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ISBN: 1453523057
ISBN13: 978-1453523056
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Historical
Author: Janice Van Cleve
Language: English
Publisher: Xlibris, Corp. (August 6, 2010)
Pages: 142 pages
ePUB size: 1725 kb
FB2 size: 1692 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 492
Other Formats: lrf lrf lit azw

I have three of the author’s books related to Copan. Although she is not an archaeologist, she has a personal connection to the Mayan site and has studied it at some length. For her to write novels of historical fiction based on what she knows about some of the great city’s kings is pretty clever. I have read a number of books on the city and the Mayan culture by the main archaeologists that have written about them. While many of the details about Yax Kuk Mo’s life, especially before ruling Copan, are uncertain, the author did a good job of presenting a possible biography of the great leader.

Young people and adults would get a sense of the Mayan culture and the founder of Copan’s dynasty, as well as the influence the great Mexican city-state Teotihuacan had on Mayan centers, from reading the story. In these respects, the book is very educational. Including photographs and drawings related to Copan was helpful. The characters were interesting and the author does a good job of painting “mental pictures” for the reader. Overall, the author did well with what could be considered a complicated story.

The family trees in the appendices and the brief description of characters in the beginning of the book is useful for the reader. Otherwise, it would be difficult to keep the characters straight. Having a glossary was also a good idea, although there were a few things that could have been added to it. For example, a reader not familiar with the Mayans would not know what a “stela” was.

There were a couple of places where the book felt a little disjointed, for example, Ch. 10, “Reflection,” in which elderly Queen Atba shared reflections on family members and events with her daughter-in-law. Reading the chapter was a little confusing, and it felt out of place, as the author did a “fast-forward” to the future (when the queen was elderly), after which (in the next chapter) the reader was returned to the “present” of the book’s story. (Regarding the Queen’s “reflections,” while the author may have intended the dialogue to give some insight to the reader, it is not realistic for the old queen to be telling her daughter-in-law family history that someone who was married to her son would certainly have been aware of. Was the queen a little senile, or in the habit of telling stories about things others already knew? The author notes that the daughter-in-law “relished listening to her [the queen’s] stories.” The queen’s “unnecessary” story telling would have been more understandable if the writer had written that the younger woman “relished listening to her stories, even though she heard them many times and they were about a history she well knew.”)

A minor point: Books in the Bibliography and Acknowledgements should be italicized instead of underlined. (Interestingly, in the author’s book Eighteen Rabbit [2006] she does italicize books, yet in her latest book, The Kings of Copan [c2015], she reverts to underlines.) (BTW, Amazon reviews don’t let you use italics, which is why I have not used them in this paragraph.)

Overall, the author is a pretty good writer who tells a good story. The book is entertaining and educational. I look forward to reading her book Eighteen Rabbit, which is next on my list.
Well documented and very easy to follow, giving a clear idea of the way of living and the formal religious believe follow by the elite, I look for a new books written by Van Cleve.
From the first page, I was impressed with Janice's easy to read and understand style. I recomend this book to everyone. this book explains Mayan history in a way that makes sense to children and adults alike.
I enjoy historical novels to learn about the times people lived in. The book gave me background about the civilization.