There’s a rebellion stirring in the jungle village of Ppentaca. Totec, a former slave, has cultivated a force of 500 warriors. He intends to invade the Feathered Kingdom in the valley and ignite a slave rebellion in the capital city of Ocochac, where the slaves outnumber their masters. But first they must slay a child to win the favor of the gods. Ixmal, Totec’s son, tries to stop the blood ritual, creating a chain of events that will reach Biblical proportions.
Set in an ancient, magical land, this fable draws upon the myths, cultures and languages of the indigenous peoples of the Americas to create a world unlike any other. Not only is Love Thief, the Legend of Ixmal the Healer, a story of rebellion and exile, it is also a quest that reflects the journey of all mortals. Ultimately, it is a love story that manifests itself in the flesh as well as the divine. Its message is one for the ages. Live Ixmal’s journey and you may see the world in a different light after you experience the climatic end.
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY… Deep in the highland jungles of Chiapas, Mexico, stood Palenque, a classic Mayan ceremonial center. Among the ball court, observatory, and Temple of the Moon rose the Temple of Inscriptions, a nine-tier pyramid. Many times I walked the steps that led into the bowels of the pyramid. In the tomb at the bottom, I would gaze at the glyphs on the slab that once covered the remains of a six-foot man with a jade mask. Carved into the stone was the image of a Mayan warrior, perhaps a king, going from this world to the next. He flew toward a flowering cross that connected all things: life and death, sky, earth and the underworld.
Who was this man? What was his story? The end of the saga came to me one warm afternoon as I was perched atop the pyramid, a vision so pure it brought tears to my eyes. Now all I had to do was write the story to get to that ending. The task would take many years and rewrites.