Incas by A.B. Daniel
Book One: The Puma's Shadow

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A sweeping tale of splendor and savagery unfolds as an ancient Incan civilization is haunted by omens, shaken by civil war, shattered by European conquest...and transformed through the power of destined love.
Since childhood Anamaya has lived as a captive, waiting to learn how and when she will be offered as a sacrifice. But when the dying emperor, Huayna Capec, summons her, she is granted destiny, not death. Her eyes, as blue as the sacred waters of Lake Titicaca, are a powerful sign that she was sent by Quilla, the Moon Goddess, to ensure the emperor's passage to the Other World -- and she is entrusted with the emperor's last words: the secrets of the past and the future of the Incan empire.
Anamaya's new role as guardian of the emperor's Sacred-Double plunges her into the intrigues of Incan politics, the complexities of war...and the passions of a handsome Spanish nobleman, Gabriel Montelucar y Flores -- a stranger marked with the puma, a symbol of Incan spirituality and power. Traveling with the great conquistador Don Francisco Pizarro, Gabriel hungers for grand adventure, exotic wonders, great wealth, and a new life. The entwined fate he discovers with Anamaya will change both of their worlds forever.
 

About A.B. Daniel

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A. B. Daniel is a pseudonym for the new writing team of French novelist Antoine Audouard and Jean-Daniel Baltassat, working with Inca specialist Bertrand Houette. Books in the Inca series have been translated into eighteen languages.
 
Published April 7, 2003 by Simon & Schuster Ltd. 400 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Micay is the daughter of a rebellious tribal chief, seized by the Incas to begin a life of service to them as a ``chosen woman.'' Taken into Cusi's family as his sister's companion, she learns the ways of a healer, while Cusi begins to make a name for himself as a leader and resourceful warrior, ...

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Intrigue, betrayal, warfare and family relationships form the fabric of this absorbing, 1072-page epic of the Inca empire in the two decades preceding the Spanish invasion.

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Orphaned when the Incas decimated her tribe, Anamaya lands in the court of the Emperor Huayna Capac as a childhood companion to his spoiled daughter, Inti Palla.

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Daniel—the pseudonym of French novelists Antonie Audouard and Jean-Daniel Baltassat—continues the saga of Indian princess Anamaya and Spanish nobleman Gabriel Montelucar y Flores in this second volume of the Incas trilogy.

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