Travel ancient Peru in these gripping historical novels, from the Inca heartland of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, through Amazon jungle and across deserts to the Nasca lines.

Inca Moon Chronicle I

Table of Contents

I

In which the Events that begin this account Commence without hesitation.

1

II

In which is told a Woeful Tale of circumstance and Murder Foul.

18

III

Of how the Twins were Summoned, and of that which befell them in the Desert Wastes.

25

IV

Of the Micheq, and Perils faced in the Jaws of the Great Speaker.

40

V

In which Qori meets an Old Woman, Lord Achachi becomes Suspect, Qhari is Strangled, and the Hatun Kuraka drinks maize beer with the Apu Panaqa.

57

VI

Of Qori's life in the Convent, the Foolish Tales these Indians tell of their Origins, the Solitary Vice, and of how word arrives from an unexpected quarter.

71

VII

In which Qori has Dance Lessons, is saved by a most Outrageous Lie, eats Roast Guinea Pig with peanut sauce, and Lies again.

86

VIII

In which Unspeakable Sins are confessed, of which Maidens and Youths must not read.

98

IX

In which Qori is judged before the great Ladies of the Empire, and of how the Devil caused these Indians to make Despicable Sacrifices in their Heathen Temples.

107

X

In which a New Life begins, the Dead Feast Together, and too much maize beer is drunk.

121

XI

Concerning the Wedding Night, of which only Married Persons may read, and then of the Hidden Valley, where is met Lord Achachi.

136

XII

In which Qori meets the Empress, Sorcerers Perform, a Disgusting Addiction is spoken of, an old wound is healed, and Horrible Truths are revealed.

153

XIII

Of the Sacred Paths, and a Pagan Rite of womanhood where Qori lies, drinks too much, and deceives Lord Sapaca.

168

XIV

In which a Strange Battle takes place according to the customs of these Indians, and Startling Revelations are laid forth.

180

XV

In which the Hapless Couple is summoned, a Perilous Mission into Lands Unknown is assigned, and the old Warlord laughs.

194

XVI

Of a journey through the clouds to a Forbidding Land, where Death stalks the hunters.

204

XVII

In which Qori meets the Wizard of the East, and is taken to the Spirit World where she is beset by Demons.

214

XVIII

In which Eagle Woman claims her first Victim, the Savage Chief glares, a vile soldiers' oath is spoken, Carnal Temptations descend in the night, Qori lies - which she does so often this scribe will no longer remark upon it - and Lord Atoq gambles.

228

XIX

In which Qori performs a Remarkable but Unseemly Feat, and witnesses the Abominable Vice.

242

XX

Of how the Deceitful and Deadly Arts were practiced by these Indians.

256

XXI

In which Strange Vessels ply the great inland sea, a Secret Council meets, Death roams the night, and Qori learns a new recipe for peanut sauce.

273

XXII

In which is given a Sordid Narrative detailing the manner in which these misguided Indians Sinned Mightily with their bodies, and reveled in Obscene Acts of Lust which no persons of pure heart should read lest they be infected with vile impulses.

288

XXIII

In which a Maiden Foully Murdered is discovered amid the Towers of the Dead, and the howling Phuku Demon attacks.

302

XXIV

Of those who Survived and those who did not, and of Secrets hitherto unknown revealed by Lord Atoq, after which Qori is Punished.

315

XXV

In which the consequences of Abhorrent Conduct are visited upon the sinners, Lord Sapaca drinks maize beer with Lord Wallpaya, and these Indians debase themselves further.

326

XXVI

Of the Heathen Emperor whom these Indians called the Ideal Pattern of All Things, and the Immense Reverence in which he was held, and of how a Great Treachery came to pass.

342

XXVII

In which the Conspirators further ignite their Plot, the drought is ended, maize beer is served, and a Desperate Battle rages with deeds of such Daring and Courage that had it not happened just so it would not be believed.

356

XXVIII

Of how the battle concluded, and then of a Strange Wedding where a summons most ominous arrives.

370

XXIX

In which Qori and Tanta Karwa have audience with the two most Powerful Women in the realm, and Tragedy Descends.

385

XXX

Concerning events at the Temple of Wiraqocha where the prospects of Princess Koka worsen, Qori dresses as a boy, Lord Aquixe receives a False Message, and a Mysterious Man attends Lord Sapaca.

397

XXXI

In which the Fated Meeting comes to pass, and what its outcome was.

414

XXXII

In which matters take startling New Turns, the significance of what has occurred is fully realized, Secrets are Confessed, and previously obscure incidents explained.

426

XXXIII

Of how the matter of Princess Koka came to an end, and what that end was.

445

XXXIV

In which is related a tale so evil and foully perverse that it is Beyond Mortal Comprehension, and should not be read by those of tender disposition.

459

XXXV

In which the True Horror is revealed.

476

XXXVI

Being the concluding part of this Twisted Tale, in which all matters are settled ... almost.

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