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Daughter of the Sun: A Novel of the Toltec Empire

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Living in prehistoric New Mexico, seventeen-year-old Hoshi-tiwa, the daughter of a corn grower and betrothed to a storyteller's apprentice, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is captured by the powerful and violent ruler of Center Place.
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Barbara Wood wurde in England geboren, lebt aber seit ihrer Kindheit in den Vereinigten Staaten. Sie arbeitete u.a. als Kellnerin und Hunde-Sitterin, dann zehn Jahre lang als technische Assistentin im OP-Bereich eines Krankenhauses. Seit 1980 widmete sie sich dem Schreiben. Die Recherchen für ihre Bücher führten sie um die ganze Welt. Barbara Woods Romane sind internationale Bestseller und in 30 Sprachen übersetzt. 2002 wurde sie für ihren Roman >Himmelsfeuer< mit dem Corine-Preis ausgezeichnet.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 453
Erscheinungsdatum 01.09.2000
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-312-36368-0
Verlag Macmillan US
Maße (L/B/H) 20.9/14.1/3.2 cm
Gewicht 432 g
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A powerful woman
von Vorleser am 20.05.2017
Bewertet: Format: eBook (ePUB)

When I discovered this book on the ‚Up for Adoption‘ page of Audiobookworm Promotion, I absolutely had to listen to it. I remembered having devoured another novel (Virgins of Paradise) by Barbara Wood many years ago, and I remembered how fascinated I had been, even though my memory of the plot is hazy. So, I didn’t even read the... When I discovered this book on the ‚Up for Adoption‘ page of Audiobookworm Promotion, I absolutely had to listen to it. I remembered having devoured another novel (Virgins of Paradise) by Barbara Wood many years ago, and I remembered how fascinated I had been, even though my memory of the plot is hazy. So, I didn’t even read the summary, hence I didn’t know what to expect. Let me tell you, this is a great story that made me think. I wondered about the old religions and beliefs, asking myself whether they weren’t preferable to today’s religions. But my first impression of a peaceful religion was soon shattered, because, as is so often the case, those believing in cruel deeds to please their gods oppress all the others. What puzzled me, was the focus on female virginity before marriage, and the idea that they were makai-yó (outcasts) if they were found out. Somehow, I had always connected this anti-female behaviour with Christendom. However, the book seems extremely well researched, and whether or not this virginity thing is due to poetic licence or actually took place, it doesn’t really matter to me — although it does matter to our main protagonist, Hoshi’tiwa, whose life takes a turn for the worse when she is claimed by the Dark Lord — from then on, she is makai-yó. This book contains everything you could wish for, especially a lot of information about the religious beliefs, rites, traditions, clothing, food, drink, and daily life of the Toltecs shortly before they perished. All this information isn’t easily found on the www, so much about these people is still shrouded in myth, with few facts known. Barbara Wood masterfully crafts an engaging story that you won’t want to put down. It is great that this novel is now available as audio book, and the narrator, Rebecca Roberts, does a fantastic job at narrating it. Her voice in my head was never obtrusive, she simply drew me in, and I was there, on center green, seeing it all before me, suffering with the slaves, connecting with Jakál even. There is only one character who is truly ugly inside and out, all the others have many facets, and though you may not like them, you can understand them. The combination of a great story and a wonderful narration makes for a very enjoyable 15.5 hours of listening time. As mentioned above, I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.