I blogged a little about those trips and an inspiring and frightening trip up a Mexican pyramid. You can read a little more about that by clicking here.
The entire time I was walking around the pyramids and down the “Avenue of the Dead” my mind was whirling with ideas. Too many ideas to fit into just one book!
While the pyramid inspired AZTEC GOLD, meeting a young merchant who was selling an assortment of obsidian objects helped to inspire THE FIFTH KINGDOM. You see, somehow I got started in collecting frogs from all my travels and this young man had a frog made of gold obsidian.
I just loved the look of it and while we were chatting, the young man explained about how obsidian, especially pure black obsidian, was actually quite rare to the Aztecs and that’s the reason that many of their sacrificial knives and the like, were made from this precious substance. Obsidian was more prized than gold in fact.
That got me thinking about a relic made with obsidian and also, what kinds of powers such a relic might have!
In THE FIFTH KINGDOM, the ancient relic is discovered in what could be Montezuma’s tomb. Montezuma was not the last of the Aztec rulers, but probably one of the best known. The relic in my novel is based on the Aztec Sun Stone sitting in the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. The original sun stone is about 12 feet in diameter and weighs about 24 metric tons. You can read more about the original here.
The relic in the book is similar in terms of its look, but it is small enough to hold in your hands and made of obsidian (inspired by my frog) and silver on stone. But the obsidian and silver relic is very different from the original in one important way: It has mystical powers which are released once it comes in contact with something very sacred: Blood.
Now I won’t spill about whose blood awakens the energy in the relic or what powers are revealed it because I don’t want to spoil the story for you. Let’s just say that it’s very unexpected. Very. Those of you who have read the book, I ask that you please not spill that really big surprise!
For the Aztecs, the original sun stone was not only a calendar or sorts, but also a way to tell the history of the Aztec people. It tells the story of the four kingdoms of their past history and hints at what might end their fifth kingdom. The fact that some believe we are now living in that FIFTH KINGDOM is what inspired the title of the book.
I’ll leave you with the Aztec Sun Stone and it’s supposed abilities to predict the end of THE FIFTH KINGDOM and also, the video premiere for the novel.
For now I’ll leave you with a question: Do you believe relics and other artifacts can possess unique powers?
For more information on THE FIFTH KINGDOM, please click here.
Caridad Pineiro is the NY Times bestselling author of over twenty-six paranormal romance and romantic suspense novels and novellas. Look for THE FIFTH KINGDOM, a romantic suspense from Carina Press in July 2011 and THE LOST, the first book in the new SIN HUNTERS paranormal romance series in August 2011. Caridad has also done the foreword for OBSESSED: EROTIC ROMANCE FOR WOMEN edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel which will be available in August 2011. Her popular THE CALLING vampire series returns in 2012, but vampire lovers will enjoy A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS (October 2011) which includes Caridad’s novella, WHEN HERALD ANGELS SING. For more information on Caridad, please visit www.caridad.com, follow @CaridadPineiro on Twitter, “Like” Caridad at her Facebook Fan Page or friend her at Goodreads.