A bearer of doom, or a bringer of change? As the Aztec empire falls, one girl defies her destiny. (Age 12 and up)
In the golden city of Tenochtitlán, the people live in awe of Emperor Montezuma and in fear of blood-hungry gods. Under an ill-fated sky, a girl is born, facing a life of submission and domestic drudgery. But Itacate has a secret passion for goldwork, forbidden to women, and is forced to disguise her identity to protect herself and her family. When her city is shaken by Cortez’s invasion, Itacate challenges fate, culture, and faith by crafting golden statues — and pursuing the love of a man who should be her enemy. From the author of I AM APACHE comes a tale of clashing cultures, a rich and powerful depiction of Aztec life during the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
About the Author
Tanya Landman is the author of the acclaimed novel I AM APACHE. She lives in Devon, England.
Pulse-pounding yet sensitive saga of a girl's struggle for true freedom…Using sturdy, almost old-fashioned prose, Landman constructs an immersive world that acknowledges both the Aztecs' brutality and sophistication. —Booklist (starred review)