The Bone Flower Throne (The Bone Flower Trilogy, #1)
Gods, Blood, Magic
A darkness has taken control of Culhuacan, one of the Toltec's most powerful kingdoms. The bloodthirsty sorcerer god Smoking Mirror has sent her patron god—the benevolent Feathered Serpent–into exile, but the Feathered Serpent is determined not only to regain his sacred city, but also to end human sacrifice all together.
Princess Quetzalpetlatl barely escaped Culhuacan with her life, but when the Feathered Serpent tasks her with helping his mortal son Topiltzin fulfill his divine mandate, she eagerly embraces her destiny. Finally she can avenge her father's murder at the hands of the Smoking Mirror's high priest, and return home.
Yet the price for involving herself in a war among the gods is high, paid in blood and loss. But for Topiltzin—who's more than just a brother to her—she's willing to do anything. Even sacrifice her own heart.
"A wonderfully immersive look at the Tolteca civilization, which brings to life the old myths-giving voice to a strong cast of characters who linger with the reader long after they have closed the book." - Aliette de Bodard, 2013 Nebula winning author of Immersion
"Morganfield delivers an elegant tale of love and honor, passion and betrayal ... a fascinating journey through the tangled webs of rivalry and betrayal that surround a royal family in the world of the ancient Toltecs." - J. Kathleen Cheney, author of The Golden City