The Stories of Four Ancient Mayan Queens
By Leonide Martin
Four amazing queens in the Palenque dynasty are brought to life in this historical fiction series. Each queen’s story is told in her own book, through successive generations. Each book stands alone; read them in any sequence. Themes continue from one life to another, but each story is unique with its own characters and plot.
Set in Palenque (ancient Lakam Ha) during the Maya Classic period (250-900 CE), a breath-taking site in the Chiapas mountains of southern Mexico.
Thousands of hours of meticulous research provide an unparalleled feeling of “being there” as you read about these fascinating, powerful women.
The stories of these remarkable women, two rulers and two wives of rulers, lay buried for centuries under crumbling ruins lost in misty tropical jungles in southern Mexico. As Europe entered the Dark Ages, the brilliant Mayan civilization across a vast ocean was ascending. The illustrious Bahlam dynasty of Palenque, descended from the Primordial Mother Goddess, began spreading its influence. But trouble brewed when the direct male lineage had no heir. Contending nobles threatened to overthrow them, and it was up to the only daughter of the last Bahlam ruler to preserve her family’s throne, and set in motion the succession of powerful women who shaped their people’s destiny.
Book 1 – The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik’nal of Palenque is the story of the first Mayan woman who ruled in her own right. Her visionary powers would save or destroy her city, end or preserve her lineage. At the height of Maya civilization, an exceptional woman faces her destiny amid intrigue and conflict, seeking balance between love and duty. (February 2014)
Book 2 – The Controversial Mayan Queen: Sak K’uk of Palenque continues the saga as the strong-willed daughter of Yohl Ik’nal steers her city through devastating enemy attack and spiritual crisis as their portal to the gods collapses. Sak K’uk must invoke powers of the Primordial Goddess to overcome opposition, accede and hold the throne until her son Pakal is old enough to rule. (June 2014)
Book 3 – The Mayan Red Queen: Tz’aakb’u Ahau of Palenque portrays the wife of Pakal, later called “The Mayan Red Queen.” Shy, homely Lalak is overwhelmed by Palenque’s royal court and her mother-in-law’s hostility. She struggles to find her place and win Pakal’s love, using sexual alchemy to help him restore the spiritual portal as he brings his city to creative and artistic heights. (August 2015)
Book 4 – The Prophetic Mayan Queen: K’inuuw Mat of Palenque is the story of K’inuuw Mat, who is devoted to Goddess Ix Chel, but accepts her destiny to marry Pakal’s youngest son and produce the dynastic heir. She does not anticipate an irresistible attraction to his oldest brother or the immense mandate to preserve Maya wisdom as their culture goes into the decline that she prophesizes. (anticipated June 2016)
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The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik’nal of Palenque
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Author, Maya researcher, Solar Initiate and Maya Fire Woman in the Itza Maya tradition.
The ancient Mayan civilization captivated me some years ago. After my first trip to Maya ruins in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico, there was no question that I had a mandate to study and write about their highly advanced culture and astonishing cosmology. It took intense research as well as apprenticeship with indigenous elders to equip me for writing authentically about them. My books bring ancient Mayan culture to life, and relate the saga of rediscovery as archaeologists and adventurers braved dangerous terrain and diseases to uncover cities of stone deep in tropical jungles.
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