In Jaguar Princess, Chanla “Pesh” Pex, descendant of a Maya king, is destined to be a shaman. She learns to read the glyphs carved into the “stone trees” at a ruin in rural Yucatán and wins a scholarship to study archaeology. She wants to join the modern world, but the gods will punish her if she refuses their call to be a shaman; she hopes to fool them by never spending the night in a sacred cave. She finds an ancient Mayan bark-book hidden within a building stone and, while seeking treasure from its riddle, clashes with a knife-wielding looter. After he leaves her to die in a cave, she curses him to death by crocodile and discovers powers she didn’t know she had. Pesh uses her talents as a shaman to trace stolen artifacts to the black market and becomes the Indiana Jones of the Yucatán.
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