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Summary

A young girl called Tozi stands at the bottom of a pyramid, waiting to be led to the top where her heart will be cut out....

Pepillo, a Spanish orphan who serves a sadistic Dominican friar, is aboard the Spanish fleet as it sails towards Mexico.... This is the epic story of the clash of two empires, two armies and two gods of war.

Five hundred desperate adventurers are about to pit themselves against the most brutal armies of the ancient Americas, armies hundreds of thousands strong. This is a war of gods and men.

Dark powers that work behind the scenes of history show their hand as the prophecy of the return of Quetzalcoatl is fulfilled with the arrival of Cortes. The Aztec ruler Moctezuma fights to maintain the demands of the war god Huitzilopochtli for human sacrifice. The Spanish Inquisition is planning an even greater blood-letting.

Caught up in the headlong collision between two gods of war are Tozi, Pepillo and the beautiful sex slave Malinal whose hatred of Moctezuma runs so deep she will sell out her own land and people to destroy him.

©2013 Graham Hancock (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Critic reviews

"[P]art historical fact, part fantasy, the effect is as intense as the events themselves. It's a fascinating read that will have you booking a flight to Mexico long before you finish the book." ( Evening Standard)

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Loved it.

Great story. Very well read. Endearing characters and despicable villains. Looking forward to book two.

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Compelling Historical Fiction, Excellent Narration

This book, the first in what is currently a trilogy, is definitely in my top three of 'fictional books that I have ever had the pleasure of listening to' (No mean feat). You may not struggle too hard to guess the other two. Okay so it is not entirely fiction, a lot of it is based on historical fact, but all of the story lines of the people involved are compelling and as the stories evolve the author has allowed us to love and hate almost every character, in fact you may find yourself 'jumping ship' and siding with your original enemy on many occasions before 'jumping back' again and again. Each to his own. In my humble opinion this is a very clever, compelling and absorbing book, as is the rest of the series, written by a very intelligent human being. To add insult to injury the narrator is the perfect man for the job and again is one of the best that I have listened to. All in all the combination of Author and Narrator really does make this the next audiobook you must listen to.

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not what I expected but!

Not what I thought it was going
be but I enjoyed it an interesting mix of history and fantasy. I am now going to read the rest of the trilogy

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really enjoyed this book

I downloaded this book in error thinking it was sci-fi but it was an unexpected gem that had me so hooked i have bought the next one...couldn't wait for my next credit

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Nights of the witch

Another great book. I couldn't stop listening. This book kept me rivited. I am to looking forward to the next one.

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Good start.

The story in itself is exciting enough, I feel, even without the notions of real Gods and magic. Presentation is good, the development of the characters, kinda predictable. But all and all a entertaining listen.

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brilliant

very clever writing. Hancock opens his mind. It's a weird and wonderful place in there

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Annoying narration

The story wasn’t too bad, but nothing great, and didn’t make me feel the need to continue with the series. Graham Hancock’s real life written Work is far far better.

The big problem for me was the narration. The use of posh and common English accents for Spanish characters just doesn’t work. I can’t understand why they didn’t use a Spanish narrator who could have spoken in English, providing a much more authentic appeal. . .

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  • Dennis Lewis
  • 14-12-16

engaging story.

The historical fiction is filled with action and adventure. A really great story well performed and well read. makes one want to study again this time in history though the lens of this story-telling.

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  • Chris Flickinger
  • 28-05-17

captivating

great read, thanks to Mr Hancock for this entertaining and informative piece. two thumbs up

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-03-17

Informative, captivating and outright magical.

War God is a great fusion of Hancock's untethered imagination and his exotic experiences in understanding the roots of our "modern" civilization.

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  • Peter
  • 26-01-17

I love this book. Cant wait for the third.

Where does Nights of the Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really like this series. My favorite so far.

What about Barnaby Edwards’s performance did you like?

He has great voices for the Characters.

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  • MolonLabe_76
  • 14-10-16

Absolutely incredible.

This book had me from the start. Really enjoyed the flow of the book bouncing around from story to story. it really painted an interesting pucture of the Spanish Reconquista. and the crazy part is that most of it is true. Obviously excluding the supernatural aspect of the novel.
All in all I loved it, and Im just glad they made an audiobook of this finally!!!

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  • Nilendra De Silva
  • 04-12-17

Yet another great work by Graham Hancock

Firstly, much praise should be given to Mr. Barnaby Edwards for the great read with a full cast made possible by his vocal variety!!! Cheers to a job well done. What else can be said about this book other that it’s is fantastically written and is capable of transporting the listener back in time to the days of Maya and the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors.

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  • Maximo
  • 25-07-17

Great Historical Retelling

loved this Book, The narration was great.
An enjoyable read, I was disappointed when it ended, On to the next book in the series

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  • Ashley Elmore Drew
  • 04-07-17

Excellent narration

The person who suggested we were in the shire and that a Spaniard should narrate since the z's sound like a speech impediment is apparently not familiar with how Spanish is spoken in Spain. It does sound strange to those of us who are used to how Spanish is pronounced in our hemisphere but it is accurate for Spain so chill out and don't be a jerk.

The narration was excellent. He reads different ages and genders in a way that makes you forget you're being read to. Well done.

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  • Brett
  • 28-12-16

Good Read

I enjoyed the combination of the historical events interwonen with the fictional story and characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-16

Beyond historical fiction, a great book.

Graham Hancock dives into history with a flurish of a master writer and historians careful eye for detail; while blending it all in colorful, rich and violent world of conquest.

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