THE WELL OF SACRIFICE is a middle grade historical adventure set in ninth century Guatemala. Kirkus Reviews called The Well of Sacrifice, “[An] engrossing first novel….Eboch crafts an exciting narrative with a richly textured depiction of ancient Mayan society….The novel shines not only for a faithful recreation of an unfamiliar, ancient world, but also for the introduction of a brave, likable and determined heroine.” The Well of Sacrifice is used in many schools.
Chris gives an overview of the book:
I awoke in silence and darkness. When the pounding in my head had receded to a dull thud, I felt around me. I was still in the burial chamber. I steadied myself on the coffin as I rose. The stone slab now covered the top. Through the communication duct I could hear a faint wailing, the voices of a thousand mourners in the plaza. My mother would be among them.
I knew I could never move the stone blocking the entrance. Anyway, the stairway would be filled with rubble. Still, I pushed against it with all my force. Nothing....
I would never get out of that temple on my own....I held my knife in my open hand. The blade was now worn and chipped, pale limestone dirt marring the shiny blackness, but it would still pierce my flesh easily. I closed my fingers around it.
A small voice inside me said, "No. Not yet." I let my shaking arm drop to my side. While I could breathe, I would fight. And I would find a way to punish Great Skull Zero.
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