The Prophetic Mayan Queen: K’inuuw Mat of Palenque by Leonide Martin
Born to serve Mayan Goddess Ix Chel, K’inuuw Mat is destined instead to marry and continue the Palenque dynasty. Skilled in prophetic arts, her scrying foresees the face of the man with whom she will continue the dynasty. Upon arriving at Palenque, she is shocked to recognize that face as her husband’s oldest brother, Kan Bahlam. The magnetic force of their attraction propels them into forbidden embraces which she resists, until Kan Bahlam designs a bold plan that would solve his inability to produce a son–if he can gain his brother’s cooperation. Set in the zenith of Mayan civilization, royal family conflicts and ambitions play out in a tapestry of brilliant accomplishments in arts and sciences that will astound people of the future. As K’inuuw Mat contends with explosive emotions, she must answer the Goddess’ mandate to preserve Mayan culture for future generations as the decline of their civilization approaches.
Centuries later Maya-Mexican archeologist Francesca, aided by linguist colleague Charlie, seeks answers to family secrets, venturing to a remote village in jungles near Palenque. Facing a hostile shaman, suspicious villagers, snakes and bats, she must reclaim her heritage to learn the truth of her origins.