A powerful woman
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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 didnt 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 didnt even read the summary, hence I didnt 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 werent preferable to todays 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 doesnt really matter to me although it does matter to our main protagonist, Hoshitiwa, 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 isnt 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 wont 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.