Feathered Serpent

A young Spanish seminarian who the Mayas believe is their powerful god, Kukulcan, witnesses the coming of Cortes and the capture of the magnificent Aztec city, Tenochtitlan.

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I fell in love with dragons when I read Tea With the Black Dragon, and never looked back. Not the clunky winged Medieval dragons that ate cows, the graceful Asian dragons that could fly without wings. Later I discovered the elegant Welsh dragons, red and white, as described by R.J. Stewart in his books on the historical Merlin.
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2 Responses to Feathered Serpent

  1. Jason Golomb says:

    Good Fictional Intro to Cortes v. Moctezuma Scott O’Dell’s “The Feathered Serpent” is the second book of his “Seven Serpent’s Trilogy”, which also includes “The Captive” and “The Amethyst Ring”. In “The Captive” we meet the young Julian Escobar who travels to the New World in the hopes of introducing Christianity to this land full of pagan “savages”. He finds instead that the darkest hearts reside in his god-fearing, and gold-lusting fellow Spaniards.In “Feathered Serpent”, we find that Escobar is not the typical hero, which makes for an interesting and unusual angle for young adult readers. Escobar has faults…and a very large one in particular when he assumes the role of Mayan god Kukulkan. At first it’s a simple ploy to stay alive, but over time, we see this simulated godhood become him…and he it. Originally an unordained seminarian, Escobar rationalizes that it’s acceptable to act as Kukulkan as perhaps the only way he can bring Christ to the native ‘savages’.While witnessing this sometimes severe transformation of Escobar, the real beauty in O’Dell’s story is his incorporation of the real-life conquest of Hernan Cortes over Moctezuma’s Aztec nation. “Feathered Serpent” places Escobar (as God Kukulkan under-cover) right in the path of Cortes’ march from the east coast of Mexico into Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztecs. He intercedes on behalf of the natives, but Cortes is too focused and the Spanish are too strong for Escobar to have any real impact.O’Dell does a fine job of blending his fictional characters with these real life events, and makes his story a great way to introduce the classic tale of Cortes’ clash with Moctezuma. He weaves a complicated set of events into a simple, well-flowing adventure. If it’s any indication of their quality and impact, I’ve found myself thinking about the first two stories days after I’ve finished them, and looking forward to jumping in and finishing the third.

  2. "melchicky" says:

    Great Book This book has suspence. It askes questions about a humna’s basic morals.

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