The Serpent and the Eagle takes the reader back to the time of Montezuma (Motecuhzoma) when he led the Mexica Confederacy. The year is 1519 and there is no reason not to believe that the Mexica Confederacy will continue to rule of the nation. The arrival of Spaniards, in search of gold and glory, arrive on a mission they believe is ordained by their God. This is the story of the battles between the Spaniards and the Mexica Confederacy, as told from the viewpoints of both the native inhabitants as well as the conquering forces – from leaders to soldiers, the reader experiences the events through differing viewpoints.
Normally I enjoy historical fiction. This story, in spite of its awards, did not draw me in. It was difficult to get into the heads of the characters. Battle scenes were exceedingly descriptive and for me much too detailed. With all of the blood and gore I found it hard to follow the story line. It became too much for me. I set the book down for a period, hoping that when I returned to it I would be in a different frame of mind. For a second time, I began the book on page one but encountered the same problems – shallow characters, too much emphasis on the details of the battles. I repeated this sequence (setting the book aside and taking it up again) a third time. But it was not to be. I made it to about page 100 or so before I threw in the towel.
Readers who enjoy battles and strategy, in all their detailed glory, will enjoy The Serpent and the Eagle. However, for this reader, it wasn’t my cup of tea.
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3 stars