Sak K’uk Now Published in Print

Sak K'uk

The Controversial Mayan Queen: Sak K’uk of Palenque.  Book 2, Mists of Palenque Series.

A MOTHER AND SON FIGHT TO PRESERVE THEIR DYNASTY…

Sak K’uk, the strong-willed daughter of Yohl Ik’nal—first Mayan woman ruler—faces rebellious nobles and spiritual crisis in her city following a devastating enemy attack. The sacred portal to the Gods is desecrated, temples and crops destroyed, the ruler killed and the royal family humiliated. With her city in chaos and leaderless, Sak K’uk undertakes a perilous Underworld journey to seek help and encounters the Primordial Mother Goddess, Muwaan Mat.

Invoking the powers of the Goddess to overcome opposition, Sak K’uk accedes and holds the throne for her young son, Pakal. She knows that a Mayan prophecy foretold Pakal’s destiny to become ruler, restore the collapsed portal, and bring Lakam Ha to greatness. The intense trials of mother and son forge a special bond that proves both a blessing and a curse.

Enter the ancient Mayan world of jungle-draped stone cities with soaring pyramids and broad plazas gleaming in the tropical sun. Experience cunning plots and intrigue, shamanic curses, dazzling rituals, and the bizarre Maya Underworld.

Brimming with vibrant detail and extraordinary characters that are seamlessly woven into the historical tapestry, The Controversial Mayan Queen is a rich and captivating treasure told by an astute storyteller.

In a short parallel story, modern archeologist Francesca pursues the identity of a crimson female skeleton found by her team at Palenque, seeking links with the ancient dynasty. Her grandmother gives her a cryptic message to listen to the lightning in her blood and discover her own real identity.

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Burial mask of The Mayan Red Queen

Leonide (Lennie) Martin, retired California State University professor, former Family Nurse Practitioner. Currently author and Maya researcher, my books bring ancient Maya culture to life in historical fiction about real and fictional Maya characters. My books draw upon extensive research of scientific and indigenous perspectives, and are based upon archeological knowledge of Maya sites and historical persons. Apprenticing with Maya elders, I became a Maya Fire Woman and Solar Initiate.

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