Swallowing the Sun
The first novel in the series "Tales of the Watermasters"
The story of four people ensnared in a power struggle between the priests who call down the rains, the priestesses who serve the mother-goddess, and the men who make everything work.
For a thousand years, the People of Two Rivers were masters of their desert valley. They built multistory adobe-walled temples, massive platform mounds topped with mysterious buildings, astronomical observatories, and extensive canal systems with which to water their fields. And then their world was threatened from without and within. Those days of calamity begin in Swallowing the Sun, a story of prehistoric intrigue, sacrifice, and betrayal based on archaeological research.