Briggs’ debut novel, Five Dances with Death is an amazing historical fantasy set in the time of the Aztec nation. Angry Wasp is fighting to keep his family and his small Aztec nation alive. The story starts on the basis of family who losers their daughter and the extremes they go through to her get back while doing with many situations around them. Angry Wasp’s wife turns to sorcery, they defy their king, and also the Spaniards just landed on their shores. Angry Wasp must use his military strategy to try to overcome all these matters while trying to keep his family safe. Briggs’ really did his research and it shows while reading the book, you feel like you were back into that time and even reminded me of the movie, Apocalypto. Angry Wasp encounters many struggles that he has to face not only for his family, but his people. Briggs’ takes you on a journey with the character and has you dive in head first. Those who love historical fantasy will enjoy this book as much as I did. Briggs’ is an author to keep on your reading lists!
He has always been obsessed with learning about other cultures; in addition to his time in the lands that were once occupied by the Aztec peoples, he has also lived in Russia, Japan, England, Switzerland, Cambodia, Lithuania, and Uzbekistan.
He has been a soldier in the army, an officer in the United Nations, and a global manager in a Fortune 10 company. He has been both a local and an outsider, a member of the majority and of a minority, which he feels makes him able to write from the perspective of multiple characters, all of whom have various levels of status and acceptance in their world.
We’re often told that history is written by the winners. His stories are told from the perspective of those who lost — though they went down fighting.
His fascination with the Aztec Empire during the time of the Spanish Conquest began because he is intrigued by the idea of a society that is about to lose itself entirely. He wanted to show how difficult and painful — and sometimes strangely inspiring — that process can be.
About the Book: In the days before the Conquistadors, Angry Wasp is fighting to keep his family and his small Aztec nation alive.
Slavers have kidnapped his daughter. His wife has turned to powerful sorcery. His people have challenged Montezuma’s dominance and now face extinction. And the Spaniards have begun their march inland.