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 "Hooked me in five pages. The main character is fascinatingly complex and unusual."---Conn Iggulden, author of The Field of Swords Mexico, 1517.Emperor Montezuma rules the known world. Daily canoes and trains of sweating bearers carry tribute to his island capital, Mexico-Tenochtitlán, while squadrons of ruthless warriors enforce his will. Gold, silver, cotton, jewels, a "Hooked me in five pages. The main character is fascinatingly complex and unusual."---Conn Iggulden, author of The Field of Swords Mexico, 1517.Emperor Montezuma rules the known world. Daily canoes and trains of sweating bearers carry tribute to his island capital, Mexico-Tenochtitlán, while squadrons of ruthless warriors enforce his will. Gold, silver, cotton, jewels, and precious feathers change hands in his markets. The temples run with the blood of human sacrifices. All seems well, but Montezuma is troubled. Mysterious strangers have appeared in the East. Are they men or gods? Visions and rumors disturb his dreams. The soothsayers he turns to for guidance give him only enigmatic answers, and he knows he cannot trust his advisers---especially his chief minister, the unscrupulous Lord Feathered in Black.Yaotl, the chief minister's slave, is troubled, too. He was ordered to escort a sacrificial victim up the steps of the Great Pyramid, but the victim ran amok, uttering a bizarre and sinister prophecy and leaping to his death before the War-God's priests could cut out his heart. Then Yaotl learns that the emperor's soothsayers have vanished.The emperor senses a connection between these two events and orders Yaotl to find it---on pain of death if he fails. But it soon becomes clear that whatever the connection is, Yaotl's own master will stop at nothing---including murder---to keep it secret.To get to the truth will take all Yaotl's wits and will to survive. It will lead him into confrontations with the peril destined to overwhelm his whole world and with a monster from his own past - and into the hands of a sadistic killer. Praise for Demon of the Air  "Loved the black humor of the sacrifice. The main character was fascinatingly complex and unusual---I was very pleased to know there's more of Yaotl to come."---Conn Iggulden, bestselling author of The Field of Swords "A very exciting murder mystery mixed with a mordant sense of humor and a firm grasp of the history and culture of the period. A marvelous read."---Paul Doherty, author of the Brother Athelstan series "The adventure proves gripping and always surprising, and uses its historical background to perfection. A most rewarding read."---Maxim Jakubowski in the The Guardian...

Title : Demon of the Air
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ISBN : 9780312348342
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Demon of the Air Reviews

  • Richard Derus
    2019-03-17 03:29

    Rating: 3.25* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Mexico-Tenochtitlan, in the year Twelve-House: the vast, teeming city of the Aztecs at the height of its glory. sacrificial victim up the steps of the Great Pyramid to celebrate the Festival of the Raising of Banners. at the ritual slaughter of the so-called Flowery Death. Yaotl's only worry is how to explain it to his master. questions about the sorcerers who have vanished from his impregnable prison, Yaotl realises he needs answers soon. threaten the future of everything he knows.My Review: I felt transported to pre-Conquest Tenochtitlan. The main character is a very complex and involving man, and it's fun to get to know him. The world he inhabits is deeply interesting and drawn in careful, artlessly presented detail. Levack should give lessons in world-building to most historical novelists, since evreything I learned was tied to character development not to mere didacticism.The mystery itself was not as wonderful as the storytelling that got us to the end. It's predictable, and I can't say that I as a queer man appreciated the villain's queerness being presented as a source of his villainy. It's accurate to the times and the culture, of course, and there's nothing that suggests it's gratuitous except that one really didn't need any information about sexual orientation to make the mystery make sense.A flaw, and a serious one at that. It feels like the author could be venting some personal animus in this characterization, though I have no evidence of this and can't support it with anything aside from my own feelings. An entire star taken off my personal rating. But withal, the author's abilities are such that I have all the books in the series lined up on the night-table ready to be read.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  • Linda Owen
    2019-03-16 08:34

    A lot of information about the Aztecs, but somewhat confusing. A lot of characters and activities that don't seem to follow well.

  • Pete Jones
    2019-03-20 10:18

    Let’s just cut to the quick: this is pedestrian mystery acted out by stereotyped characters in an exotic venue and time. The story contains “as few Nahuatl words as possible” according to the author favoring clarity at the expense of strict accuracy. Also for our benefit the author admits that, “I have…been similarly cavalier in choosing English replacements for most of the frequently recurring personal names.” This is his justification for referring to the emperor as Montezuma “although Motechzoma would be more accurate.”For reasons I can’t fathom there are maps that would have probably helped my comprehension somewhat, but they are at the end of the book—they’re not included in the table of contents. I only discovered after finishing the story since they appear immediately after the last page of the story. I read the Kindle version of the book and maybe that is peculiar to that version since on my Paperwhite most maps and illustrations are unreadable since you can’t zoom in and out and the resolution for graphics leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Dark-Draco
    2019-02-25 08:06

    This is something a little bit different. It's a mystery thriller, but set in the Ancient world of the Aztecs. Yaotl is a slave, asked to solve the mysterious disappearence of some sourcerers by the Emperor. Only he soon realises that to do so is to go agaist his Masters wishes. Murder, kidnapping and beatings soon follow.It's a good story, bloodthirsty in places (such as the blow by blow account of the human sacrifices on top of the God's pyramids) and will keep you reading until the end. My only problem was that some of the language was a bit too modern sounding and dragged me out of the ancient atmosphere. But I'm sure you'll enjoy nontheless - I certainly did.Well worth reading just because it's so different from the run of the mill thrillers.

  • Bobbie N
    2019-03-09 07:10

    SUMMARY: In this first of the series, the Aztec Emperor Montezuma is troubled by dreams and rumors about pale strangers appearing in the east, and turns to soothsayers for guidance. When the soothsayers suddenly vanish and the Chief Minister is suspected of knowing more than he has told, Montezuma calls upon the Chief Minister’s slave, Yaotl, to spy on his master and locate the soothsayers. COMMENTS: A well-crafted, gripping mystery with characters that are easy to relate to and a thoroughly-researched cultural / historical background. I look forward to reading the next one.

  • Christian
    2019-02-25 07:19

    A solid if not spectacular historical mystery novel, interesting primarily for the exotic setting (Aztec city two years before the arrival of the Spaniards). Would recommend it to any fan of historical mysteries who may want a change of pace from the more commonly employed setting of medieval Europe.

  • Brett
    2019-03-19 05:05

    I picked this off the "recommended shelf" at the library, but what a mistake that turned out to be. I thought it was terrible. The only good thing about my checking it off the recommended shelf is perhaps the book will now go into general circulation and subsequent library patrons will not be duped into picking it up as a "recommended read."

  • Otto Benz
    2019-03-06 06:33

    Not bad - quite amusing detective tale of Aztec Mexico. Not as good as the Roman Falco series though. Slave to the chief minister solves a mystery involving disappearance of sorcerers. Lots of death.

  • Kathleen McRae
    2019-03-03 02:15

    I enjoyed this book although some of it was a bit unbelievable. I liked the character set in Mexico in 1517 but using todays expressions and speech patterns. it made it an easy read and much as it is hard to reconcile a slave having that kind of freedom perhaps it was true in montezumas time

  • David Richardson
    2019-03-06 07:14

    Nice mystery set in Aztec times. I thought the ending was a little flat, but that is just me.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-12 03:12

    I really enjoyed this book. It was intresting to read of a murder mystery with a setting in a diffrent culture to what I am use to. Wouldn't mind reading the rest.

  • Lynn
    2019-02-26 02:30

    Passable plot and the setting is well developed. But the prose is pedestrian and the minor plot inconsistencies are annoying

  • Héctor Espinoza
    2019-03-18 02:17

    Simplemente increíble. Bien contado, emocionante, divertido. Si tienen oportunidad, léanlo.

  • Gigi
    2019-03-13 04:19

    One of the most striking, unique, humorous openings of any historical mystery (first page available at The Aztec setting was fascinating.

  • Lana Kamennof-sine
    2019-02-25 10:10

    Filled with historically accurate info. Fascinating glimpse into the way state & religion operated.(wished it had been available when I was doing my grade 5 project on the Aztecs ;-) )

  • Megan
    2019-03-02 03:21

    This could be confusing because there was so much to cover: unfamiliar setting and customs plus the mystery, plot, and characters. But overall I enjoyed it and will pursue the next.

  • Nikki
    2019-03-13 10:25

    Hard to finish. You don't get to know any of the characters in depth, so the reading is static.

  • Susan
    2019-02-23 05:16

    Some good writing, but also some discomfortingly casual cannibalism. Definitely not a usual setting for a novel, and it's always interesting to watch an author try to make the very odd seem everyday.

  • Karen
    2019-03-07 03:12

    A who-done-it with a twist ... it's set in Mexico at the time of the Aztecs.

  • Chris
    2019-03-06 05:08

    Uninspiring and slow. Not a book I would recommend and certainly not inclined to purchase the sequel. Found in the bargain bin and should have left it there.

  • Suzanne
    2019-03-04 09:25

    pretty good but not great. Enjoyed the historical element. Interesting that the author is British.