One of the most eye opening, intense, and enjoyable books I’ve ever read. Recommended to me by my grandmother, a devout conservative catholic, I was almost shocked she’d read such an intense book (go grandma!). Gary Jennings spent over a decade researching the Aztec culture and created this non-fiction based fictional story about a culture so incredible different from our own, and yet even more cultured in some ways. The story follows an Aztec man who’s captured by the Spanish Inquisition and regales his life story from pauper to prince. Prepare yourself for a journey of intense and bazaar sexual acts, lavish environments, bloody sacrifices, and an opportunity to go beyond your comfort zone and into a different world that’s not all that far away.