Publisher: Made for Success Publishing/Made for Wonder (Dec 1, 2018)
Category: : Historical Fiction, Ancient World, Caribbean & Latin American, Historical Romance/ Ancient World
Tour dates: Feb-Mar, 2019
Available in Print and ebook, 350 pages
She was born to serve the Goddess Ix Chel. But K’inuuw Mat is destined to continue the Palenque (Lakam Ha) dynasty by marriage to Tiwol, fourth son of famous ruler Pakal. Trained in prophetic arts, she uses scrying to foresee the face of the man with whom she will bear the dynastic heir—but it is not her husband’s image. She is shocked upon arriving at Palenque to recognize that face as her husband’s older brother, Kan Bahlam. They are immediately attracted, sharing deep interest in astronomy. Though she resists, the magnetic force of their attraction propels them into forbidden embraces, until Kan Bahlam designs a bold plan that would solve his inability to produce a son—if he can gain his brother’s cooperation.
Set in the splendor of Lakam Ha’s artistic and scientific zenith, royal family conflicts and ambitions play out in a tapestry of brilliant Mayan accomplishments in calendars, astronomy, architecture, arts, and secret language codes that will astound people centuries later. As K’inuuw Mat contends with explosive emotions, she must answer the Goddess’ mandate to preserve Mayan culture for future generations. Her passion with Kan Bahlam leads to a pale daughter and bold son who carry this out as their civilization begins the decline and eventual collapse her prophetic vision foresees.
One great cycle rolls into the next . . . Contemporary Mexican archaeologist Francesca and her partner Charlie, a British linguist, venture into Chiapas jungles to a remote Maya village, seeking to unravel her grandmother’s secrets. The hostile village shaman holds the key but refuses to share with outsiders the scandal that leads to foreign blood and ancient Palenque lineages. Only by reclaiming her own shamanic heritage can Francesca learn the truth of who she is, and bring her dynasty into the present.
Guest Review by Betty B.
“Remember, K’inuuw Mat. Your destiny is to serve me in an important royal court. A dynasty will be carried in your womb; a people will be continued through your legacy. This is a far greater destiny than being a seer in Cuzamil. Remember, and never doubt again.”
A stunning and informative story from an author I hadn’t heard of before. This book really took me on an unexpected and delightful journey through ancient Mayan territories.
K’inuuw Mat is a twelve-year-old Mayan girl who comes from a long line of seers who are chosen by the goddess Ix Chel once they reach their first menstrual cycle and become a woman.
Because her older sister was not chosen for this destiny, K’inuuw assumes, with the ambitious nature of youth, that she will be the one chosen. Of course, things don’t go as planned and instead of being chosen as a seer, the oracle tells K’inuuw Mat that she has a different destiny ahead of her.
I won’t go into the details, because I wouldn’t want to spoil anything but this novel was beautiful, fascinating, educational and heartbreaking. I was enveloped in its world and felt everything that the characters felt.
Martin’s writing was descriptive and breathtaking. The detailed descriptions of the Mayan lifestyle alone must have taken years to research but she added a style and flair that didn’t make it feel dragged down. She added just enough detail to make her world come alive.
I’m giving this book 5 stars for the world building, the beautiful characters, the excellent dialogue and the terrific plotting that just made me unable to put it down. I fully plan to read the rest of the series by this author just so I can get back into this world for a little while longer.
Mists of Palenque Series Awards
The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik’nal of Palenque (Mists of Palenque Series Book 1) received the Writer’s Digest 2nd Annual Self-Published eBook award in 2015.
The Mayan Red Queen: Tz’aakb’u Ahau of Palenque (Mists of Palenque Series Book 3) received a Silver Medal in Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards for 2016.
“K’inuuw Mat…struggles to embrace new ideas, a new destiny, and a much broader purpose… Readers who have enjoyed the other books in this series will find an even more compelling story… takes an individual’s spiritual and political perspectives and turns them on end, leading a young woman to realize her value and purpose far beyond her belief system or the duty she’s been assigned… She’s prophesized the very decline her culture is experiencing, but can her choices then make a difference in its ultimate preservation? Riveting…engrossing, well-detailed…”-Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“It is expected she will follow her matrilineal line by being the daughter of her generation who will serve the goddess Ix Chel on Her island of Cuzamil. However, an oracular prophecy says she will serve the goddess in a different way. At first, K’inuuw Mat resists this and contemplates escaping back to the island. In the end, she accepts Ix Chel’s will for her. The prophecy comes to pass when she becomes bride to one of the sons of the ruling family in Lakam Ha. She does her own divination to see what her future husband looks like and is granted a vision of a man who turns out to be her husband’s brother. What does this vision actually mean, and how will it affect her people?
This was a complex, quite advanced culture… the Mayan language was very flowery and formal… and I liked that not only was the dialogue written this way, but the entity of the story was… K’inuuw Mat was the first book of this series that I’ve read, but I went and purchased the previous ones. I’m looking forward to reading them. A highly recommended book for those interested in the ancient Maya, or archaeology in general!”-Aislynn d’Merricksson, Seattle Book Review
“Imagine this book in vivid color on the big screen with the opening scene set in a canoe traveling in the Caribbean blue waters close to the tropical island of Cozumel at the time of the ancient Maya, and the spectacular ending scene at the magnificent Mayan archaeological site of Palenque in the mountainous jungle of Chiapas, Mexico. Awesome!
This book will carry you away to another place. It is hard to put down. This compelling story, which is based on well-research history, and the author’s lively imagination brings to life the ancient Mayan people, their rulers, their gods, their romance, and their struggles for survival, revenge and justice.”-Jane Grimsrud, Mayan Travel Guide
“Fans of historical fiction rejoice!… the eagerly-awaited Book 4 of Leonide Martin’s Mists of Palenque series, has arrived! Martin weaves masterful storytelling with scholarly research and intuitive insight to bring-to-life a lost culture in this rich series. She draws one into a world of unique and exotic customs, politics, history, arts, sciences, spiritual practices, and relationships, so artfully and seamlessly, that the reader feels she has time-traveled and experienced the Mayan life and culture first-hand. I simultaneously could not put this page-turner down and didn’t want it to end. Fans of historical fiction rejoice. You are in for a treat!”-Stephanie Costanza, Research Associate, UCSF School of Medicine
“I loved reading The Prophetic Mayan Queen. This book really tied the series together, but I think it would be a great read on its own. What a fascinating civilization the Mayans were! The vivid descriptions of the daily lives, how the community was organized, what deities they worshipped and why, how the children were raised and educated, what careers they chose and why; all of this was a fascinating look at an ancient civilization… Read this book and the entire series, you won’t be disappointed!”-Leslie Oberholtzer, Amazon Reviewer
Award-winning author, Leonide (Lennie) Martin: Retired California State University professor, former Family Nurse Practitioner, Author and Maya researcher, Research Member Maya Exploration Center.
Dr. Martin’s books portray ancient Maya culture and civilization through stories about both actual historical Mayans and fictional characters. She studied Maya culture and history from both scientific and indigenous viewpoints.
While living for five years in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, she apprenticed with Maya Elder Hunbatz Men, becoming a Solar Initiate and Maya Fire Women in the Itzá Maya tradition. Other indigenous teachers in Guatemala included Maya Priestess-Daykeeper Aum Rak Sapper and Maya elder Tata Pedro. The ancient Mayas created the most highly advanced civilization in the Western hemisphere, and Martin’s work is dedicated to their wisdom, spirituality, scientific, and cultural accomplishments through compelling historical novels.
Martin’s interest in ancient Mayan women led to writing the Mayan Queens’ series called The Mists of Palenque. This 4-book series—each book stands alone—tells the stories of powerful women who shaped the destinies of their people as rulers themselves, or wives of rulers. These remarkable Mayan women are unknown to most readers. Using extensive research and field study, Martin aspires to depict ancient Palenque authentically and make these amazing Mayan Queens accessible to a wide readership.
Presently Dr. Martin lives with her husband David Gortner and two white cats in Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country, where she enjoys reading, gardening, nature walks, classical music, and wine tasting.
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