A Desperate Girl. A Daring Conquistador. A Dangerous Civil War. One Extraordinary Journey

Blood of Toma

Winner of multiple awards, including the Montaigne Medal Award, Readers' Favorite YA Thriller Award, and the Next Generation Indie Book Award in Historical Fiction, Blood of Toma is an epic tale of heroism, bravery, and hope. Foreword Clarion Reviews praises the novel for its ability to bring order, beauty, and a sense of honor to the Mexica people, a civilization known for its brutality and human sacrifice.


Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Aztec empire? 


Discover the power of courage and redemption in Blood of Toma.

  • As a part of the Eric Hoffer AwardBlood 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.

  • (★★★★★)

    "...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