The triumphant, controversial life of the Aztec woman Malinali is one of the great and enduring legends of Mexico. A high-born Mexican heiress, she was sold into slavery as a child, and it was as a slave of the Maya that she met the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes. To her, and many of the Mexica, Cortes, with his growing beard and pale skin, was Feathered Serpent, the god whose return to earth foretold the end of Montezuma's fabled empire. The daughter of a prophet, Malinali knew her fate lay with Feathered Serpent and his invaders.

To this day she is reviled as a traitor by Mexico's native people, but is also honored as a heroine and symbolic mother of a mixed-race nation. This is her story - and the story of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, which for better or worse changed the Americas forever. In Feathered Serpent, Colin Falconer brings the Aztec empire to life in blazing color and gives voice to the incomparable Malinali, who transcended her role as Cortes's translator and consort to become a fiery agent of history against all odds.

Author

Colin Falconer

Pseudonym Of

Colin Bowles

Colin Bowles was born in North London. He moved to Australia in the seventies and worked in advertising. He started writing when his wife was two months pregnant and they had just arrived in Sydney from Perth with nowhere to live. He says it helped focus his mind. He worked as a freelance journalist contributing articles to many magazines, newspapers and periodicals including The Australian, Playboy, Cosmopolitan, The Bulletin, Qantas Airways magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, GH, and She. Columnist for magazines including Gourmet Traveller and Ansett Inflight Magazine. He also wrote for radio and television, while working on his first novel, which was eventually five years in the making. For the last fifteen years he has been a full time novelist, writing as Colin Falconer, with his work published widely in Europe, the UK and the USA, and translated into sixteen languages. He travels regularly to research his novels and in the last two years has completed promotional tours for translations of his novels in Mexico, Turkey, and Romania.

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Series: Madeleine Fox

Book Number:
2
2000
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1
1999
Review Review - DISAPPEARED, Anthony Quinn
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
ISBN
1400049571
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