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Rumor has it on the streets of sixteenth-century New Spain, there’s a new vigilante in town serving justice. This reimagining of Zorro—featuring a heroic warrior sorceress—weaves Mesoamerican mythology and Mexican history two decades after the Spanish conquest into a swashbuckling, historical debut fantasy with magic, intrigue, treachery, and romance.


In sixteenth-century New Spain, witchcraft is punishable by death, indigenous temples have been destroyed, and tales of mythical creatures that once roamed the land have become whispers in the night. Hidden behind a mask, Pantera uses her magic and legendary swordplay skills to fight the tyranny of Spanish rule.

To all who know her, Leonora de las Casas Tlazohtzin never leaves the palace and is promised to the heir of the Spanish throne. The respectable, law-abiding Lady Leonora faints at the sight of blood and would rather be caught dead than meddle in court affairs.

No one suspects that Leonora and Pantera are the same person. Leonora’s charade is tragically good, and with magic running through her veins, she is nearly invincible. Nearly. Despite her mastery, she is destined to die young in battle, as predicted by a seer.

When an ancient prophecy of destruction threatens to come true, Leonora—and therefore Pantera—is forced to decide: surrender the mask or fight to the end. Knowing she is doomed to a short life, she is tempted to take the former option. But the legendary Pantera is destined for more than an early grave, and once she discovers the truth of her origins, not even death will stop her.


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"A triumphant debut.... Interweaving history, mythology, romance, and swashbuckling action, this is a surefire hit."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"An exhilarating tale of revolution, original magic, and divided loyalties,
Sun of Blood and Ruin is a triumph... Don't miss this one!"
—Ehighbor Okosun, international bestselling author of Forged by Blood
"A bloody, intriguing bildungsroman with a fascinating plunge into the mythology of Mexico’s original inhabitants."
"This book is absolutely amazing, a groundbreaking exploration of what might have been, a dream of what could possibly come to be. A stunning tour de force, from the first to the last page."
—David Bowles, international award-winning author
"This is a world that fantasy readers will want to get lost in."
—Gabriela Romero-Lacruz,
international bestselling author of The Sun and the Void
"A fast-paced, smart historical fantasy... Sun of Blood and Ruin introduces a powerful new voice to the genre."
—Grimdark Magazine
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