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Publisher's Summary

Seventeen-year-old Hoshi'tiwa had a simple life. The daughter of a humble corn grower, she planned to marry a storyteller's apprentice. But her world is turned upside down when she is captured by the powerful and violent ruler of an infamous city with legends of untold wealth and unspeakable acts of violence to its name. Hoshi'tiwa is suddenly thrown into the court of the Dark Lord, and as she struggles for power, she begins an illicit affair with the one man who has the ability to destroy her.
Best-selling author Barbara Wood has crafted a sweeping saga of one woman's struggle to survive within the dangerous and exotic world of the Toltec court. Set against the backdrop of Chaco Canyon and the mysterious Anasazi people, Daughter of the Sun is an unforgettable novel of power, seduction, murder, and betrayal.
©2007 Barbara Wood (P)2017 Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Wood spins a passionate, well-crafted tale of forbidden love that evokes a time and place that exist as much in myth as fact. The prolific and bestselling Wood ( The Blessing Stone) explores life in the pre-Columbian Americas in this evocative historical romance. Hoshi'tiwa, a beautiful and gifted young Aztec potter of rain jars, is violently uprooted from her village by the dominant Toltec tribe and taken to Center Place, a distant trade and administrative hub suffering through a severe drought. Charged with making a jar that will bring rain to the Toltecs, Hoshi'tiwa captivates her captors: even Lord Jakál, the Toltec leader, finds himself drawn to her. Others feel threatened and plot to eliminate her: Lady White Orchid, a wealthy and influential aristocrat, hopes to marry Jakál herself. Xikli, captain of the elite Jaguar military unit, hopes to use the drought to stage a coup. As Hoshi'tiwa struggles with conflicted feelings for Jakál, she undertakes an arduous journey of discovery. Wood spins a passionate, well-crafted tale of forbidden love that evokes a time and place that exist as much in myth as fact." ( Publishers Weekly)
"The ancient Aztec and Toltec civilizations lie at the heart of Wood's engaging historical romance, set near Chaco Canyon during years of debilitating drought. Hoshi'tiwa, a young and talented potter famous for her rain jars, is summoned from her Aztec village to a 'massive stone complex' built by the Toltecs, the People of the Sun, home to hundreds of families who are tended to by Aztec slaves like Hoshi'tiwa herself. She is told she must create jars that will entice the gods to bring forth rain by the Summer Solstice, and that her life depends on her success. Jakal, the all-powerful Dark Lord, is intrigued by Hoshi'tiwa's independent spirit, and believes she is a messenger from the gods. He grants her special privileges, leading to jealousy among the ranks, and conspiracies against them both. Woods has packed her saga with religious celebrations, brutal executions, and the myriads of superstitions ruling the everyday lives of these ancient peoples, creating not just a compelling romance, but a fascinating look at civilizations whose sudden disappearance remains a mystery." ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cyn on 10-03-17

Very interesting story, very different

A very interesting story that doesn’t work out like you would think. It isn’t a romance although it does have people who fall in love and the outcome of that love. Mostly it is based on one woman who everyone thinks because she was born under a rain star that she can make it rain through her rain vases she makes. This is her journey of what she goes through losing her love as another man takes over her life. When he falls in love with her things get very sticky when others want her as well.

Rebecca Roberts as always gives me a highly entertaining listen she puts so much into her audios giving you a wonderful clear listen free of background noise. There are no high or low tones just wonderful clear even voices. I love her voice and could listen to it all day. Her male voices are as wonderful as her female ones. It is so wonderful to put a voice to the characters they feel more real to me. I love how she bring the story to life as she puts emotion into her read never leaving you guess as to how the character feels or what they are thinking. She always delivers a high quality audio that is highly entertaining. It is always a delight to see her name on an audio I have decided to listen to. She truly has a lovely voice with wonderful character voices it is really surprising how many different voices she has that sounds so different and truly fits each character. I really hope Ms. Roberts is the narrator of those as well. You are going to love this narrator and what she brings to the listen.

I thought a lot of thought went into this plot it kind of has a happy ending but at the same time very sad. My heart really broke for so many characters as life goes on leaving a big hole in their world. Hoshi'tiwa stole my heart from the first page as she is torn from her family to live a life she is unsure of. Things do not turn out the way she thought they would. She is a very strong brave woman who takes things as they come making it as good as she can. Her life turned from love to a very painful time leaving her guessing to her outcome. I really enjoyed this but have mixed feelings on the ending. The other characters were interesting, some I liked and others I did not. I was torn between who she would love and who got hurt when really they all did. This has a powerful meaning, there is much pain from hate, to love or dreams, needs and wants. I really enjoyed listening to it. It isn’t one of my favorite books but the narration really brings the story to life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 10-13-17

Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Tale

Historical Fiction is my favorite genre and this novel was a bit different. The novel takes place in the 1100's southern New Mexico and Mexico. There are not many novels from this time era and geographic era.

The story features a strong intelligent heroine, Hoshi'tiwa and her star crossed love with a the ruling and feared "dark lord" Jakal.

As gruesome as Jakal may be he has compassion and a conscious that his rival Xikli, the general of the Jagar military lacks in his quest for power and plans to overthrow Jakal. Jakel worships a peaceful sun god, a god of peace, a bearded white god who will some day return from the Eastern seas. His god does not demand human sacrifices, however Jakal also acknowledges and respects the other gods that do thirst for human blood. So under Jakel there are gruesome human sacrifices, but only as much as Jakal feels that are necessary to satisfy the gods' thirst and to keep the world in balance.

In contrast, Jakel's sadistic rival Xikli's god is the god of war who has an insatiable thirst for human blood. Xikli yearns for ultimate power and does not respect Jakel, whom he sees as week. Xikli, plots and schemes often secretly defying Jakal's order's, such as making unauthorized human sacrifices.

The region is in a severe drought, and Jakal hears of a skilled potter, Hoshi'tiwa, who is the maker of beautiful rain jars. Rain jars collect the rain and they need to be unique and beautiful to entice the gods to send rain to fill the jars. Hoshi'tiwa is kidnapped from her village and brought to the capital city by Xikli on orders from Jakal to make rain jars. Xikli lies to the people of Hoshi'tiwa's village telling the villagers that Hoshi'tiwa is being abducted to be Jakal's mistress. By not telling the truth, Hoshi'tiwa and her village is shamed rather than honored.

Xikli thinks it is foolish to bring Hoshi'tiwa to the capital city to make rain jars to entice the gods to send rain. Xikli insists that Hoshi'tiwa as well as more other humans be sacrificed until the gods' thirst is quenched, and then the rains will come. He thinks Jakal's plans to bring Hoshi'tiwa to the capital city to make rain jars is silly and foolish and shows weakness.

Hoshi'tiwa matures from a naive girl into a strong intelligent heroine and advisor to Jakal.

Jakal is a classical ancient Greek type hero. A noble tragic hero.

If one is in the mood for a somewhat different historical novel, with elements of a ancient tragic Greek drama, then this book is good choice.

The narration is well done, clearly read and intoned.


I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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