By Gary Jennings
During this colourful and interesting period of swords and cloaks, upheaval and revolution, a tender beggar boy, in whose blood runs that of either Spanish and Aztec royalty needs to declare his birthright. From the torrid streets of the town of the lifeless alongside the Veracruz Coast to the ageless glory of Seville in outdated Spain, Cristo the Bastardo connives fights, and loves as he seeks the truth—without understanding that he'll be the founding father of a proud new people.
As we keep on with the loves and adventures of Cristo and adventure the colourful attractiveness and barbarism of the period, a vanished tradition is introduced again to existence in all its beauty.
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As one, Sul and his father whirled to face this danger. From where he stood, the boy could see the large diamondback coiled about a foot from Mervin's bare leg. The reptile's head swayed, ready to strike. Without thinking of anything other than his brother's danger and that he was the closest to do something about it, Sul bounded forward to distract the snake's attention. As he ran up, that wickedly poised head swiveled around to face this new threat. The rattler's tongue flicked rapidly and its rattles buzzed angrily at his approach.
A chair scraped on the porch as Shap Ross stood. His voice boomed nearer Sul's listening post. "There's room for you at the hotel, Hanse. " the sergeant asked, likewise getting to his feet. Ross chuckled. "At least since Sul was knee-high. " "So we've been friends about ten years now," Sul heard Mason continue. "About that," his father replied. The sergeant went on. "Well, I'm tellin' you to your face that you're makin' a big mistake about Sully. " Shap Ross laughed again. "I hear you, Hanse, but you're wasting your time.
From a rear stall, Mason's sorrel watched these proceedings hopefully, but Sul knew better than to undertake the responsibility of caring for the sergeant's mount. "Sorry, boy," he told the sorrel. "Hanse always says a good cavalryman looks after his own horse. " Turning from Mason's horse, Sul considered his own plan. For an instant he thought of leading Saber out there and then, but his training held. On the frontier a man's life often depended upon his horse, and he had been taught to look after his mount before doing anything else.
Aztec Blood (Aztec, Book 3) by Gary Jennings