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Book Title: Demon of the Air|
The author of the book: Simon Levack
ISBN 13: 9780312348342
Edition: St. Martin's Minotaur
Date of issue: September 1st 2005
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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
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
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Read information about the authorSimon Levack is a British author of historical mystery novels set in Precolumbian Mexico on the eve of the Spanish colonization of the Americas and feature as the protagonist Yaotl, a fictitious slave to Tlilpotonqui, the CihuacÃ³atl or chief minister in the Aztec state of Tenochtitlan under Hueyi Tlatoani, or Emperor, Moctezuma II. Demon of the Air won the Debut Dagger Award, given by the UK Crime Writers' Association, in 2000. He has also published short stories in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine featuring the same character and setting. His work has been noted for its historical detail, complex plotting, humour and often graphic violence. He has acknowledged australian historian and anthropologist Inga Clendinnen and the work of Bernardino de Sahagún, compiler of the Florentine Codex, as influences; he has also (in an interview with the Criminal History ezine) indicated that science fiction has been an influence on his work.
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