Anacaona: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490 (The Royal Diaries)
After her coming of age ceremony, the cacique (ruler) of Maguana, CaonabÃ³, expresses his interest in marrying her. Should she accept? Being a ruler and being the wife of a ruler are two different things. Anacaona has feelings for CaonabÃ³, but is she willing to leave her beloved XaraguÃ¡? Anacaona chooses to marry CaonabÃ³, leaving the leadership of the XaraguÃ¡ to Behechio. Anacaona must adjust to life in Maguana; she is happy with her new life, and soon has a daughter which Anacana and her husband names Higuamota.
Just as everything seems to be going smoothly, there is news of “pale men” in another region. Are they threats or just spirits? Whoever they are, the lives of the TaÃno people are changed forever. When these “pale men” frighten TaÃno people with “lightening sticks” and demand more and more gold, Anacaona, CaonabÃ³, and Manicaotex take action. Anacaona, CaonabÃ³, Manicaotex and their warriors must use wits to defeat the “pale men” who have superior technology and weapons. But will they succeed? And if they do, how long will their victory last? Can Anacaona and the TaÃno people avoid the “pale men” for long? Read this Royal Diary to find out!
The Royal Diaries: Anacaona, was pretty good and quite interesting. It gives readers a snapshot of life in Haiti before the 1500’s. Anacaona is a brave, compassionate, and strong figure that her people admire. The author does a good job bringing this part of Anacaona’s life alive. If you liked other books in The Royal Diaries series, you may enjoy this one. However, this addition to the Royal Diaries series has some violence and graphical scenes—I wouldn’t recommend it to younger readers.
The story takes place in Haiti in the 1490's. The main character, of course, is Anacaona. She, along with her brother Behechio are to be chosen either cacia or cacique by their uncle. Anacaona tells about her everday life in her personal "journal". She is always full of concern about her people. Though she is married off to Chief Canonabo` later in the book, she still has her new people's best interest at heart. This is why Anacaona grew to be a great leader. Even though she had an early death, her life was still intriguing. Anyone who is a big fan of this series should read this book.