Allende gives the reader a new view of Zorro, beginning her
story with the courtship between an untamable Shoshone warrior and a Spanish
Hidalgo, proud of the purity of his linage.
Their son, Diego, would grow to manhood with a passion for justice and a
willingness to put his life on the line, again and again. Diego has quite the hair raising childhood,
prone to wicked conspiracies to overthrow bullies, sometimes involving the use
of a wild bear. As he grows older, his
opponents become more challenging and more deadly. Sent, as a teenager, from his California home
to Spain he studies, becomes a master at fencing, and matures but remains a
trickster. The story is great fun to
read! It encourages an open mind and the
willingness to stand up for the rights of the oppressed.
A child of two worlds--the son of an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner and a Shoshone warrior woman--young Diego de la Vega cannot silently bear the brutal injustices visited upon the helpless in late-eighteenth-century California. And so a great hero is born--skilled in athleticism and dazzling swordplay, his persona formed between the Old World and the New--the legend known as Zorro.
“This is a full-blooded retelling of the old masked-man legend, and it crackles with action.”
-Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“A tale of adventure, history and romance, just in time for long reads on summer afternoons.”
“Lively and fascinating.”
“Allende is a beguiling storyteller, and Zorro provides a rich palate for her customary embellishments.”
“Equal parts adventure, historical novel and family saga, Zorro is a moving portrait of a hero who is heartbreakingly human.”
“One of those rare and perfect matches of subject and author... Sinfully entertaining ... Serious fiction.”
“Allende’s discreetly subversive talent really shows . . . You turn the pages, cheering on the masked man.”
-Los Angeles Times
“Zorro is great fun . . . A thrilling journey into a world in which cultures clash as often as swords.”
“Wonderfully crafted . . . Allende gives Zorro the feel of a folk or fairy tale.”