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Trial in Jade: The Mayan Return

Margaret Evans

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Moonlight Mystery Press

Published : 2007

Copyright : Margaret Evans 2007

ISBN-10 : PB 0-9789076-1-2
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0-9789076-1-7

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Pieces of jade kept finding Amy Parrish. In the mail. Passed by strangers. Rare, polished jade from Guatemala that were left in secret but intended to unlock one. The California archaeologist soon discovered that together they were the key to deciding which of two competing Mayan bloodlines would lead the way into the coming Sixth World. That Amy's worldwide trips to prepare the world for the new age were tarnished by an ancient manuscript that portended the ugly battle between Umoxtl and Xarantu.

"We will all die if I do not face them," Xarantu muttered. "There will be no Sixth World."

Follow Parrish as she struggles to decipher the manuscript's secrets and piece together bits of jade in a race against time before the trial begins. The young heir to the new kingdom is kidnapped, and a culminating battle inspired by the evil Xibalbans from the Mayan creation story tips the world onto the brink of darkness and chaos.

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Review by Paul Lappen (310113) Rating (9/10)

Review by Paul Lappen
Rating 9/10
Part two of a trilogy, this story is about the coming of a new Mayan empire in the very near future. In December, 2012, according to Mayan prophecy, big things are supposed to happen.

Amy Magee, and her husband, Joe, are well-known archaeologists and Mayan experts living in rural California. In the nearby woods, a buried Mayan pyramid is being uncovered. It will become the centrepiece of the new Mayan capital city. As Bringer of the Sixth World, Amy’s task is to travel around the world, leaving packets of seeds in certain places at certain times. One day, she might hand a packet to a street musician in Florence, and the next day, she might leave a packet in the mouth of a stuffed tiger in a shop in Thailand. Along the way, Amy comes into possession of many pieces of jade, which she must fashion into a mask.

There are two separate groups vying for the position of King of the Maya. Will Rodriguez, one of the good guys, has to undergo a trial, including ice, bees, grasshoppers and fire, while wearing the jade mask, in a certain cave at a certain time. The bad guys kidnap a little boy named Carlos, who has an important part in everything, and take him to Guatemala. Candis, his mother, enlists the help of Leo Martinelli, Joe’s cousin, and a government intelligence agent, to rescue him and get him to the trial on time. Candis and Joe run into each other in a supermarket parking lot, which was not supposed to happen, and Joe has been obsessed with her ever since.

This is intended more as a thriller than as an accurate portrayal of Mayan culture. Even if this book just gives a peak through the keyhole at Mayan culture, it works (also as a thriller), and is worth reading (but read part one, The Sixth World, first).
Paul Lappen (31st January 2013)

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