A Desperate Girl. A Daring Conquistador. A Dangerous Civil War. One Extraordinary Journey
In the heart of the Aztec empire, a young priestess faces a fate of honor in her death as the New Fire sacrifice for her city of Texcoco.
Toma embraces her role and upholds her people's traditions, believing that her sacrifice will secure the prosperity of her city as well as her passage to the highest realm of the heavens. But when her father, the city's chief, is brutally murdered during a burgeoning civil war, Toma's fate and future are shattered.
With her life in danger, she flees into the jungle, determined to escape an unhonorable death. But she soon finds herself captured by gods who call themselves Conquistadors. Forced to choose between betraying her people and her beliefs, she struggles to find a way out of her impossible situation as one of the strangers opens her eyes to a life she wants to live for.
As rebellion brews and the tri-city states of the Aztec empire teeter on the brink of collapse, Toma must navigate a treacherous path to find her true destiny. Amidst the chaos and violence of her world in turmoil, she discovers that love and sacrifice are the ultimate weapons against darkness and even a foe she had not foreseen.
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.
"...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