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A young girl called Tozi stands at the bottom of a pyramid, waiting to be led to the top where her heart will be cut out...Pepillo, a Spanish orphan who serves a sadistic Dominican friar, is aboard the Spanish fleet as it sails towards Mexico...This is the epic story of the clash of two empires, two armies and two gods of war. Five hundred desperate adventurers are about tA young girl called Tozi stands at the bottom of a pyramid, waiting to be led to the top where her heart will be cut out...Pepillo, a Spanish orphan who serves a sadistic Dominican friar, is aboard the Spanish fleet as it sails towards Mexico...This is the epic story of the clash of two empires, two armies and two gods of war. Five hundred desperate adventurers are about to pit themselves against the most brutal armies of the ancient Americas, armies hundreds of thousands strong.This is a war of gods and men. Dark powers that work behind the scenes of history show their hand as the prophecy of the return of Quetzalcoatl is fulfilled with the arrival of Cortes. The Aztec ruler Moctezuma fights to maintain the demands of the war god Huitzilopochtli for human sacrifice. The Spanish Inquisition is planning an even greater blood-letting.Caught up in the headlong collision between two gods of war are Tozi, Pepillo and the beautiful sex slave Malinal whose hatred of Moctezuma runs so deep she will sell out her own land and people to destroy him....

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War God: Nights of the Witch Reviews

  • Frances
    2018-10-15 16:25

    3.5 *With some historical facts included and several mystical scenes, the tale begins in the year 1519 as the Aztecs sacrifice literally thousands of people on top of their sacred pyramid. Unknown to them the gold hungry Spaniards are about to arrive on their shores and take their treasures at any cost. Graham Hancock provides a superb and powerful story while introducing several strong characters as they struggle to survive and find peace in their lives. For readers who are not faint of heart as it is extremely graphic with much blood and gore, along with massive battle scenes.

  • Bettie☯
    2018-10-20 15:36

    Description: A young girl called Tozi stands at the bottom of a pyramid, waiting to be led to the top where her heart will be cut out...Pepillo, a Spanish orphan who serves a sadistic Dominican friar, is aboard the Spanish fleet as it sails towards Mexico...This is the epic story of the clash of two empires, two armies and two gods of war. Five hundred desperate adventurers are about to pit themselves against the most brutal armies of the ancient Americas, armies hundreds of thousands strong.This is a war of gods and men. Dark powers that work behind the scenes of history show their hand as the prophecy of the return of Quetzalcoatl is fulfilled with the arrival of Cortes. The Aztec ruler Moctezuma fights to maintain the demands of the war god Huitzilopochtli for human sacrifice. The Spanish Inquisition is planning an even greater blood-letting.Caught up in the headlong collision between two gods of war are Tozi, Pepillo and the beautiful sex slave Malinal whose hatred of Moctezuma runs so deep she will sell out her own land and people to destroy him.Opening: Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), Thursday 18 February 1519: Moctezuma loved eminences, for to stand on any high place was to be reminded that he was the greatest and most magnificent of men, wielding the power of life and death over all he surveyed. Yet of the countless high places in his kingdom, none offered him a deeper and more abiding sense of ownership, or clearer evidence of his own importance, than the summit platform of the colossal pyramid on which he now perched, soaring three hundred feet above his glorious capital city Tenochtitlan, which in turn stood on an island in the midst of a vast lake at the centre of an immense valley surrounded by lofty, snow-capped mountains.As expected, the beginning is a veritable gorefest of human sacrifice - those Aztecs weren't big on heart, unless you're talking about ripping it out of a live body! The book is a top to toe bloody adventure, which is in keeping with the subject, yet I am sure that the reader doesn't have to be shown so many gore scenes, we get the picture Mr. Hancock, truly we do. The different storylines are very exciting in their own right, especially when Cortes does a moonlight flit in one chapter, whilst the three are at the top of the pyramid in the next. Phewie! □ □ □ □ □ □ □LATER: as the adventure proceeds there is increased switching between all the perspectives, a mere couple of paragraphs to a storyline then...switchswitchswitchFor me, this heightened the excitement, yet I can see that others will get fed up, RIGHT HERE, with this approach because honestly, there is a huge cast of two dimensional characters in what can only be called teams, each with their own agenda.If you fancy a blood soaked story ending in a battle between three gods then I can recommend this□ □ □ □ □ □ □BEST LINES: 'You know nothing, Ahuizotl! - Memories of Jon Snow - P.206 'Moctezuma felt it coming now, felt death all over him like a swarm of bees' - Memories of Eddie Izzard - P.208 Diego Velasquez de CuellarFROM WIKI: Noting the weakness of the natives, Velázquez authorized the importation of black slaves in 1513. He authorized various expeditions to explore lands further west, including the 1517 Francisco Hernández de Córdoba expedition to Yucatán (see: Spanish Conquest of Yucatán), and Juan de Grijalva's 1518 expedition. He was made the 1st Adelantado of Cuba with jurisdiction over the former Governorship of the Indies. He initially backed Hernán Cortés's famous expedition to Mexico but pulled back his support before the expedition was scheduled to launch and then that was the end. Cortés disobeyed Velázquez's orders to disband his expeditionary force and left for Mexico anyway.HuitzilopochtliQuetzalcoatl By the way, does anyone else remember Atari's Montezuma's Revenge? This book reminds me of that game.If you would prefer a non-fiction then I heartily recommend this. It is just as crammed with gore, natch!3* Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization 4* The Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant TR Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind 4* The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind 3* Heaven's Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilization 1* Entangled CR War God 4* Talisman: Sacred Cities, Secret Faith

  • Al
    2018-09-28 09:10

    If you've ever read historical fiction and thought, "Hey, this is great and all, but it could really use more white male perspective"--Then here's the book for you. Nothing like 500+ pages of Eurocentrism slapped over what was otherwise a beautiful and unique culture. Top that off with the last quarter of the book being a never-ending overly-drawn-out boy's fantasy of a battle? War God just ends up being tedious and frustrating to anyone who picks up a book to take a look at things from a different perspective (and isn't that the purpose of reading, after all?).

  • Milo (BOK)
    2018-10-14 14:13

    http://thefoundingfields.com/2013/06/...“An epic book that details the Spanish Conquest of Mexico. Hancock’s prose is strong and the story encompasses a vast scale, but ultimately there are some elements that let the book down.” ~The Founding FieldsI went into War God not really knowing what to expect. I’d heard of Graham Hancock before, but this was the first time I’d come across any of his fiction. I also went into the book expecting historical fiction, but it isn’t long before it comes clear that this viewpoint of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico is in fact historical fantasy, not historical fiction. The author takes you on an epic tour of events giving you perspectives from multiple viewpoints, allowing for an enthralling story that will keep you reading. But it isn’t perfect – there are some issues that I had with War God which I shall touch on later in this review."A young girl called Tozi stands at the bottom of a pyramid, waiting to be led to the top where her heart will be cut out…Pepillo, a Spanish orphan who serves a sadistic Dominican friar, is aboard the Spanish fleet as it sails towards Mexico…This is the epic story of the clash of two empires, two armies and two gods of war. Five hundred desperate adventurers are about to pit themselves against the most brutal armies of the ancient Americas, armies hundreds of thousands strong.This is a war of gods and men. Dark powers that work behind the scenes of history show their hand as the prophecy of the return of Quetzalcoatl is fulfilled with the arrival of Cortes. The Aztec ruler Moctezuma fights to maintain the demands of the war god Huitzilopochtli for human sacrifice. The Spanish Inquisition is planning an even greater blood-letting.Caught up in the headlong collision between two gods of war are Tozi, Pepillo and the beautiful sex slave Malinal whose hatred of Moctezuma runs so deep she will sell out her own land and people to destroy him."The blurb itself is epic, and that word really nails the description of the book. It’s epic. War God certainly isn’t light reading, coming in at over six hundred pages in the hardback version that I was sent for review. The characters are varied, and the book boasts such a large amount of cast that the writer has had to include a dramatis personae at the end of the book in order to inform the reader of their roles. I’m a bit torn on the needs of dramatis personaes myself – whilst they’re helpful for checking up on characters and reminding readers what role they play – shouldn’t a good book be able to make you remember them without needing one? Sure, A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin had a massive list of characters – but the fact that they were so well crafted meant that I never had to use it for reference once. The same cannot be said with War God, for the characters, whilst are strong in certain elements, are let down in others.Tozi, Malinal, Cortes and others are all enjoyable characters, but they’re just not as memorable as I’d like them to be. I kept wondering who these people were – their voices were never really distinctive enough to stand out. It isn’t helped by the fact that the book is difficult to read in places, and the chapters themselves are quite short – normally this works in a thriller, but a thriller War God is not. It’s Historical Fantasy. Whilst there are some battle sequences and moments that are quicker paced, it only really works if the whole novel is a non-stop ride, and War God certainly isn’t that. It starts slow, and takes a while to get going. The plotlines themselves are far too predictable and as a result, Hancock is forced to move this book into an historical fantasy setting to make the book even more interesting, like the case with Conn Iggulden’s epic Rome series, of which I’ve read the first two volumes of. Only the difference is that whilst Iggulden didn’t need to change history to make it more unpredictable, it was indeed needed here.The time period itself however is what makes this book compelling, allowing for an interesting scenario. As I’ve never read a book about the Aztec Conquest of Mexico before this book was engrossing and when Hancock does stick to the facts, it’s clear that he knows his history, having written numerous books in the past. The action sequences delivered here are well written, bloody and no-holds barred. I’ve mentioned Game of Thrones earlier in this review and I’m going to bring it up again, this book has a similar level of gore and violence, allowing for a dark outlook that just shows how grim this period of history was. He’s shed a light onto a period of history that not many people will know much about and it’s refreshing to read a tale that does not focus on characters from either a British or American perspective. It’s not a bad book despite the negatives that I’ve had to say – and I’m pretty sure that you’ll find something to enjoy here if you’re a fan of either historical fiction or historical fantasy – or both, so this’ll be one that you shouldn’t pass up.VERDICT: 3/5

  • Ard
    2018-10-09 10:37

    Very exciting story about the Spanish conquest of the new world, although this book is only part one of a series. I liked most of Hancock's non-fiction and was pleasantly surprised by Entangled, his first work of fiction. In War God he shows himself a skillful writer of exciting historical fiction, spinning a fascinating tale full of adventure, violence, drama and more than a whiff of the supernatural. I can't wait for the sequel.

  • Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath
    2018-10-08 11:10

    Excellent historical fiction from an author whose work is a challenging counterbalance to established orthodoxy. Contains brilliant research, real historical characters, and some thrilling set pieces. Highly recommended, now following our event with Graham we have signed first editions available to buy in store.

  • Murray
    2018-10-05 10:18

    Graham Hancock has ventured into novel writing to great effect. Known for his excellent investigative pieces in alternative viewpoints on history and archeology, his writing might have been too didactic to be entertaining. In fact, the reverse is true. His empathy for the history of the 16th Century and its excesses of zealotry, underpin an excellent evocation of an era. To call this book a fantasy is a misnomer. Some fantastical things happen, but they are within the belief systems of the characters and so work rather well.Here is my full Amazon review (there are no spoilers)Clash of the War GodsFasten your seat-belts for a roller-coaster ride when you embark on War God. You meet, in short order, young Pepillo by Santiago harbour, carrying the unspeakable belongings of his master, the dark hearted inquisitor. At the same time, a few hundred miles away from Cuba, the orphaned witch Tozi is struggling to stay alive in the fattening pens, in sight of the blood soaked pyramids of the Aztecs. Dominating a pyramid is the Aztec king Moctezuma, on a huge killing spree, while his armies gather to attack neighbouring tribes to capture more victims for slaughter. Spying from a hillside above one of these armies, the courageous warrior Shikotenka, has a desperate stratagem to save his people from the altars of blood.Graham Hancock’s first novel, charting the clash of two warrior empires, is both gripping and convincing. War God is described as historical within the fantasy genre. Hancock uses forays into the paranormal to powerful effect and in a way that is entirely believable. The Spaniards, with their absolute certainty of their moral right, live in a world where saints can, and do, intervene in human affairs. Moctezuma, uses hallucinogens and the psychic power of mass slaughter, to alter his consciousness to commune with the fickle god, Hummingbird. He knows he lives in a year when the fates decree his empire is at risk and he is determined to prevent this. Young Tozi can, at great physical cost to herself, become briefly invisible to others not skilled in her magic. This is how she has, so far at least, avoided losing her heart to a slash of an obsidian knife. Both militant Christianity and the barbarous rites of the Mexica people, involved mass slaughter of innocents. Yet within each of these traditions were individuals of true nobility who influenced the course of history. Hancock provides an attractive portrayal of the wily and courageous Cortes. The war exploits of Shikotenka presents some of the finest action writing since O’Brian’s Aubrey and Maturin series. We must hope this novel is the first of a his own series.

  • John Kurtz
    2018-10-10 17:36

    Fantastic! I couldn't put it down!If you are interested in history and how the Spanish managed to conquer so many native people in North America, then this book is for you.I could visualize being in the places described in the book and I could almost smell the fear of the people or the sweat on the horses. Now I have a great understanding of how the people of Mexico lived and fought before Cortez arrived and how the Spanish were organized to take on such huge armies.I can't wait for the next book in this obvious series!!!

  • Danielle
    2018-10-08 16:32

    I really enjoyed this book from a historical perspective. It is extremely well researched and, as far as I can tell, fairly historically accurate, and I certainly learned a lot about a period of history that I did not know a lot about. Additionally, it was just a good read. It was exciting and very compelling to read.However, I found the characters to be rather underdeveloped. (This might be because there are simply too many of them that it would be impossible to delve too deep.) They were all fairly one dimensional and, as a result, a lot of them came off looking rather ridiculous (ie Alvarado, Moctezuma). I imagine there was a lot more going on with these characters than what came across in the novel, and I think it would have been interesting to explore that.Finally, I found a lot of the gore and violence fairly gratuitous. By the end, I found myself so desensitized by it that I was skipping over while passages describing the Mayans mangled bodies and other such things.Still, it was a highly readable book and I look forward to continuing on with the trilogy.

  • Michelle Drury
    2018-09-25 10:26

    Slow to gain my interest, but once it did it had me glued and unable to put it down. Absolutely amazing...I sincerely hope the series is continued and not shelved by the publisher.

  • Michelle
    2018-10-11 17:36

    This book is epic! It is well worth the price to enter the past and get to know the places, people and things that happened in this particular and peculiar part of history!

  • Majo
    2018-09-22 09:12

    Reconozco que soy una total analfabeta en cuanto a historia mexicana, pero siempre he sentido una atracción my fuerte hacía ese momento histórico en el que chocaron dos culturas completamente disimiles: la conquista de América, y más concretamente, cuando los conquistadores se toparon con el floreciente imperio Azteca. Y es por eso que este libro llamó mi atención desde el comienzo.El autor relata, en este primer libro, los sucesos acaecidos entre el 18 de febrero y el 18 de abril de 1519. Es decir, desde que Cortés se embarcó hacía las nuevas tierras, hasta que decide marchar hacía Tenochtitlán, el corazón del imperio mexica.Lo interesante del relato es que no solo se enfoca en la mirada española de la travesía, sino también tenemos puntos de vista de distintos pueblos originarios, representados por diferentes personajes. Los puntos de vista son variados y van desde niños hasta adultos, de diferentes etnias, lo que enriquece enormemente la narración.Entre los muchos personajes tenemos a Tozi una joven azteca que posee extraños poderes (le llaman bruja) y se encuentra prisionera, esperando ser sacrificada por los mexicas. En dicha prisión conoce a Coyolt, un niño abandonado por sus padres y a Malinal una cortesana maya. En el mismo escenario tenemos también a los mexicas (nombre real de los aztecas): Moctezuma el gran emperador que realiza sacrificios humanos para complacer al sanguinario dios de la guerra, Huitzilopotchli. Cuauhtémoc príncipe de los mexicas y sobrino del emperador, que se encuentra en una batalla a muerte con el rey de Tlaxcala, Xicotenga.Las historias de estos personajes se irán entrecruzando para, finalmente, ser Malinal la encargada de guiar a los conquistadores a Tenochtitlán, enseñándoles cómo sacar provecho de la profecía del regreso de Quetzalcóatl. En estos capítulos puede entenderse el gran odio de los pueblos originarios por los mexicas y por qué, dado el momento, muchos de ellos se pusieron del lado de los españoles para derrotar a Moctezuma.Por el lado de los españoles, tenemos obviamente a Hernán Cortés, el capitán de la expedición a México, Pepillo, su secretario, el encargado de documentar todo lo sucedido en la expedición, Gaspar Muñoz, un fraile dominicano designado inquisidor de la expedición, Pedro de Alvarado, amigo y aliado incondicional de Cortés con un amor irracional por el oro, y los alféreces, Gonzalo de Sandoval y Bernal Díaz.Su historia comienza con la partida apresurada y clandestina de la isla de Cuba, huyendo del gobernador. Para luego relatar las cruentas batallas contra los mayas chontales. El libro termina al poco tiempo de cruzarse con Malinal y emprender la marcha hacía Tenochtitlán.Si bien es un libro histórico, el autor se toma algunas licencias (que el mismo aclara al final del libro). Esta relatado a modo de epopeya épica con toques fantásticos. Hay tres personajes dónde esto puede verse claramente: Tozi, Huitzilopotchli y San Pedro. Tozi posee poderes sobrenaturales que le permiten desde hacerse invisible hasta curar heridas. Por otro lado Huitzilopotchli., el dios de la guerra, parece ser el gran marionetista de la obra y da la sensación de que, en todo momento, los personajes hacen exactamente lo que él quiere que hagan, aún cuando solo manipula unos pocos hilos. Suele aparecérsele a Moctezuma, aunque Tozi y Cuauhtémoc lo han visto también. San Pedro se aparece en sueños al Padre Muñoz y Cortés, prometiéndoles riquezas si llevan a cabo la obra de Dios, eliminando a los infieles de las nuevas tierras, aunque todo de un modo excesivamente violento. (view spoiler)[ Odie esta referencia. Aunque no soy católica acérrima, me molesto mucho la manera de hablar del santo y cómo abalaba ciertas conductas. Aunque al final del libro queda claro que no es el santo quién habla, sino el dios de la guerra, orquestando desde las sombras el gran enfrentamiento entre mexicas y españoles. (hide spoiler)]Es, más que nada, un libro de aventuras con mucha violencia en el medio. Por ejemplo, los sacrificios humanos que llevaban a cabo los mexicas o las batallas ganadas por la superioridad española. El romance está casi ausente, lo cual me pareció muy raro, porque en toda historia épica hay alguno y, además, hay personajes que se prestaban para el romance como Malinal (view spoiler)[ La joven princesa ha tenido una vida durísima, perdiendo el derecho a gobernar, siendo vendida como esclava por su propia madre, para terminar como sacrificio a Huitzilopotchli.(hide spoiler)], Bernal Díaz (view spoiler)[ El joven pobre que ascendió hasta alférez de Cortés.(hide spoiler)], Gonzalo de Sandoval (view spoiler)[ El joven rico que perdió todo y debe empezar de cero. (hide spoiler)] y, hasta el mismo Hernán Cortés (view spoiler)[ El hombre que amaba la libertad y fue obligado por el gobernador de Cuba a contraer matrimonio con alguien a quién odiaba (hide spoiler)]. Mas sin embargo, el romance esta dado por una pareja muy rara y que jamás se me hubiese ocurrido. (view spoiler)[ Tozi me pareció desde el comienzo un personaje complejo que tenía que resolver demasiadas cuestiones: su misterioso origen, sus poderes, la búsqueda de Coyolt y la revuelta secreta contra Moctezuma. Nunca pensé que tendría tiempo para enamorarse. Por otro lado, al principio no me gustaba Cuauhtémoc, pero después que se salva de la batalla contra Xicotenga y es envenenado por su propio tío, el príncipe ganó mi simpatía. Fue sorprendente que Tozi, haciéndose pasar por la diosa Temaz se enamorara del príncipe a quién debe cuidar y ganar a su favor, al tiempo que él se enamora de su salvadora. Aun así, la pareja ha logrado agradarme, me gustan mucho ambos, aunque va a ser complicado que terminen juntos.(hide spoiler)] Quiero suponer que en el próximo libro tendremos más romance y, espero que no solo dado por la pareja que ya está en ciernes. (view spoiler)[Me pareció notar cierta “chispa” entre Malinal y Hernán Cortés al final del libro, con esa extraña conexión que se establece entre ambos… Tal vez termine en algo. (hide spoiler)]El libro tiene una ambientación y una reconstrucción de los sucesos sublime, te hace vivir la historia y comprenderla de una manera en que ningún manual podría jamás. El autor agrega muchos datos en el medio de la narración, pero esto no vuelve el relato pesado, al contrario. Me enseño mucho. Adoro aprender a través de los libros. ¡Recomiendo este libro a todo el mundo! Es una manera fácil y divertida de aprender una parte esencial de la historia de la humanidad y cuestiones que aun hoy en día sigue vigente (el choque de civilizaciones, el respeto a otras culturas, la discriminación, el cruce entre las diferentes religiones). No es un libro excesivamente complicado, pero si hay que tener una sensibilidad especial para leer ciertas escenas que son tal vez demasiado fuertes por los niveles de violencia del relato.Tengo entendido que el autor ha planeado que esta sea una trilogía y muero de ganas de leer los siguientes. Deseo saber lo que el destino les deparó a estas personas (la mayoría de ellos, existieron realmente) y cómo se cambio la historia de México para siempre con el sometimiento de los mexicas.

  • Sergio
    2018-10-02 17:14

    L'epopea della conquista del Messico ad opera di Cortés è l'argomento di questo romanzo e del successivo che non ho ancora letto: Hancock si dimostra profondo conoscitore dell'argomento ma anche abile scrittore di battaglie e di schermaglie politiche, capace tessitore di una saga che al tempo stesso è storia e mito. I personaggi principali del libro sono ben delineati nell'aspetto fisico e nel carattere e più facile risulta al lettore scegliere i suoi beniamini. Un romanzo avventuroso ambientato in luoghi esotici e lontani cinquecento anni fa, ma attuale e affascinante

  • Josh
    2018-10-15 14:30

    Very enthralling story, great mixture of history and fiction

  • Deanna
    2018-10-01 09:32

    Read: January 17th 2018 Rating of 2.5

  • Benjamin Pearson
    2018-09-29 12:14

    I want to start this review by saying that I am a fan of Hancock. I really enjoyed his finger prints of the gods and although some of his other non fiction is a little on the "evidence please" side, I still didn't mind them for the narrative. This is his first adventure into fiction and I must say I found it a little bloated (according to Hancocks notes at the end, this is the streamlined version...). The main characters where interesting, but the auxiliaries largely forgettable and I suspect that is why he included an index at the end for them. The book started slow and I actually found myself in a few sections, kind of engaging endurance reading mode. However I don't think it was for want of poor narrative, rather excessive details that the sections felt slow. That being said there are some really intriguing parts that compensate measurably for this. I also found part two to be a little tortue pornish. There seemed to be some South American (or South Americans) being murdered horribly on each page (really not joking, every bloody page!). An argument could be made that this reflects the reality of the situation and I completely understand, though I'd argue the frequency bloats the book for little gain and could of been expressed more intelligently via a few examples, instead of this desensitizing approach (again details!). Finally I want to comment on the language used. It's clear this book was written by a English man in their sixties, when such phrases as "toss pot", "girly man", "wanker", "let's go chaps" and finally when Cortess exclaims "Tally - ho! Let's withdraw our cricket bats and give these fellows a mighty fine spanking" (fine... made that last one up!) are used.to conclude, when you pick up a book titled "war god" you kind of know what to expect. Your going to sprout a few mustache hairs, such is the manliness within these pages and it's not for the faint hearted *closes book in a manly way and uses it for bicep curls*. Overall it contained some good bits (read the above fan reviews for them). but was a bit too bloated and lacking in subtleties for my tastes.

  • Andrea
    2018-09-24 09:14

    Il primo romanzo della serie "La guerra degli dei" tratta principalmente due temi: gli usi e costumi delle popolazioni maya e dei aztechi enfatizzando la loro cultura piena di superstizione, Dei mitologici e sacrifici cruenti di massa e delle prime esplorazioni dei conquistadores parlando dei retroscena di come Cortés organizza la spedizione sulle coste messicane, raccontando le prime sanguinose battaglie dopo lo sbarco tra loro e le popolazioni indigene.Il romanzo si presenta molto impegnativo da leggere, le scene di battaglia sono cruente, i costumi dei protagonisti ben descritti e partecipano molte figure, di conseguenza ne viene fuori un romanzo storico molto complesso e un po' lento visto il quantitativo di situazioni che lo scrittore vuole impostare in questo libro; quindi lo sconsiglio a chi si vuole cimentare per la prima volta a leggere un romanzo storico, mentre lo consiglio a chi piacciono i romanzi storici che non affrontino il tema in maniera circostanziale ma approfondita, enfatizzando la battaglia e il contesto in modo da risultare il tutto molto realistico e facile da immaginare per il lettore.Personalmente posso dire che questo libro mi è piaciuto per la sua accuratezza, si legge proprio che dietro a questo romanzo c'è un lavoro di ricerca del contesto storico da parte dello scrittore che apprezzo molto, tuttavia l'unica nota negativa è la presenza fantasy che poteva essere gestita meglio, la parte fantasiosa stona un po'accostata alla bella parte storica del romanzo. Sicuramente se uscirà leggero anche il seguito !

  • Jeff Frane
    2018-09-24 12:27

    I had never heard of Graham Hancock prior to picking this book up, but it's apparent that he's had a long and successful career writing nonfiction. It's also apparent that he is less adept at fiction and could really use a good editor. The novel isn't so much an historical account but a fantasy built largely on historical accuracy.Hancock has a tin ear for dialog and scatters anachronisms and colloquialisms throughout (get an editor!). The dialog is particularly grating when his characters commune with their various spiritual guides and gods. He also clutters the book up with details and explanations that do nothing to advance the story. Seriously, if I want to know the names of every piece of horse armor I'll look it up; I don't need it in the midst of a piece of fiction.Still, Hancock did manage to hold my interest for 500 pages, perhaps simply because the setting is so exotic and rich. A good editor, even a good copy editor would go a long way toward an actual novel. If I had an inkling this had happened (less and less likely these days with a successful author) I'd consider reading the next volume. Otherwise, I'll keep working on my To Be Read piles focusing on real fiction.

  • Neo Primatem
    2018-10-11 15:24

    I first downloaded the sample from amazon, which included the first few chapters. I don't know why but I found the first chapter overly descriptive and a bit boring, so I left it for quite a while. Then after reading his other novel, Entangled, I decided to finish War God, and it was one of the best books I've ever read. My favorite characters are probably Tozi and Pepillo because they only have good intentions, while the morality of a lot of other characters can be ambiguous at times. The Spaniards in particular. It's true that many of the Spaniards during the inquisition were religious and committed a lot of atrocities in the name of the Christian god. It's also true that some of them just wanted to plunder a new land to become rich. I love how this book is historically accurate (mostly) yet it also draws on other less tangible things and takes the beliefs held by both the European and South American cultures and creates a backstory of this manipulative war god that seeks only destruction and death and tricks both sides into doing so.Definitely worth a read if you haven't already

  • Guntario
    2018-10-03 16:24

    I would really like to rate this a 3.5, but I can't. The story is really good, and I love that I get to learn a bit about history while reading. However, it's seriously drawn out. As long as this book is, I should have been able to learn about not only Corez's initial conquest, but also the entire conquest. Hancock just went too much into detail on stuff that had absolutely no bearing on the story at all. There was probably 20% of the book devoted to two characters that had absolutely nothing to do with the story whatsoever, and I'm honestly racking my brain as to why he included these two ladies at all. Not only did he include these two ladies, but he made them out to be some kind of mystical beings that colluded with the gods of their people. Then, he also discussed other tribes that were fighting which didn't have anything to do with the story. After all of this, when it got to about 95% of the way through the book, I was completely confused as to where he was going and how he could possibly end the book. Well, it ended abruptly thereafter and was simply a description like you'd read in a history book in college. Strange.

  • Adrian Pop
    2018-10-11 17:10

    War God is a very insightful exploration of the events that preceded the clash between Hernan Cortes's expeditionary force and the mighty Aztec Empire.The story is captivating, the characters are believable and the descriptions are highly vivid. There is a lot of explicit violence and that might put off some readers but none of it is gratuitous and it all contributes in creating the feel of that age and place.There are definite supernatural elements to the story and rather than being ill placed, they enhance the story and spice it up just enough to keep it credible.The last few chapters are especially bloody and depict big armed clashes that might become tiring after a while, but this is not really detracting from the overall story which is aptly paced.Graham Hancock takes care to leave multiple story threads open for the next book in the series (he has planned it as a trilogy).

  • Mellissa Alonso
    2018-10-01 15:35

    I loved this book. It was captivating from the get go. Unlike other novels that try to reconstruct an ancient culture, this one does not sugarcoat anything on either side. The Aztecs and the spaniards are both portrayed as extremely flawed and ambitious beings. Even though the Aztec culture is described in detail in its cruelty, it is also described in the majesty of its culture. I would have loved if the author had delved deeper on the culture and the traditions of this incredible civilization. I was particularly surprised and delighted by the use of Huitzilopochtli as the guiding agent in the story, on both sides, and how he plays a controversial role in the Catholic spaniards motivations. The realistic and gruesome nature of the reasons that led the Spanish to the conquest of Mexico is lavishly portrayed in the story and it makes me ecstatic to see it without religion justifying it. I would have, however, liked to read more about Tozi.

  • J Beedon
    2018-10-13 14:11

    Not bad. I found it to be an easy read and quite entertaining. The style of writing is very unique, in that every chapter ends in a cliffhanger of sorts. Also, certain chapters may be the retelling of a previous chapter, but from another character's perspective. Also, Mr. Hancock spices the story up with supernatural fantasy. I enjoyed it and will continue the series... Also, I feel that the simplicity of the story makes it perfect for a future movie or miniseries. All that being said, I would recommend "Aztec" by Gary Jennings to readers who are genuinely interested in a more accurate (yet still fictional) account of precolombian Mexico. That book was a product of extensive research and really made the Mexica way of life vivid to me in it's minute detail. Still, I'm a big fan of Graham Hancock and will patiently await for the next release!

  • Andrew Tollemache
    2018-10-19 15:11

    Technically this is Graham Hancock's first work of fiction, but since his other books are on aliens, alternate archaeology and the Ark of Covenant's resting place (Ethiopia), one could argue this is latest work of fiction. Regardless, this book is an interesting fictionalized account of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Hancock goes to great lengths to lay out the world and reality each side faced. The mexica (Aztecs) come across as bloodthirsty savages who cruelly oppress their neightbors. Spanish are your typical white guy imperialist villains. its all god, gold and rape, but Cortez makes a good anti-hero and Bernal Diaz a good regular hero. An interesting device is the use of the various gods of both the Spanish and the Mexica as actual beings who appear for real. Cortez talks to St Paul and Moctezuma seems the guidance of the Aztec God of War.

  • Joshua Bishop
    2018-09-28 11:11

    God of War is a book full of the colour, culture and religion of Mesoamerican history and the imagery stands out in the pages as you read it.I love the way the supernatural dieties force their way into the reality of history in Graham's world adding a deeper twist and plot drive to the Spanish invasions. His descriptions and his characters added so much realism and vivid life to the book. At times Graham's word choices and writing style seemed far too modern for a history novel and, at times, noticeably distracted from the story but the characters and conflict carried the story marvelously and made up for any shortcomings.

  • Ruggero
    2018-10-16 11:20

    I have to say that I was expecting a greater read. I loved GH's first novel "Entangled" in fact I rate it as one of the best novel I have ever read! So I had very high expectations (which by the way is my problem). War God is a very good book, but for me, it didn't captivate me as much as I thought it would have. The book, of course flows really well therefore you can't put it down. The characters are fantastic, although the dialogs are too modern. I do look forward to the sequel which will be out in October 2014 and I'm sure that the 2 books together will deliver a 5 star ratings. Right now GH is my favorite fiction novel writer.

  • Mike S
    2018-09-22 10:32

    The author did a lot of research, so the story seems quite plausible. I liked the whole story line, but I thought he spent a little too much time on the unfortunately all too accurate portrayals of the church and conquistadors, and too little time on the metaphysical aspects. These cultures had a lot of spiritual experiences, some very dark, I would have liked it if the story delved into that more, but overall it is very well written. I really admire Hancock and his courage to be ahead of his time, and will continue to read anything he publishes. This story wraps itself up nicely, I'm really looking forward to a followup to Entangled.

  • Laura
    2018-09-26 15:13

    Compré este libro pensando que sería algo interesante porque había una bruja en él. Las primera páginas eran algo duras, pero con el correr de la historia, me di cuenta que no era de mi gusto, para nada. Hay algunos personajes interesantes, sí, tanto de uno como del otro lado del océano, pero no bastan para convencerme.Exceso de suciedad, de sangre, de violencia, de algo que parece ser malicia con respecto a las culturas precolombinas, aunque ningún lado es trigo limpio ni puede hablar de ética, contexto histórico o no.¿Veredicto final? Un tope de puerta caro. Habría hecho mejor en usar mi dinero en un libro que me gustase más. Eso me pasa por no tener el servicio de bola de cristal.

  • Sam Drew
    2018-09-25 11:15

    War God is a truly epic novel, with great visceral action scenes and gripping-set pieces that makes its 500+ pages a real rollercoaster ride and a great thrill to read. Its subject is the Spanish conquest of Mexico, and it combines fantasy with meticulously researched history. Of most interest to me were the fine details about the Spanish use of animals as weapons of war, and the nature of the Aztec civilisations. If you'd like to meet Hancock and hear about the research behind the book as well as research for the highly anticipated sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods, he's in Bath on 26th June.http://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/...

  • Victor Rodriguez
    2018-10-07 13:36

    WAOOOOOOOOOOOO. Graham Hancock does a real good work at mixing fantasy with real historical events of the conquest of the new world. In addition to his ability to describe the grandeur of such turning point in world history, he also manage to bring to life in a very special way the colorful and great cultures of the new world. More astonishing is his portrait of the clash of civilizations, not only from the view of the conquistadores but also of the Mexicas. An must read for any lover of history.