THE SERPENT AND THE EAGLE
AUTHOR: EDWARD RICKFORD
DETAILS: AMAZON | GOODREADS
REVIEW: There are plenty of thrilling, interesting historical fictions, but more 'fiction' & less 'historical'. On the other hand, there are a lot of well researched books, which are so accurate that failed to entertain. Truly, a well researched but page turner historical fiction is rare, very rare. The Serpent and the Eagle is one of them!
Honestly, I had hardly any knowledge about the 'Mexico conquest by Spain event' - the topic upon which this work is based. So I was little afraid that it might not impress me. But my fear was washed away by the brilliance of Edward Rickford's writing. The mammoth research is evident. Every scenes are in details & every details are top notch. Still he keeps the plot so much interesting.
The writing will catch your attention as soon as you progress. It flows like silk. The story telling is masterclass. Even if you know the actual happening and see the coming, you should pick this only for it's literary supremacy. The progression is multidimensional and the perspective keeps changing. Not a single of boring part included.
The character building is another scope to praise. From the known characters to those hypotheticals, all of them will leave a deep impression for sure. The use of language is fluent. I found the Mayan Aztec references very interesting. The dark undertones were everywhere. You can feel the silence before a colonial storm. This work have all the quality of a decent literature. It will make you anticipated for the second part.
So, if you love historical fiction or not, if you have interest towards Mexico-Spaniard war or you haven't heard anything about it, pick the book. It's more than these and what it pretends to be.
Overall Rating: 5/5
Thanks for reading!