Death Song of the Dragón Chicxulub awarded Gold Medal for Sci-Fi/Fantasy in Latino Books into Movies Awards
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In this sci-fi/fantasy, coming-of-age novel of kinship and high adventure, college-bound Miguel Reilly summers in rural New Mexico to explore its Mexican and Native American ruins and traditions. But when he sets out to “research” shaman Tomás Martinez as an anthropological subject, Tomás turns the tables, and Miguel’s worldview. Miguel takes the legacy of US and Chicano-Mexicano-Native history to heart, but how much can he act counter to his colonial, White-centered outlook?
Tomás trains Miguel to battle La Muerte Blanca, a dragon-like being that subsists on human hearts and whose early victims may have included the people of present-day Mexico, leading Miguel there, but not before he gets a few more history lessons, some more personal than expected, from the sardonic-yet-mediating, kind-but-straightforward bartender Julio.
While Miguel is new to knowledge of La Muerte Blanca, med student Maritza Magdalena escaped the creature as a teenager and has spent years researching possible attacks and government coverups since. Together, they combat the dragon within Mexico City’s labyrinthine sewers, questioning if there’s one…or more. Maritza brings together expertise from the powerful bruja Blasa, three curanderas who know exactly how to prepare people for otherworldly battle, members of resistance movements, and others. Can Miguel and Maritza both survive descent into cenotes for a final battle? Will Miguel find his true identity and self-worth? And are they running as much from the US and Mexican governments as a supernatural creature?
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