and pounding maize, with no hope for anything better.

One day, their father, a goldsmith, recognizes Itacate's eye for working with stones and fine metal, and Itacate unwittingly replaces her brother as her father's assistant, incurring his jealousy. While they must keep Itacate's involvement in her father's workshop a secret, since it is forbidden for a woman to work with gold, the gods appear displeased, for a fire and then a flood attack their city.

Soon after, rumors begin circulating that strangers have appeared in the land of the Maya, and they are traveling towards Tenochtitlán. Itacate and her father, commissioned by the great leader, Montezuma, to work in the palace, soon find themselves involved firsthand when the Spanish invade the inner court of Montezuma's palace. With the destruction, war, and loss that inevitably befall the entire Aztec empire, Itacate wonders if the prediction made at the time of her birth was true, or if something akin to peace may indeed be found in her future.

Although the author took much liberty regarding the sequence and particulars of these ancient events, I found myself captivated by her treatment of this historical period. Seeing the world through the eyes of a young Aztec woman, one of the silent majority who have left little mark on historical records, brings a fresh view to the everyday life of the citizens of this once great empire.

Reviewed by: Allison Fraclose
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