A Desperate Girl,
A Daring Conquistador,
A Dangerous Civil War,
One Extraordinary Journey
The author rated this book for 13+ due to violence and as a Moderate rating from the My Book Cave rating system.
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.
Running from death seemed unnatural to the High Priestess Tomantzin, but run she does.
She escapes to the jungle after witnessing her father's murder amidst a power struggle within the Mexica Empire and fears for her life. Instead of finding refuge in the jaguar's land, she falls into the hands of glimmering gods in search for glory and gold. With her nation on the brink of civil war and its pending capture by these gods who call themselves Conquistadors, a bloody war is inevitable. Tomantzin must choose to avenge her father, save her people, or run away with the man she is forbidden to love.
"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
Blood of Toma