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For Esteban it was all a glorious adventure until that moment when he held in this hand a peace of the gleaming metal and for the first time felt its awful alchemy. As one city after another Chicilticale, Hawikuh, Nexpan City of the Abyss, Tawhi the city of the Clouds -- is conquered by the conquistadors in their search for the shining hoard, this alchemy seizes upon the expedition until all is sacrificed to the lust for gold -- blood, honor, sanity -- life itself. But even as Esteban survives the hardship of mountains and desert, the evil of ruthless men, so does he make his way across the country of the mind. The two journeys follow parallel courses, and for each it seems that a maker of maps, no matter what his skill with cross staff and astrolabe or knowledge of the stars, still needs a guide to find his way.
In this deeply affecting novel Scott O'Dell envelops the reader in the heroic world of the conquistadors -- a world that is at once somber and many-colored. Ruthless they may have been, these steel-helmeted you men of Spain, but they lived their lives on the very edge of eternity with style and uncommon courage. Recommended for ages 12 and up. A 1967 Newbery Honor book.
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1966
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.75 X 1 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
"The writing is subtly beautiful, often moving, and says more than may be caught in one reading." Horn Book Guide
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