Demon of the Air

Demon of the Air Mexico Tenochtitlan in the year Twelve House the vast teeming city of the Aztecs at the height of its glory sacrificial victim up the steps of the Great Pyramid to celebrate the Festival of the Rais

  • Title: Demon of the Air
  • Author: Simon Levack
  • ISBN: 9780743468145
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mexico Tenochtitlan, in the year Twelve House the vast, teeming city of the Aztecs at the height of its glory sacrificial victim up the steps of the Great Pyramid to celebrate the Festival of the Raising of Banners at the ritual slaughter of the so called Flowery Death Yaotl s only worry is how to explain it to his master questions about the sorcerers who have vanisheMexico Tenochtitlan, in the year Twelve House the vast, teeming city of the Aztecs at the height of its glory sacrificial victim up the steps of the Great Pyramid to celebrate the Festival of the Raising of Banners at the ritual slaughter of the so called Flowery Death Yaotl s only worry is how to explain it to his master questions about the sorcerers who have vanished from his impregnable prison, Yaotl realises he needs answers soon threaten the future of everything he knows.

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    • Simon Levack

      Simon 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 Cihuac atl 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 Sahag n, 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.



    546 thoughts on “Demon of the Air

    • Rating: 3.25* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Mexico-Tenochtitlan, in the year Twelve-House: the vast, teeming city of the Aztecs at the height of its glory. sacrificial victim up the steps of the Great Pyramid to celebrate the Festival of the Raising of Banners. at the ritual slaughter of the so-called Flowery Death. Yaotl's only worry is how to explain it to his master. questions about the sorcerers who have vanished from his impregnable prison, Yaotl realises he needs answers soon. threaten the fu [...]


    • A lot of information about the Aztecs, but somewhat confusing. A lot of characters and activities that don't seem to follow well.


    • Let’s just cut to the quick: this is pedestrian mystery acted out by stereotyped characters in an exotic venue and time. The story contains “as few Nahuatl words as possible” according to the author favoring clarity at the expense of strict accuracy. Also for our benefit the author admits that, “I have…been similarly cavalier in choosing English replacements for most of the frequently recurring personal names.” This is his justification for referring to the emperor as Montezuma “al [...]


    • This is something a little bit different. It's a mystery thriller, but set in the Ancient world of the Aztecs. Yaotl is a slave, asked to solve the mysterious disappearence of some sourcerers by the Emperor. Only he soon realises that to do so is to go agaist his Masters wishes. Murder, kidnapping and beatings soon follow.It's a good story, bloodthirsty in places (such as the blow by blow account of the human sacrifices on top of the God's pyramids) and will keep you reading until the end. My on [...]


    • SUMMARY: In this first of the series, the Aztec Emperor Montezuma is troubled by dreams and rumors about pale strangers appearing in the east, and turns to soothsayers for guidance. When the soothsayers suddenly vanish and the Chief Minister is suspected of knowing more than he has told, Montezuma calls upon the Chief Minister’s slave, Yaotl, to spy on his master and locate the soothsayers. COMMENTS: A well-crafted, gripping mystery with characters that are easy to relate to and a thoroughly-r [...]


    • A solid if not spectacular historical mystery novel, interesting primarily for the exotic setting (Aztec city two years before the arrival of the Spaniards). Would recommend it to any fan of historical mysteries who may want a change of pace from the more commonly employed setting of medieval Europe.


    • I picked this off the "recommended shelf" at the library, but what a mistake that turned out to be. I thought it was terrible. The only good thing about my checking it off the recommended shelf is perhaps the book will now go into general circulation and subsequent library patrons will not be duped into picking it up as a "recommended read."


    • Not bad - quite amusing detective tale of Aztec Mexico. Not as good as the Roman Falco series though. Slave to the chief minister solves a mystery involving disappearance of sorcerers. Lots of death.


    • I enjoyed this book although some of it was a bit unbelievable. I liked the character set in Mexico in 1517 but using todays expressions and speech patterns. it made it an easy read and much as it is hard to reconcile a slave having that kind of freedom perhaps it was true in montezumas time



    • I really enjoyed this book. It was intresting to read of a murder mystery with a setting in a diffrent culture to what I am use to. Wouldn't mind reading the rest.


    • Passable plot and the setting is well developed. But the prose is pedestrian and the minor plot inconsistencies are annoying



    • One of the most striking, unique, humorous openings of any historical mystery (first page available at ). The Aztec setting was fascinating.


    • Filled with historically accurate info. Fascinating glimpse into the way state & religion operated.(wished it had been available when I was doing my grade 5 project on the Aztecs ;-) )


    • This could be confusing because there was so much to cover: unfamiliar setting and customs plus the mystery, plot, and characters. But overall I enjoyed it and will pursue the next.



    • Some good writing, but also some discomfortingly casual cannibalism. Definitely not a usual setting for a novel, and it's always interesting to watch an author try to make the very odd seem everyday.



    • Uninspiring and slow. Not a book I would recommend and certainly not inclined to purchase the sequel. Found in the bargain bin and should have left it there.



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