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The Mayan Red Queen is Here!


DD_Red Queen FinalThe Mayan Red Queen: Tz’aakb’u Ahau of Palenque

Mists of Palenque Series – Book 3.

Ancient Mayan civilization comes alive in historical fiction.

Maya ruins restored to their glory in Palenque (Lakam Ha).

Just published as ebook on Amazon.

Book 3 in the series about Mayan Queens.

In the third Mayan Queens book, the ancient Mayan city of Lakam Ha (Palenque) has a new young ruler, K’inich Janaab Pakal.

K'inich Janaab Pakal Ruler of Palenque 615-683 CE Portrait carved in limestone

K’inich Janaab Pakal
Ruler of Palenque 615-683 CE
Portrait carved in limestone

His mother and prior ruler, Sak K’uk, carefully selects his wife (the Red Queen) to avoid being displaced in Pakal’s affections. Lalak is a shy and homely young woman from a small city who relates better to animals than people. She is chosen as Pakal’s wife because of her pristine lineage, but also because she is no beauty. Arriving at the main city of the region, Lalak is overwhelmed by its sophisticated, complex society and the expectations of the royal court. Her mother-in-law is critical and hostile, conferring an official name on Lalak that reveals her view of the girl as a breeder of future rulers: Tz’aakb’u Ahau, the Accumulator of Lords who sets in place the royal succession. Lalak struggles to learn her new role and prove her worth; soon discovering that she also must fight to win Pakal’s love. He is still smitten with a beautiful woman who has

Tz'aakb'u Ahau The Red Queen Wife of Pakal, called Lalak in this story

Tz’aakb’u Ahau
The Red Queen
Wife of Pakal, called Lalak in this story

been banished from the city by his mother. Simmering conflict and tragic losses besiege their relationship, until Lalak is compelled to claim her rightful place. She envisions how she can play a pivotal role in Pakal’s mission to restore the spiritual portal to the Gods that had been destroyed in a devastating attack. Through learning sexual alchemy, Lalak brings the immense creative force of sacred union to give rebirth to the portal. But first, Pakal must come to view his wife in a new light.


Modern archeologist Francesca, ten years after discovery of the Red Queen’s tomb, continues her research on the mysterious crimson skeleton found in a temple adjacent to Pakal’s burial pyramid at Palenque. She teams up with British linguist Charlie to decipher an ancient manuscript left by her Mayan grandmother. It gives clues about family secrets that impel them to explore what a remote Mayan village can reveal.

I’ve been working on this book for over one year. It’s really gratifying to have it published,

Leonide Martin Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico

Leonide Martin
Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico

since I think it may be the best yet in the series. But, how can a “mom” give preference to one “child?” In truth, I love them all and believe they tell rich and compelling stories about these powerful Mayan women who shaped their people’s destinies. Very few except Maya experts know about them, so I’m hoping that my books bring them to the attention of a wider readership. Of the four “queens” in this series, two were rulers in their own right, and two were the wives of rulers. They were all in the lineage of K’inich Janaab Pakal, the most famous of Maya rulers whose incredibly rich tomb has been compared to that of Egypt’s King Tut. — Leonide Martin



Lakam Ha (Palenque) as it appeared in 650-750 CE Original source National Geographic

Lakam Ha (Palenque) as it appeared in 650-750 CE
Original source National Geographic

I hope you will read The Mayan Red Queen. It will take you deeply into the world of the ancient Mayas during the height of their civilization, set in the most mysterious and beautiful city of the Classic Period. You will meet fascinating historical figures and follow the unfolding of actual events as Pakal’s dynasty spreads influence in its region and his city gains widespread acclaim as a vortex of artistic expression. You’ll be intrigued by the workings of Mayan shamanism and Lalak’s mastery of sexual alchemy to raise the Jeweled Sky Tree (the sacred portal). And, you’ll experience elegant high court protocol, esoteric Mayan calendar ceremonies, harrowing Underground encounters with Death Lords, and an exquisite love story of the most powerful royal couple in the Americas.


Special introductory price $1.99 until August 20th (normal price $5.99)


Historical fiction fans will also enjoy the first two books of the series, about the grandmother and mother of Pakal. Each story stands alone, but you gain additional richness when you read them in succession.


The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik’nal of Palenque – Book 1


The Controversial Mayan Queen: Sak K’uk of Palenque – Book 2



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