Itzalku: The Pipil Saga
MILTON MANRIQUE JUAREZ, author
Long gone are the monuments and the traditions of the people. Long gone are the sacrifices and ceremonial offerings to the old gods. Most Mesoamericans have either been killed or enslaved, and Spain owns the land. Now, there are too few Indians left that still remember their rich culture and even less that keep the traditions alive. Many great civilizations have been lost. Among them are the Chaneques of southern Mexico; child-sized beings that are able to enchant humans by a mere touch. The Chaneques guarded the magic secrets of the gods and protected their existence. It is also said that they stole children and befuddle the grownups. There are many witnesses who claim to have seen and spoken to them. A traveling family from western Cuscatl'n is about to find out if the legends are true. Follow young Itzcuauhtzin and his younger sister X'chitl, who are about to find out one of the biggest secrets in Mesoamerican history. When their younger siblings and mother are taken, Itzcuauhtzin must follow their captors deep into the mountains in the hopes of rescuing his family. The young warrior wasn't expecting to discover the secrets of his humble people.