The Controversial Mayan Queen: Sak K’uk of Palenque

The strong-willed daughter of Yohl Ik’nal (first Mayan woman ruler) steers her city through devastating enemy attack and spiritual crisis as their portal to the gods collapses. Sak K’uk must invoke powers of the Primordial Goddess to overcome opposition, accede and hold the throne for her son.


BOOK 2 – MISTS OF PALENQUE SERIES: Strong-willed Sak K’uk, daughter of Yohl Ik’nal, guides her city through devastation following enemy attack. She faces dissident nobles and spiritual crisis caused by destruction of the portal to the Gods. Undertaking a perilous Underworld journey, she invokes powers of the Primordial Mother Goddess to help her accede and hold the throne for her son, Janaab Pakal. His destiny is to restore the portal, and their intense trials forge a special bond between them that proves both a blessing and a curse.

In modern times archeologist Francesca continues her quest to uncover the identity of the crimson skeleton found by her team at Palenque. She is also perplexed by her grandmother’s cryptic message to discover her true self by listening to the lightning in her blood.


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Leonide (Lennie) Martin: Retired California State University professor, former Family Nurse Practitioner, currently author and Maya researcher. My books bring ancient Maya culture and civilization to life in stories about both real historical Mayas and fictional characters. For historical accuracy, I researched Maya archeology, anthropology and history from the scientific perspective. For indigenous viewpoints, I studied with Maya teachers including Aum Rak Sapper, Guatemalan Priestess-Daykeeper and Hunbatz Men, Itza Maya Elder-Daykeeper. I lived in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico for five years to apprentice with Hunbatz Men, becoming a Solar Initiate and Maya Fire Woman in the Itza Maya tradition. The ancient Mayas created the most highly advanced civilization in the Western hemisphere, and my work is dedicated to their wisdom, spirituality, scientific and cultural accomplishments through compelling historical novels. For more information about my writing and the Mayas, visit:

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