Hello, Don’tRead Faithful! Here to bring you something a little different is my wife, Julie. The Bone Flower Throne is written by T.L. Morganfield. Love the cover art on this one!
THE BOOK: The Bone Flower Throne is a historical fantasy that takes place in tenth century Mexico. The story is inspired by the mythologized figure Topiltzin and centers primarily around the life of his sister, Quetzalpetlatl.
WHY I PICKED IT UP: My husband recommended it to me. He hasn’t read it himself but he heard about it through the interwebs and thought it sounded like something I would enjoy reading.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT IT: Overall I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The fact that it’s a historical novel about tenth century Mexico is pretty unique in today’s market and it’s clear that the author has done her research on the period over the course of the narrative. That being said, this is tenth century Mexico so expect some human sacrifice, a bit of incest, and ritual bloodletting. Apparently quite a few people on Goodreads were shocked and appalled to find these things in the book…but hey, it is tenth century Mexico and despite being partly a fantasy these are things that did occur in that culture at the time. I don’t know what everybody else expects from their historical novels but personally I like it when authors don’t gloss over the gritty side of things.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER: It didn’t happen often but there were several occasions where the dialogue kind of broke the fourth wall for me. Every now and then the characters just don’t sound like they belong in the era. Also, in the beginning of the book during Quetzalpatlatl’s childhood her characterization could be better. While princesses in general are not usually easy to relate to, she’s just not a very believable child. Once the narrative reaches her teen and adult years however the characterization feels more on target.