I really enjoyed this book, I like well researched historical novels that are long enough to give you a sense of being there, not feeling let down by being so sort you feel like you just read a movie script.
I especially liked the weaving of the known history with the Supernatural in a way that is totally in keeping with the cultures in question. It took me awhile to realize what was going on with "The" War God - and I won't say anymore and be a spoiler but lets just say once I did figure it out I think I understood things a lot better.
The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is that I was a little overwhelmed by extremely detailed battle scenes which I'm sure my husband would love (we've both done a lot of historical re-enactment and he does fighting) but eventually just made me feel a bit lost and like I wanted my story back. I think this is a personal preference in reading styles, so those who like military fiction are likely to really enjoy these pages, but I just can't handle them after while (and I feel the same way about the long battle scenes that are sometimes in my husband's own novels).
I also felt just a tiny bit unconnected having so many point of view personages to follow, again I realize this is a popular modern style of writing and useful when you have multiple stories to tie together. But I couldn't help remember how gripped I felt reading the novel AZTEC years ago, which is done as an "autobiography" of the view point personage; and while I thought Mr. Jennings went way over the top in his descriptions of some of the darker stuff, I did feel very connected to his point of view Character; whereas in War God I felt most connected to Tozi the young "witch" girl and Pepito (a young boy of similar age). After while having so many others to try and sort out because a bit hard to deal with, and I realized I was starting to confuse them - that said, I like novels with lots of characters so on balance I would rather have this problem that the usual tendency of modern historical novels to only have five or six people in them.
Still, all in all, I could not stop reading until far into the night for several evenings when I should have been sleeping, always the sign of a good book.
And three cheers for Mr. Hancock for refusing to hide the Aztec's blood lust for sacrifices behind some PC modern revisionist screen. That's because serious historical know that the Aztec's had gotten so out-of-control in this department, that their neighbors totally hated their guts and many were happy to side with Cortez, even saw him as a deliverer from the evil Aztec Empire, especially at first.
Yes, other tribes had similar practices but not nearly to the same degree; the Aztecs were a society that had gone totally out of control on this issue, needing ever expanding wars to bring back prisoners to execute. That in no way takes away from the many amazing things they accomplished as a people; their temples, public buildings, social structure, agriculture, writing (of which precious little is left), military skills etc - but to ignore it also skews history (and I have a degree in history and anthropology).
I am not sure however, that I would have portrayed Moctecazuma in exactly the way that Mr. Hancock has chosen to do so, but his presentation is highly believable and fits with the story (as well as some of the limited historical records).
All together, I recommend this book to anyone; a great combination of history and supernatural fantasy without a vampire or ware-wolf to be seen!
I am waiting happily for the next installment!