VALLEY OF THE EAGLES by Dexter Allen

VALLEY OF THE EAGLES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The third of a trilogy (Jaguar and The Golden Stag, 1954, and Coil of the Serpent, 1955) this follows the story Nezahual, Aztec Lord of Tezcuco, to its end at the time of the coming of the Spaniards to Mexico. The lake cities of the valley of Mexico, the demanding, jealous gods and the warnings and portents they evidence to their priests, background the progress of the three sons, Cacama, Temozin and Ixtlil, of the retired Nezahual, underscore the destiny of Tizoc, the priest who has feared Ixtlil, and write the collapse of the Empire. Ixtlil's brooding ferocity and rigid assumption of his prerogatives, his band of youthful desperadoes and his self willed acts; Temozin's gentle development and ill fated romance with his father's last consort, the princess Nicte; the disruption among the nobles; Ixtlil's murder of Tizoc and his persecution of Temozin -- these make up a story, gory in its rites and practices, violent in its events and overshadowed by its doom. A full panoply of historical interpretation rounds out this sequence.

Pub Date: July 25th, 1957
Publisher: Coward-McCann