Aztec Stars

Fiction (all genres) and Nonfiction about the Aztecs.

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.

Related Reading List: Cortes


  • Atomik Aztec
    Author: Foster, Sesshu
    Publisher: City Lights $ 15.95 ISBN: 0872864405 Date: 2006
    star PW
    In the alternate universe of this glitteringly surreal first novel, the Aztecs rule, having conquered the European invaders. Zenzontli, Keeper of the House of Darkness, is visited by visions of a parallel world run by the Europeans, where consumerism reigns supreme. Aztecs armed with automatic weapons, totemic powers and blood sacrifice conquer and colonize 1940s Europe, as ghosts of the world wars emerge to haunt contemporary Los Angeles. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Alternate History
    Updated 10.24.05
  • Wasteland of Flint
    Author: Harlan, Thomas
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 076530192x Date: 2003
    star Kirkus
    In five centuries, the mighty Empire of the Mexica, descendants of the ancient Aztecs, has spread out to conquer the earth. Now, on a desolate, barren world far from the heart of civilization, Gretchen Andersson, a young human xeno-archeologist is about to discover an awesome, long-buried secret that could alter the galactic balance of power forever.
    Updated 3.13.03
  • House of Reeds
    Author: Harlan, Thomas
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765301938 Date: 2004
    "In Harlan's exciting sequel to Wasteland of Flint, which imagined a future dominated by a triumphant Japanese-flavored Aztec empire . . . Harlan clearly pays homage to Jack Vance and other classic writers of SF's Golden Age."--"Publishers Weekly."
    Updated 8.18.05
  • Obsidian Sky
    Author: Garcia, Guy
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0671864793 Date:1994
    Aztec myth, modern science, romance, and political upheaval come together in this imaginative and haunting novel about a Chicano graduate student who, while researching his dissertation in Mexico City, begins a spiritual and scientific journey that takes him deep into his own troubled past.
    Updated 8.18.05
  • Aztec
    Author: Jennings, Gary
    Publisher: Atheneum $ 15.95 ISBN: 0689110456 Date: 1980
    Here is the extraordinary story of the last and greatest native civilization of North America, at the height of its magnificent. It is a story told in the words of one of the most robust and memorable characters in modern fiction. His name is Mixtil--Dark Cloud. Rising above his lowly station, Mixtil distinguishes himself as a scribe and later a warrior. He earns a fortune as a traveling merchant, exploring every part of what the Aztecs called The One World--the far lands of mountains, jungles, deserts, seacoasts.
    Updated 8.18.05
  • Aztec Autumn
    Jennings, Gary
    Publisher: Forge List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0812539486 Date: 1997
    star PW
    This sequel to Jenning's #1 New York Times Bestselling novel Aztec takes readers to the New World one generation following the Conquest, when the magnificent Aztec empire has fallen beneath the brutal heel of the invading Spaniards. Here a proud, young Aztec called Tenamatli refuses to bow to the foreign conquerors - and secretly begins to recruit, from his people's suffering survivors, an army of insurrection.
  • Death Benefits: A Rachel Gold Mystery
    Author: Kahn, Michael A.
    Publisher: Dutton $ 19 ISBN: 0525934561 Date: 1992
    star Kirkus
    The second Rachel Gold mystery. When a partner in a prestigious St. Louis law firm is found dead in a hotel room--an apparent suicide--Rachel Gold, a no-nonsense young lawyer, is hired to insure that his grief-stricken widow receives all the proper death benefits. But an easy case soon turns into a complex mystery involving Aztec treasure.
    Updated 8.18.05
  • Aztec Blood
    Author: Jennings, Gary
    Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312862512 Date: 2001
    star PW
    The Aztec people have been conquered and a bloody revolt of the Indians put down. In this colorful and exciting era of swords and cloaks, upheaval and revolution, a young beggar boy, with blood of both Spanish and Aztec royalty, must claim his birthright as a vanished culture is brought to life.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 8/20/01
  • Demon of the Air: An Aztec Mystery
    Author: Levack, Simon
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312348347 Date: 2005
    star PWstar LJ
    In this gripping murder mystery, intrigue, drama, treachery and romance combine with historical fact and a potent imagination to bring life to the strange and brutal world of the Aztecs.- Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 9.17.05


  • Legends of the Plumed Serpent: Biography of a Mexican God
    Author: Baldwin, Neil
    Publisher: Public Affairs $ 37.50 ISBN: 18911620037 Date: 1998
    star LJstar PW
    In an erudite tour of the archaeological treasures of Mexico, Neil Baldwin explores the unusual biography of a myth and a detailed cultural history.
    Updated 8.18.05
  • Cortes: The Great Adventurer and the Fate of Aztec Mexico
    Author: Marks, Richard Lee
    Publisher: Knopf $ 27.50 ISBN: 0679406093 Date: 1993
    star Bookliststar Kirkus
    The quintessential conquistador, here is Cortes the man of passion, of principle, of humor in the face of death, of savagery against his enemies. His story is told in the framework of the epic clash between Aztec and Spaniard, intrinsically incompatible civilizations.
    Suggested Reading: Cortes
    Updated 8.18.05

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