I long awaited this installment of the Mexica Saga. You are brought back to the Life and Trials of Gretchen Anderssen, the machinations of Green Hummingbird and Hideishi. And on the backdrop is the ever chilling search for the great and deadly machineries of the 'First Sun' powers. Like the first two books, you are treated to a deep adventure that steeps you in the sense of Deep Deep Time and slumbering giants that Green Hummingbird seeks to keep from Waking. Because to Wake these old powers could spell the End for Humanity. A note for others, I don't want to call this a Trilogy, although when you are at the final chapter, you will be hard-pressed to see how the author could take you further down the path that was alluded to in "House of Reeds". A side story from that volume is still open and unfinished, even though it involves two other great characters, namely a wayward Princeling and the coldly manipulative Iztpalicue. I can only hope that the Author will pen a final volume giving us the exploits of these two and the unseen terror that they unleased from the old, old world of Jagan.
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It's a small change in our history: imagine that the Japanese made contact with the Aztec Empire. Instead of small-pox and Christianity, they brought an Imperial alliance, samurai ethics, and technology. By the time of these books, the Emperor in Mexico City rules not just the entire planet Earth, but a growing interplanetary Empire. But the Galaxy is not a hospitable place, and there are other powers, both new and very very old, who would stop the spread of the power in Anuhuac.
A weapon of the Old Ones, from the time of the First Sun, has been found in a region of space. It must be investigated, then tamed or destroyed to keep it from the hands of opposing powers. Gretchen Anderssen, freelance archeologist and specialist in First Sun artifacts, has been hired by her old mentor Green Hummingbird, agent of the Mirror Service, to join him in the study. They will be joined by old friends, and some old enemies as well.
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In The Time of The Sixth Sun
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Hmm I read this. And I don't really remember the plot, just that it was mostly generic. Reading a bit of the description jogged a few memories, so hopefully my brief review will be helpful. First, I like this universe. Between the old ones, the alternate history (Japan and the Aztec conquered Europe, instead other way around). But, its boggy in terminology. I'm not a big fan of the characters, they are mostly generic (except for the Hadeshi - he's is well written). The plot goes more or less like this - something from the old ones is found, a powerful weapon that has unknown properties. Of course, everyone and their mother knows about it and sends a ship, including the two different empires of Earth, as well as a rebel group outside of the Earth Colonies. Ships are destroyed, ships are fired upon and our plucky archeologist, Gretchen, breaks into a warship computer and figures out how to get at the artifact, allowing for all our leading characters to get the the weapon. Of course, stuff happens and everyone good makes it out, everyone bad dies, and the universe is saved. Its a fairly generic story - and actually, the writing is just average. I'd suggest reading this series because of the alternate history, but the space opera stuff is rather bland.
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