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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

review: at road's end by Zoe Saadia

If only these stones could talk. - "Digging for the Truth" Mystery of the Anasazi (2005) 

At Road's End
Tecpatl wants the task of escorting a group of traders done and over with but the journey is far from over. before he can return to his homeland, Tecpatl will find himself engaging in battle and unexpectedly falling in love with Sakuna of the Great Houses. 
author Zoe Saadia's first book in her Pre-Aztec series invites the reader to a bygone era where cliff-dwelling people known to us today as the Anasazi flourished. it also speculates on what could have contributed to the Anasazi's disappearance hundreds of years ago. 
since discovering the works of  historical novelist Gary Jennings, i have been fascinated by anything related to the Azteca, the Mayans, Incas and similar cultures. with that in mind, i did not hesitate in grabbing a copy of this book and i was generally impressed with Ms. Zaadia's novel. 
Tecpatl and Sakuna's story revolve around known historical and archeological data. there is no question about the amount of research that went into this book. the author's imagination and creativity gave birth to the rest. 
i think the dialogs between Tecpatl and Sakuna were well written. through these exchanges, their respective personalities and cultural differences were brought to the fore. 
i did notice some awkward sentences and typos along the way but these did not deter me from enjoying the book as a whole. in fact, i am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
*At Road's End (Pre-Aztec Series Book 1) is available at Amazon. for more information about Zoe Saadia and her work, please visit http://blog.zoesaadia.com/ and follow her on Twitter  and Facebook.
my personal rating is:
At Road's End contains material not suitable for younger readers 15 and under. 

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