One of the things that I really enjoy about illustrated works is comparing the mental picture the words give me with the illustrations. While reading Azreya, Aztec Priestess I found myself looking for those depictions. The world building Ms. Copeland provides is top-tier, and the illustrations add to this reading experience. I think the passion the author has for legends behind the Aztec people is on display through this story. Azreya has a mark on her arm at birth that her people think signifies she is cursed. She goes to live with a respected spiritual leader, but will his intentions prove to be good? As Azreya learns more about the spirit inside of her, who she calls Tecuani, will her mission to save her people be successful? You have to read the story to find out!
Laced with Aztecan culture, this story is about a little girl born with a mark of a goddess of darkness that scares her family into giving her up to a Shaman, who promises to help guide her to control the beast he’s certain lies within. Treating her with kindness and helping her to tame her emotions serves its purpose until his true intentions are revealed and she escapes on a quest to save her people. Through unleashing her inner “beast,” Azreya also learns to trust herself and the goddess who has shown her favor. This was a fascinating tale that brought to life some insights to a long lost people.
Azreya, Aztec Priestess, is a great book for ages 12 & up. I truly enjoy this author and her writing style. Azreya is a unique and likable character. The story was well written and flowed beautifully. The illustrations just helped bring the book to life.
Reviewed by @mimimadge
This is not normally a book that I would read but it was great! Azreya is the warrior princess you didn’t know you needed. Join her on an adventure unlike any other. From a young age, she is said to be a demon and her family fears for her. She is sent to live with a shaman to get her power under control. She lives there for a long-time learning all that she can. When a twist happens, she sets out on her own to help the Aztec people. Will she be able to keep her “demon” under control and save her people or will the Spanish take them all down?
Well written and gives such vivid imagery even without the provided pictures.
Although I wouldn’t say I’m a history fan, I’ve always enjoyed reading historical fiction. I picked this book to see if my kids would enjoy reading it. I’m glad I did read this book and would recommend it to teens, especially if they enjoy paranormal stories.
Azreya was born with amber eyes and her family is scared she has been cursed due to a deformity or marking on her arm. Her parents travel with the infant Azreya to meet the shaman Nukpana for help. Nukpana sends them away with a promise for Azreya to be brought back to him when she is around 3 or 4 years old so he can begin training her and see what skills she possesses to become an asset to the city in the future.
What a great way to start a book, to get the reader interested with the birth of Azreya and how her parents react to her differences. The book is well written and I think most readers would connect with the characters fairly quickly.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
So, let me first say that I am very familiar with this author as I have read several of her books. This was a first for me to read of an illustrated book by her. It was fantastic! I thought she was able to keep my attention with her wonderfully written story and amazing characters. I personally could visualize everything I was reading without having the illustrations. However, the illustrations were so good that it was an added plus to see them amazing art. I am not a fan of mythology books typically. However, I do love reading about the Spanish culture. The way that she included both into this story made me interested in the mythology that was being explained. It may have me delving into more mythology in the future.
This isn’t a book I would normally pick up, but I am extremely glad I did. I expected this to be geared more towards children but was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed it so much!
When Azreya is born, her family believes she is cursed by the demon Tepeyollotl. They enlist the help of a shaman, Nukpana, who allows her to live with him as he teaches her how to control the beast within. Everything is not always as it seems and Azreya uses her gifts to reveal the truth. She finds that she needs to leave to help save her people, living life on her own accord and trying to convince others to trust her. Will she be able to tame the emotional beast inside of her or will she turn into the demon everyone claims her to be?
The characters and world-building throughout are just amazing. I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this book. The illustrations are wonderful and add even more depth to the story. I really loved this glimpse into Aztec culture and mythology.
Reviewed by @shannlynn
I really enjoyed this story. The author does an amazing job of bringing Aztec mythology to life and the attention to detail really brought the whole story to life. The author’s descriptions about the Aztecs way of life and beliefs was very interesting to read. The beautiful drawings that were also included in this story just added to the creative feel and experience.
Azreya is a young girl who is considered cursed by one of the God’s. To help her she is sent at the age of 3 to stay with a sharman who is going to teach her how to calm the beast inside her.
Things go well until a visitor arrives that causes Azreya to flee her safe haven.
However when she returns to her family they don’t want to take her in for fear of what this “cursed” person could do.
While Azreya is having visions of the future she sees that her people are in great danger from an enemy. Can she make her people listen to her and protect themselves or will they ignore her warnings and have to face the consequences.
This is a story of pain and betrayal when you realise the person you thought you could trust turns out to be someone you can’t trust at all. It’s also a story of courage as Azreya fights to stand by her visions and what she has seen to protect her people and save them from disaster.
Azreya is a young girl born with a mark on her hand and a demon inside her. Her parents are convinced that she needs to be turned over to their priest, Nukpana, by age of three to protect them from her. They turn her over and expect to see her again, however, that is not what happens. Once they turn her over, Nukpana takes over her training and her life. As she grows, she begins to realize that he is just using her to increase his standing in the community. When Nukpana decides to only share part of Azreya’s vision concerning the Spanish and the Aztecs, she realizes that she must take matters into her own hands and runs away. But at the young age of 13, how will she convince others to take her seriously? Who can she trust? Will she be able to bring the Aztecs together in order to stand against the Spanish in time?
First of all, I really like this author! The characters are well written, and the story was like a movie playing in my head. I enjoyed learning about the Aztec culture and gods while reading about a girl that just wants to be loved. She’s thrown into a life she didn’t choose and is doing her best to keep the balance between an angry beast inside of her and the real-world struggles that surround her. She does find that balance and it was fascinating to read how she does.
zreya, Aztec Priestess: An Illustrated Mythology Legend by Tricia Copeland, Illustrated by Matt Maes. This is a great young adult story about mythology and paranormal fantasy. Its the story of Azreya a Aztec Princess who has been put into the custody of a shaman, Nukpana who is supposed to help her learn how to use her powers and to tame the beast inside of her. The only problem is Nukpana is not her friend and can not be trusted. It is thought that Azreya is cursed and that is the reason she has the beast inside her. If that demon inside her somehow takes over she will die. So learning how to contain it is crucial. Azreya’s one goal is to help her people so learning to control herself is imperative. I love this author and her writing is so descriptive that you feel as if you are there. Such a good young adult paranormal read!
I love mythology books and this one does not disappoint. Azreya is a curious, yet intelligent child that is Cursed by the Tepeyollotli at birth. Her parents, with the guidance of a shaman named Nukpana decided to leave her with the Shaka so he can help her beat the demon within her.
Although Nukpana teaches Azreya everything she knows, he is no friend to her and she ends up on her own with the knowledge that the Spanish are going to invade her land and if she doesn’t get all of the Aztecs to fight as one her people and her culture will be destroyed.
Wow, what a great and fascinating story!! It was a nice change of pace for me and a wonderful surprise of a story as I sat and was totally engrossed in this world of mythology and fantasy and followed along with Azreya and her journey.
Azreya’s journey starts when she is little…..originally thought to be “cursed”. Her family invests into a shaman to help, Nukpana. As Nukpana helps Azreya understand her gifts, she also has to learn to tame her inner beast. Not all what it seems to Azreya, as she wants to protect her Aztec people and also is deceived by those around her.
Wonderful story and captured me right from the beginning. I also loved the beginning glossary of the Aztec words (so I know what they mean) and the illustrations as it gave me a sense of the characters in the story. Well Done and Highly Recommended!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 Stars!
This is an interesting story that contains some parts that are based on the mythology from the Aztec people. A young girl is born with what some believe to be a curse but there are those who understand and know the truth. As we watch Azreya grow and learn we see the strength she finds in herself. Her story is one of survival and belief. Lessons are learned and friendships made. Azreya’s life has its ups and downs as she learns to use her gifts. Those that enjoy YA and mythology will not be disappointed in this book. The story moves at a good pace and is full of adventure with a depth of characters and meaning.
I’m not sure exactly what I expected from this series but the book I started reading was not it. This is a rich story, detailed and complex, steeped in mythological history. The illustrations are absolutely magnificent and compliment the book entirely.
The story itself is such an interesting one to read. The author paints such a vivid picture that you can picture it all so clearly. I was so easily lost within the pages, consumed by the story unfolding. This is a fantastic book that I think everyone should read.
Azreya, Aztec Princess: An Illustrated Mythology Legend by Tricia Copeland is a wonderful illustrated historical fantasy interwoven with mythology, mysticism, and gives a window into the Aztec culture, daily life, and their religion- with beautiful illustrations which help to bring this story to life. This adventure is really well-woven, as expected from this talented author, and I love the mysteriousness and intrigue that came with all the Aztec elements.
The scene-setting and world-building are first-rate! Ms. Copeland’s attention to detail, clever and imaginative touches, and wonderfully descriptive details succeeded in pulling me into the story and making me feel like I was right there experiencing everything alongside the characters.
As I have discovered previously, Ms. Copeland is a talented author who never fails to deliver a complex and captivating story. Matt Maes beautiful, bright, and intriguing illustrations definitely helped to take this story to the next level.
Hope to see these two talented people collaborate again!
Looking forward to seeing what Ms. Copeland has in store for us next!
Thank you, Tricia Copeland!
Reviewed by @angelahayes
Azreya, Aztec Priestess is a book for YA’s aged 12 plus. It is a mishmash of paranormal/fantasy, historical fiction, legend and mythology. With shamans, monsters and gods there is a little bit for every YA paranormal fantasy lover.
It is a novel with illustrations done by Matt Maes that help bring the story to life.
Tricia’s passion for the subject matter shines through in the narrative.
It is a journey back in time when the Aztec were thriving but impending doom has been foreseen. Little is known about them and their ways but Tricia helps us learn more about them as we journey along with Azreya who is fighting to help her people thrive and survive.
Reviewed by @jennadb
This book really baked the cake and ate it! I love anything wit mythology and legends, and this book really came to life as I read. THE book was visually enlightening as well as amazing words that brought the story to life. Was a quick read for me, that I was completely immersed in! Impossible not to enjoy it!
Interesting story and plot,that quickly took off. Azreya was quite the character, easily someone you would look up to for all the qualities she possessed. The illustrations were amazing as well! I found they were a great addition to the story and as things developed! I was completely immersed with curiosity and longing to know more as I read! Perforce writing and perfect story line. It was an adventure and I am glad I got to take part in it! The book was a wonderful intrigue read, and journey worth taking! I truly loved it!
Wonderful complex story and writing by this gifted author. This book was a wonderful and intriguing treat for me! High recommendation from myself! For sure a must read, that must be enjoyed!
I was so drawn into the book right from the start. Azreya is a compelling and compassionate character that shows strength and bravery. She is dedicated to the Aztec people and would do anything in her power to ensure they succeed and flourish. Her path is unique and full of unexpected challenges. Wonderful all around.
Azreya, Aztec Priestess: An Illustrated Mythology Legend, Tricia Copeland, Matt Maes, Review, Itsy Bitsy Book Bits, YA, Mythology, Native American
I really enjoyed this book. I love books based on mythology and legends from different countries. It is sad that Azreya had to go through what she does with her family, especially her parents. Being so advanced due to her being “cursed” with the demon Tepeyollotl, she can understand everything that is said and done around her from an early age. She knows she has to leave her parents and she knows there is a possibility that the demon will overtake her and destroy, but it seemed to me her parents and unfortunately Nukpana teach her how to tame the best inside. Nukpana, wow, I despise him so much, his thoughts and actions are evil, I don’t like to hope for anything bad to happen to anyone, but this fictional character, I did. When her glimpses of the future come to fruition, I sat reading with my lips pursed in a “take that” and “you should have listened” form. I hoped that every king and person Azreya encountered, that she shared her reading of the future with, were looking back and wishing they would have listened. I was happy with the ending. Azreya did lose her family but gained a new one, and it seems like and I hope she is happy.
I found this story to be very interesting and quite intriguing. Azreya is a mythological story of a priestess who grows up to watch over her people. She leads an amazing life and has many challenges. The facts included by the author help to understand the story. It feels like South American folklore/mythology. The writing keeps you wanting more because you find yourself waning to know what’s going to happen next as Azreya undergoes tests. The illustrations fit well into the story. This author is one of my favorites as she tries many new things. I hope she does more this way. I will be using this book as reading with my kiddo’s schooling as he gets older. Well done, loved it!
At the age of three, Azreya is placed in the care of a shaman, Nukpana, who promises to protect her. Servitude to the man who vowed to keep her dark side from emerging seemed a small price to pay until a special client visits. But Azreya’s inner compass clashes with Nukpana’s wishes and her rage boils over.
With the demon just under the surface, she has no choice but to flee, only to find her own family refuses to take her in. Still unable to stand by and witness her people’s demise, Azreya pursues a quest to enlighten them. She faces many challenges—not the least of which is the monster hiding under her own skin.
Can Azreya control her inner beast and convince her people to break from age-old patterns, or will the Aztecs be vanquished by the enemy?
Journey back in time to unlock the secrets of the Aztec.
This book contains the manuscript, maps, illustrations as well as bonuses like images of the handmade drawings that were used to create the cover and other images in the book.
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Tricia believes in finding magic. She thinks magic infuses every aspect of our lives, whether it is the magic of falling in love, discovering a new passion, a beautiful sunset, or a book that transports us to another world. An avid runner and Georgia native, Tricia now lives with her family and four-legged friends in Colorado. Find all her titles from contemporary romance and fantasy, to dystopian fiction at www.triciacopeland.com.
Matt Maes of Quantum Keyhole Studio is a Mythical Painter and Creative Educator. His mission is to enhance the creative aspect in as many lives as possible. He aims to create art for people who share his love of myth and creativity. He’s driven by an urge to pursue joy, excellence, wisdom, and meaningfulness in everyday life, and invites everyone to join in the dance. Some of his favorite ways to share his craft are through festivals, workshops, newsletters, streaming media, live painting, or connecting with new people along his travels. He and his romantic partner, Helena, have created ‘Immersive Art Meditation’, a deeply focused art-centered experience through the lens of guided meditation. He invites you to join in exploring worlds of wonder within the doorways of our spirits.
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This was far different from the novels I have been reading as of late, and really stole my attention away from the real world. The author brings the reader into a world where females are, in my opinion, the far stronger sex, which is always exciting, and to a dystopian world like no other. The choices made, words used to describe the characters, world, and adventure that ensues is delectable to say the least. Ultimately, everything happens for a reason, and timing is a large part of that, as you’ll soon find out.
I love a good read that includes two characters that separate, are unsure of the future, but together make for a brighter future. This novel brought me that join, along with a smile, sadness, goosebumps and the hope that this world continues on in future adventure, as I have become a huge fan of this authors work, and look forward to following Bernard, Alva, and the rest of their world for some time. Highly recommend!
Beautifully written retellings of some well-known Greek mythologys written through a female perspective. To read a book where females from the past can voice their thoughts, actions, and feelings evoke the other spectrum of a quieted spirit. It is such a great outlook in which the author established here. These ancient tellings tell of lives and circumstances that once was but many of its lessons and values still hold true to many in today’s modern world.
There is the Hymn of Demeter where Demeter and her daughter as their experiences and romance are depicted in this telling. Also included is the story of Odyssey as the voice of those women who loved him dearly elaborate on his many challenges in his life. Lastly, there is the Epic of Gilgamesh where moments of grieving, greed, and pridefulness allows readers to be able to reflect and learn from this story.
This is a retelling of 3 historical stories with a fresh twist and perspective. I loved the unique spins on classics. I had heard versions of 2 of the 3 of them, but it was still interesting to read a new version. I was drawn to read this book because I love mythology and I love when stories are retold by different character POV. I found these stories easy to read and full of adventure, independence, courage, and determination. If you enjoy a good monsters vs gods story, this book will be worth reading.
Ancient Reflections is a wonderous take on classic Greek mythology. While most ancient Greek stories focus on the male gods and demigods and women take a back seat, Ancient Reflections is about the females who make up Olympus and the Underworld. In this trilogy we are taken through the everyday lives of some of the mighty Greek gods and goddesses. Familiar heavy hitters such as Zeus, Hades, Aphrodite, and Athena appear, and we get to know some of the others like we’ve never heard before. If you are a fan of Greek mythology, definitely check this book out!
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I thought it was going to be similar to reading a history book, or a literature book. Personally, I’m not a big fan of either. But I really enjoyed reading this book! It explains everything so you can follow along, it has relatable themes and really cool stories to follow. The characters are gods, and until this book, I didn’t know gods could be relatable. Read this book if you enjoy a good story line and great in depth description.
This trilogy is intriguing. A Pomegranate and the Maiden is the story of Demeter and Persephone; Unsung Odysseys is the story of Odysseus’ return from Troy, and Gigamesh of Uruk is the story of Gilgamesh and Mesopotamian hero.
I was able to read these stories and see the similarities to the original mythology. The storytelling of Tamara Agha-Jaffar is amazing. I loved her attention to detail. The stories are seen through a woman’s view. I highly recommend these stories.
Ancient Reflections: A Mythic Trilogy
Written By: Tamara Agha-Jaffar
Review By: Susan Ratchford
A wonderfully written trilogy where the voices of Ancient Greeks’ most powerful women take center stage. A fresh new perspective on the mythical tales that have entertained us for centuries!
Amazing! I highly recommend this trilogy! As a lover of Greek Mythology I thought the change of perspective from male oriented to female oriented was genius and eye opening! The stories became different, even more engaging and emotionally convincing. It really made me realize how the voices of even the strongest and most known women have been diminished or even silenced over time. Tamara Agha-Jaffar also creates a really nice flow that is fast paced and makes the pages fly by without ever getting dull or drawn out. These beautiful stories have characters that are so easy to connect with who face struggles that are still so relevant today!
Ancient Reflections: A Mythic Trilogy is a collection of three retellings of classic mythological stories.
A Pomegranate and the Maiden tells the story of Demeter and Persephone, Unsung Odysseys retells the story of Odysseus’ return from Troy, and Gilgamesh of Uruk tells the story of Gilgamesh. It is always hit and miss when authors retell the stories of old. However, the author does an excellent job of keeping the story’s integrity and changing the POV of the female characters. I enjoyed the stories and am now curious to read more from this author. I look forward to reading more soon.
In the first story in this trilogy, which is based on the Hymn of Demeter, A Pomegranate and the Maiden, the lives and actions of Demeter and her daughter are explored through their eyes, through their experiences and their love.
In the second story, which is based on the Odyssey, Unsung Odysseys, told through the eyes of the women who loved him, this new perspective of his travels shows what happened between the trials he faced throughout his life.
In the third and final story based on the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh of Uruk explores pride, greed, grief and loss, as stories are recounted and lessons are shared to teach lessons everyone should know.
In this retelling of three stories from Ancient Times, stories of love, grief, challenges and the overcoming of barriers, this book shows new, feminist perspectives and how relevant the stories remain today, while showing what we can learn from the past. Will you dive into these Ancient Reflections and see what you will learn from them?
Reviewed by @roxsannel
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