Running from death seemed unnatural to the High Priestess Tomantzin, but run she does.
She escapes to the jungle after witnessing her father's murder amidst a power struggle within the Mexica Empire and fears for her life. Instead of finding refuge in the jaguar's land, she falls into the hands of glimmering gods in search for glory and gold. With her nation on the brink of civil war and its pending capture by these gods who call themselves Conquistadors, a bloody war is inevitable.
Tomantzin must choose to avenge her father, save her people, or run away with the man she is forbidden to love.
Blood of Toma has roots set in Ancient Mexica where the human sacrifice era of the Aztecs is about to come to a deathly halt by the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors in an ambitious clash for power. Read now!
"...an intricate story filled with suspense, mystery, sacrifice, and adventure..."- Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite (★★★★★)
"Power, greed, revenge, duty, and love surround a young Aztec high priestess and an honorable conquistador flung together in the exotic and deadly jungles of Mexico in Blood of Toma by Lauren Lee Merewether." - Foreword Clarion Reviews (★★★★)
"...a compelling read with many dimensions..The story has a lot of twists and turns, suspense and mystery that make the story fast paced and keep readers guessing what is going to happen next." - Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite (★★★★)
"Merewether does an admirable job of bringing order, beauty, and a sense of honor into the lives of the Mexica people, known for slavery, brutality, and human sacrifice." - Foreword Clarion Reviews (★★★★)
The author rated this book for ages 13+ for violence and adult themes.
As a part of the Eric Hoffer Award, Blood of Toma is a Finalist for the 2015 Montaigne Medal awarded to the most thought-provoking novel. Blood of Toma is also one of five Finalists for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Historical Fiction. Blood of Toma was also the sole finalist in the 2018 Readers Favorite Awards in Young Adult-Thriller.
Publisher: LLMBooks Publishing
Published: June 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction