291542I love how histories and stories that are known to us are sometime given new life insights, and intriguing takes on characters.

The Maztica trilogy I can see is based on a very real historical event that has been repeated throughout the centuries.

It’s basically the Spanish conquistadors arriving in the South America and encountering the Mayan/Aztec civilizations for the first time.  In this case, a general who worships the god of war Helm, filled with a driving ambition and thirst for glory, sets out on a remarkable journey to open a sea trade route, but instead makes landfall on uncharted territory and comes face to face with a ‘primitive’ peaceful people.

But a chance encounter with a spell maddened priest of these people leads to the sacrifice of a young woman traveling with the would-be conquerors, setting the tone for an orgy of war, blood, and death.

How will the men of Faerun and Maztica fare against each other?  At first blush it seems not well, as the army of Helm crushes an army of natives and takes their city captive.

And as is the way of these things, the only hope for peace lies with a young native woman chosen by the forgotten god of her people to save them from disaster.

So we all kinda know where this story is going to go, but it’s all about the journey and not the destination eh? Lets continue our journey with Viperhand, book two of the Maztica trilogy.


Erix, the former slave girl, and Halloran, the legionnaire, flee from the waves of catastrophe sweeping Maztica. The God of War feasts upon chaos while the desperate lovers strive to escape from enemies on all sides.

Finally each is forced into a choice of historical proportions and deeply personal emotion. The gods themselves awaken, and the destruction of the fabulously wealthy continent of Maztica looms on the horizon.

Yet Erix bears with her a desperate secret, and with that secret comes the lone hope that Maztica can survive. . . .