I'd like to recommend a book to everyone. I recently finished AZTEC by Gary Jennings, and quite simply, it's one of the best novels I've ever read. In terms of historical fiction it's as ambitious as James Clavell's SHOGUN (and almost as long). Speculative fans should appreciate this one, just for the world-building alone. It's also the only book I've encountered that rivals George Martin in terms of sheer bloody mindedness. Definitely not for those with delicate sensibilities. The Aztec were a brutal people, and so were those that ultimately conquered them. The author doesn't skirt these details. He captures them. Go read it!