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Ironhelm: Forgotten Realms (The Maztica Trilogy) Kindle Edition
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The story parallels the real life story of south America with explorers finding Maztica and dominating the natives with steel weaponry and a priest keen to convert the natives to the 'right' God. Of course being the forgotten realms magic, elves and dwarves play a part and distance this novel from the real story but nonetheless as a primer on the history of the Spanish conquest, it's not too bad (just don't use it in any history essays!)
All in all an enjoyable and exciting start to a good trilogy and a welcome break from traditional fantasy setting. It's a shame that more authors don't take advantage of the pre-Cortez south American setting as a setting for fantasy novels - this trilogy plus Aliette De Bodard's Obsidian and Blood trilogy demonstrate how good it can be.
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Let me start out by saying that I am a big fan of good old fashioned, swords-and-sorcery fantasy literature. But, if there’s one thing that I enjoy even more, it’s a story where the author successfully takes the swords-and-sorcery to a whole new milieu. Well, I must say that I think that the author of this book succeeded admirably.
In this book, the author does a great job of bringing pre-Columbian Mesoamerica to life, and then adapting the story of the coming of the conquistadors to it. I found the story to be enjoyable, and quite interesting. Overall, I think that this is a great book, well worth reading over and over again...as I have!
It's hard to say that all things don't belong in Forgotten Realms, but this area wasn't a good fit for the world. Halruaa is a better fit for this sort of culture and actually fits Forgotten Realms.
Dribble. I'm 220 books into Forgotten Realms. This was by and far on the bottom of the list. Dribble. I bought all three on credits; want my credits back lol.
Other than that, there were so much holes in the plot, bland character interactivity, and facts that doesn't add up, like orcs created from maztica warriors when later in forgotten realms they were brought to the world by Gruumsh One Eye.
This is by far the most well-developed Forgotten Realms book I have ever read, although some humour wouldn't have gone amiss.
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