I’ve always been fascinated by tales like The Once and Future King, where the great King Arthur would someday return to fight for right once more. Many cultures have similar beliefs with the core hope that someday, somehow, a savior will return when the world needs him the most.
Some Maya still believe that Great Feathered Serpent will return one day. He was known by many names across Mesoamerica: Kukulkan, War Serpent, Quetzalcoatl. His cult might have started at Chich’en Itza, but it spread through the ages and across the land to Guatemala and Mexico.
Some say he might return at the supposed end of the age, December 21, 2012. Some say he was a god–part quetzal and part serpent/dragon. Some say he was a man, likely a ruler or priest of Chich’en Itza, who was later confused with the god.
In The Bloodgate Warrior, I say he’s something else entirely. He’s returning, all right, but only if one woman can open the Bloodgate and bring him through to our world.
Of course Chich’en Itza plays an important part in this story, although Cassie has to go to Guatemala first to find her legendary warrior. El Castillo, Kukulkan’s Pyramid, stands as a reminder of his great legend and the promise of his return.
Someday I’ll climb those steep steps and enter the temple, perched at the top of the world.
Such power must linger in that place.
Power that Cassie gives her warrior in a smoking hot ritual on top of that pyramid.
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