In the book, The Goldsmith' Daughter by Tanya Landman, fourteen year old Itacate lives in Tenochtitlan, at the heart of the Aztec Empire. Ruled my the emperor Montezuma and blessed by the gods, the city thrives, but Itacate lives in fear, for it has been predicated that she will bring ruin to those around her. When her father, a goldsmith, discovers Itacate's talent for crafting fine jewelry and statues, she becomes his apprentice, even though the profession is forbidden to women. Her skillful work is soon noticed, and when it attracts the attention of the emperor, Itacate finds herself playing a dangerous game of deception. But nothing is staying the same in Tenochtitlan, as the rumors of pale strangers approaching the city cause fearful acts. Itacate wonders if her the prophesy foretold at her birth is coming true. With her heart full of fear, especially for her family's safety, how can Itacate live through it all?
I truly loved this book, from the moment it begun. Every page is filled with so many enticing details that the author included, and made the book all the better. The way the author writes makes you think you yourself are in the bustling city of Tenochtitlan. There was not any graphic writing or inappropriate context that would make the book more belonging to the young adult category. I give it ten out of ten stars, and I highly suggest this book to anyone who wants to read a good, suspenseful story from the ancient past.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Fortuna, CA USA