April proposed choice - Aztec Century, by Christopher Evans


Hi all, Aztec Century is an alternate history novel, with the point of departure from our history being that Cortez defected from Spanish service and joined the Aztecs instead. They were therefore not wiped out, and in the centuries since have gradually expanded out from central America across the globe. The details of the alternate history are sketched only lightly and occasionally, and it's quite fun trying to join the dots and reconstruct a more complete picture.

Availability is a mild annoyance and it may be difficult to suit everyone's preferences. It is easy in kindle - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aztec-Century-Gateway-Essentials-Christopher-ebook/dp/B00D8CY0XA/ and also in generic ebook (Nook, Kobo etc). However, so far as I can see hard copy books are only available on the second hand market - bookfinder.com has numerous copies starting from around £5-7 for shipping to any of UK, US or Canada. I don't think it is available in audio but am happy to be proved wrong.

If availability is a problem for anyone please let me know ASAP and if need be we can change.

The blurb reads
Britain has fallen to the technological might of the Aztec Empire whose armies have rampaged across the globe. Now, for the first time in a millennium, the British are a subject race.

Inevitably there is resistance - and among those determined to fight the invaders is Princess Catherine, elder daughter of the British monarch. But she is torn between her patriotism and her growing involvement, political and personal, with the Aztecs - and with one Aztec in particular. Then her sister is arrested and exiled for her part in an alleged terrorist attack - and Catherine finds herself walking a perilous tightrope...

Sweeping from occupied Britain to the horrors of the Russian front and the savage splendour of the imperial capital in Mexico, Aztec Century is a magnificent novel of war, politics, intrigue and romance, set in a world that is both familiar - and terrifyingly alien.

Winner of the BSFA Award for best novel, 1993


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