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  1. The King's Fifth
    The King's Fifth
    The King's Fifth
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  2. The King's Fifth

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    Price R294.00

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In this deeply affecting novel Scott O’Dell envelops the reader in the heroic world of the conquistadors—a world that is at once somber and many-colored. Though they may have been ruthless, these steel-helmeted young men of Spain lived their lives on the very edge of eternity with style and uncommon courage.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The setting is in New Spain, the area of North America occupied by Spain during the 1500's. The year is 1541, with a young seventeen year old man being held in a small prison cell in a fortress in Vera Cruz. In the opening chapter, we meet Esteban de Sandoval, a cartographer or map maker, as he is being questioned by the jailor, Don Felipe. We immediately learn that Sandoval is being charged with defrauding the King of Spain from his share of one-fifth on a treasure of gold, that Sandoval has hidden in a remote wilderness. Don Felipe is treating him kindly by bringing paper, quills, an inkwell and candle because he wishes for Sandoval to draw him a map of Cibola, the area in which the gold was found, and a map showing the location of where the gold is hidden. By candlelight, Sandoval begins to work on a map from memory, but most importantly, he begins to write his story of what has brought him to this moment. We learn that Sandoval was on a Spanish ship, when he left with a... Read more
Esteban, a young cartographer, is in prison for refusing to give the king a fifth of the gold discovered on an expedition. On the expedition, several of the crew mutiny, hoping to find gold from the seven cities of Cibola. Esteban goes along with them in the hope of being the first to map the area. The search for gold leads to many disappointments and even frustration and anger. Eventually, they steal and get gold from the natives, which leads to many disastrous results, even a skirmish. Eventually, Esteban is the only one who knows where the gold is but due to the evil the gold brought about, he has no wish to go back to the gold or give the king his share. The jailer and prosecutor at Esteban's trial want him to make maps so they can find the gold. Esteban agrees, but insists that with the maps, the gold will never be found. In fact, Esteban claims not even he could find the gold. Eventually, Esteban is sentenced to three years in prison, which he plans to serve and then he will go... Read more
This author takes historical people and events and creates a story to go along with it. My son, who is 12, loves this author so much we have purchased every book written by him. They have kept his attention, and he has reread several. My son's time and energy going into a book instead of an electronic device, can't ask for much more!
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