The Prophetic Mayan Queen: K’inuuw Mat of Palenque by Leonide Martin
Publisher: Made for Success Publishing/Made for Wonder (Dec 1, 2018)
Category: : Historical Fiction, Ancient World, Caribbean & Latin American, Historical Romance/ Ancient World | Available in Print and ebook, 350 pages
ISBN: 978-1-64146-365-2 | Tour dates: Feb-Mar, 2019
Description Prophetic Mayan Queen:
K’inuuw Mat of Palenque by Leonide MartinShe was born to serve the Goddess Ix Chel. But K’inuuw Mat is destined to continue the Palenque (Lakam Ha) dynasty by marriage to Tiwol, fourth son of famous ruler Pakal. Trained in prophetic arts, she uses scrying to foresee the face of the man with whom she will bear the dynastic heir—but it is not her husband’s image. She is shocked upon arriving at Palenque to recognize that face as her husband’s older brother, Kan Bahlam. They are immediately attracted, sharing deep interest in astronomy. Though she resists, the magnetic force of their attraction propels them into forbidden embraces, until Kan Bahlam designs a bold plan that would solve his inability to produce a son—if he can gain his brother’s cooperation.
Set in the splendor of Lakam Ha’s artistic and scientific zenith, royal family conflicts and ambitions play out in a tapestry of brilliant Mayan accomplishments in calendars, astronomy, architecture, arts, and secret language codes that will astound people centuries later. As K’inuuw Mat contends with explosive emotions, she must answer the Goddess’ mandate to preserve Mayan culture for future generations. Her passion with Kan Bahlam leads to a pale daughter and bold son who carry this out as their civilization begins the decline and eventual collapse her prophetic vision foresees.
One great cycle rolls into the next . . . Contemporary Mexican archeologist Francesca and her partner Charlie, a British linguist, venture into Chiapas jungles to a remote Maya village, seeking to unravel her grandmother’s secrets. The hostile village shaman holds the key, but refuses to share with outsiders the scandal that leads to foreign blood and ancient Palenque lineages. Only by re-claiming her own shamanic heritage can Francesca learn the truth of who she is, and bring her dynasty into the present.
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This is one of several book written by this author, built on factual individuals and events discovered in Mayan ruins.
K'Inuuw Mat of Palenque had desired to become a Priestess of Ix Chel her entire life. She had been eager for her 12th year to go to Cuzamil to live with her aunt and trained to be whatever type of Priestess her talents deemed her worthy of. She had shown promise of becoming a seer.
She only needed to show evidence of "becoming a woman" then request a meeting with the main Oracle to receive permission. Her first cycle in "becoming a woman" was fulfilled, but when she voiced her request to the Oracle, she was, shockingly, refused. She was to serve a different mission.
Soon, K'Inuuw Mat, was entreated by her father to accept a marriage proposal from an ally, in order tot strengthen their countries. The second brother came to negotiate on behalf of his younger brother. If the younger brother was as appealing as this one, she could willingly accept the offer.
On her journey to meet her betrothed, she used her seer skills to discover a view of the brother who she was to create a royal posterity with. He looked nothing like the brother she had met! He was huge and gruff looking!
After arriving, the next day the family met her in the Palace. Her betrothed looked much like his brother. Who was the image she saw through her seer stones?
This was a very interesting interpretation by the author, of what may have happened. The records recovered were extremely "sketchy". The author added much speculation and intrigue in "filling in" the missing events. It definitely added "spark" to the possibilities.
The characters were portrayed in an interesting way. The Book Title and Cover were very-well chosen and appealing to the ?browser".
I did have some issues with quite a lot of repetition and excess "wordiness". However, the factual information the author provides, additionally adding a map, pronunciation, explanation of terms, etc., made up for a lot of the lacking literary technique. i learned a lot about this aspect of the Mayan culture I never knew and am looking forward to reading more of this author's Mayan leader's adventures.
I offer a Four Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me, with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Excerpt #2 – Meeting of K'inuuw Mat and Kan Bahlam at Marriage Feast
After several rounds of dancing, Tiwol took K'inuuw Mat's hand and they returned to their mat. Her fingers entwined with his; she liked the warmth of his grasp. She felt happy and content, thinking that the Goddess' intentions were surely coming to pass. Tiwol turned to talk with two young men who stood by the mat. Still standing, K'inuuw Mat looked across the patio to watch the more vigorous dancing that had started. She patted one foot in rhythm to the music, until suddenly she caught view of the man who had just entered from the far veranda.
Her heart did a flip-flop and began pounding, while her stomach clenched into a tight knot. Eyes wide in disbelief, she stared at the tall man slowly weaving his way between dancers. Torchlight caught his face and brought his features into sharp focus—the face she had seen in her scrying bowl.
No-nooo! Her mind screamed silently. This could not be happening. The exact face, every feature she had so carefully memorized, of the man who would be her husband. Just when she accepted that her scrying was inaccurate, he appeared precisely as she had been shown. A wave of nausea swept over her and she clutched her stomach, dropping her gaze and collapsing onto the mat. Kuy looked with puzzlement and gave the hand sign for "what is happening." K'inuuw Mat could only shake her head and wait for her stomach to settle a bit. She tried to collect herself before anyone else noticed.
She did not have long, as the tall man arrived at the mat of Talol and the two exchanged heated words. Her ears could not detect any distinct words. It seemed as if a roaring waterfall was inside her head. She saw Pakal walk over to the man, and their conversation also appeared strained. Tiwol stooped down, offering a hand to help her rise.
"My wayward brother Kan Bahlam has arrived," he said with a sardonic smile.
Automatically, she took his hand and rose unsteadily to her feet. She hoped Tiwol did not think she had consumed too much alcohol. In fact, she had not taken a sip, preferring to drink only fruit juices. He steadied her with a grasp on her elbow and steered her to face the new arrival. She could not yet lift her gaze toward him.
"Greetings, Kan Bahlam," said Tiwol. "May I present to you my betrothed, the esteemed Lady K'inuuw Mat of Uxte'kuh? We are gratified that you managed to arrive at her reception feast before it ended. K'inuuw Mat, please meet my brother, the Lakam Ha Ba-ch'ok, Kan Bahlam."
She bowed to avoid looking at him. But, while she was still bowing, she felt a hand upon her upper arm and heard words as through a fog.
"It is my greatest pleasure and highest honor to meet you, Lady K'inuuw Mat. Please accept my profound apologies for arriving late; I was unavoidably delayed in my return from Anaay Te. Had I possessed the wings of an eagle, I should have soared above rivers, mountains, and jungles to arrive sooner, that my eyes might be graced with your divinely lovely presence."
She did not know which sensation disturbed her the most: the burning of his hand on her skin, the rich baritone timbre of his voice, the masculine smell of his heated body. With extreme effort, she straightened and lifted her eyes to meet his, and was immediately pierced with another overwhelming sensation. From the depths of his black eyes came a bolt of lightning that coursed through her body and shot into her toes. Her insides were quivering and her knees felt weak. It was all she could do to choke out a few words.
"The-the pleasure is mine . . . to-to meet you . . . Lord Kan Bahlam."
His hand continued burning into her flesh and his eyes boring into her soul. Her body felt drawn by a powerful magnetic force toward his, as if at any moment she would fall into his arms. This very image created a sensation of her body pressing into his that was intoxicating. She felt herself swaying and her mind screamed warnings again. Magnetic waves of energy thrummed between their bodies, and he seemed unable to remove his hand from her arm.
Pakal appeared from the side and placed an arm around her shoulders, drawing her away from Kan Bahlam and breaking his hold on her. She was too confused and overcome by intense sensations to assess what impression this encounter might have made on those around. Dimly she was aware that Pakal and Tiwol led her back to their mat, where she sat as Kuy fanned her with a small palmetto leaf and gave her juice to drink. The rest of the evening was a blur. She thought she managed to respond appropriately to conversation and appear reasonably present. Her mind felt numb, and she resisted any thoughts. She needed a good night's sleep before she tried to understand what had happened.
Award winning author, Leonide (Lennie) Martin: Retired California State University professor, former Family Nurse Practitioner, Author and Maya researcher, Research Member Maya Exploration Center.
Dr. Martin’s books portray ancient Maya culture and civilization through stories about both actual historical Mayans and fictional characters. She studied Maya culture and history from both scientific and indigenous viewpoints.
While living for five years in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, she apprenticed with Maya Elder Hunbatz Men, becoming a Solar Initiate and Maya Fire Women in the Itzá Maya tradition. Other indigenous teachers in Guatemala included Maya Priestess-Daykeeper Aum Rak Sapper and Maya elder Tata Pedro. The ancient Mayas created the most highly advanced civilization in the Western hemisphere, and Martin’s work is dedicated to their wisdom, spirituality, scientific, and cultural accomplishments through compelling historical novels.
Martin’s interest in ancient Mayan women led to writing the Mayan Queens’ series called The Mists of Palenque. This 4-book series—each book stands alone—tells the stories of powerful women who shaped the destinies of their people as rulers themselves, or wives of rulers. These remarkable Mayan women are unknown to most readers. Using extensive research and field study, Martin aspires to depict ancient Palenque authentically and make these amazing Mayan Queens accessible to a wide readership.
Presently Dr. Martin lives with her husband David Gortner and two white cats in Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country, where she enjoys reading, gardening, nature walks, classical music, and wine tasting.
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