Book Review: Chronicle of the Mound Builders by: Elle Marie

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: CreateSpace

Publish Date: October 29, 2012

Origins: From Blog Tour for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

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Synopsis: Archaeologist Dr. Angela Hunter discovers an ancient codex at a Mississippian Indian dig site in the St. Louis area. Knowing the Mississippians, or Mound Builders, had no written language, she is determined to solve the mystery of the 700-year-old, perfectly preserved codex.

In the early 1300’s, an Aztec family is torn apart. A judge rebelling against the Aztec tradition of human sacrifice is cursed and escapes his enemies with his 12-year-old son. They travel from the Gulf of Mexico up the Mississippi River to settle in the thriving community of Migaduha, modern-day Cahokia Mounds, Illinois.

Angela recognizes the symbols as Aztec pictograms and begins to translate the story. However, other forces also want the codex and will do anything to get it. Can she learn the secrets of the chronicle before the tragic events of the past are repeated today?

Review: Angela Hunter is an archaeologist working on a dig in the Cahokia Mounds. When a beautiful jar with a birdman etched on it is found, Angela is given the jar to date and open. When she and her father, fellow archaeologist Peter Hunter, open the jar they find a codex. The codex, as Angela learns when she is translating it, is the story of an Aztec family who had to endure much to stop an evil so great it decimated an entire civilization. Yet, there are forces at work which strive to stop Angela as she gets ever closer to the truth…

‘Chronicle of the Mound Builders’ was a fascinating story told fully in two times – the present, with Angela and Joseph, and the past, with Tototl and Chipahua. I felt the details we learned through Tototl and Chipahua’s struggle against an evil nahualli (or priest), Ichtaca, gave enormous depth and realism to the story. I think if we only had the story as told through the codex as Angela translated it, we wouldn’t have as rich an understanding of the evil which threatens the present day. As the past and present collide, the action picks up and you’re waiting breathlessly to see what happens next! I was instantly caught up in the story which is a testament to the astounding amount of research the author did. ‘Chronicle of the Mound Builders’ is a spellbinding tale!


  1. I agree! It's clear the author did a lot of research and it makes the book fascinating because of it. A great read!


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