Deep in the jungle, while drums pound and men dance to keep the evil gods of the Underworld at bay for the five days of the Wayeb, a baby is born. Her birth sends a ripple across the land, alerting Satal, the black witch of Mayapán, of the existence of a new rival.
Fearful of the taint that clings to Na’om’s fateful birth, the villagers of Pa nimá shun this child of the Wayeb. She lives her life as an outcast, more comfortable hidden in the liana vines with her pet jaguar, Ek’ Balam, than near her neighbors. With the help of her grandmother and the tribe’s shaman, Na’om struggles to understand the fearful dreams and visions that have plagued her since birth.
When these dreams turn into living nightmares, will Na’om have the strength to confront the powerful adversary who threatens her life and the lives of those she holds dear?

Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated with history. I have always yearned to learn about the past, which led me to study the Classics. However, it is not only the Renaissance period I adore, but the Early Maya Period dating between 1800 BC to AD 250. This period in time, and Maya civilization, in general, are two things that have always fascinated me. It is because there is still so much to be learned, as this century is shrouded in so much secrecy, which further intensifies my intrigue. Born in the Wayeb is a historical fiction novel revolving around the Maya period, which takes an in-depth and intricate look into the Mayan way of life, so of course I was always destined to love this story because I love the world of the Mayans so much! Lee E. Cart is the author of Born in the Wayeb, and already I have to applaud her for her flawless ability to bring such a fantastic story to life, as well as being creative and original with writing a Mayan-based story as these are very hard to come by in the world of literature today.

Born in the Wayeb is a fictionalized story set amongst a group of Mayan villagers in the village of Pa nimá. In Pa nimá, a new baby has been born, but Satal, a black witch, is not happy as the new baby girl is a potential rival, and so the baby’s life is already in danger. The villagers fear Satal’s wrath, and so the baby girl Na’om is shunned from the local village and forced to live amongst the vines with a jaguar she has grown fond of. However, Na’om is special and destined for more; she has been plagued with dreams and visions since she was a young girl, but they seem to be intensifying. Soon, Na’om must go on a journey to find out what they mean and confront somebody she is destined to, and this, book lovers, is the premise of this sensational book.

The story of Born in the Wayeb is one that astounded me on more than one occasion. This is thanks to the exceptional, original tale, flawless writing courtesy of Lee E. Cart, and phenomenal characterization of Na’om. All three of these things have made Born in the Wayeb a stand-out novel for me and a story that I would love to read again thanks to its entertaining, addictive nature. As I read this book, I honestly felt like somebody else was turning the pages for me; it was like the book had leapt out of itself and compelled me to turn them, and this was an incredible, almost intoxicating feeling. Never before have I been so addicted to a story, but the fact that the premise of this book is so unique and exceptional meant that I was just that… addicted.

Lee E. Cart is the author of the excellent Born in the Wayeb, and already I have to praise her on her flawless talent at writing and her brilliant, well-rounded and developed story. With historical fiction and fantasy, there needs to be depth and backstory and Cart provides both of these things in the most entertaining of ways. The descriptions in Cart’s words alone are breathtaking and genuinely stunned me on more than one occasion; the descriptions of the places, and in particular, the stunning jaguar were mesmerizing, and so I have to praise her on this exceptional talent of hers.

As the story of Born in the Wayeb is highly addictive, entertaining, and moving, I have no choice but to award this stunning book a dazzling Five Stars. If you are a reader who loves getting lost in unique worlds, while being educated and enthralled, then Born in the Wayeb is not to be missed!

Thank you so much for reading, book lovers! I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Born in the Wayeb; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book.

Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Goodreads 

Lee E. Cart: Website / Publisher / Facebook

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Aimee Ann,
This title caught my attention after reading a great story on a story telling platform that carries a variety of titles and genres. Unexpectedly, I now have a new appreciation for titles capturing the great stories of the Native peoples of the America’s. Thank you for sharing, adding this to my list!

Thank you so much for your kind comment! I am glad this title appeals to you. It is fantastic!


HI Diann,
I’m glad you’re discovering new stories that are centered around the Americas–the whole region has a long and fascinating history, one that Americans don’t often learn about in school as we are so European-centric in this country. The Native Americans, Mayans and other S. American cultures were as advanced or more so than their contemporaries in Europe. The Mayans, like the Japanese, were horrified when the Spanish arrived, as they were so dirty and never bathed. The Mayans enjoyed hot saunas or steam baths and took sponge baths often. The Aztecs, often portrayed as so barbaric because of their blood sacrifices, had public outhouses on the many causeways that led to the ancient city where Mexico City is now built. Once you dive into these cultures, you’ll find a lifetime of things to learn.

Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to exploring this more!


Hi Aimee,
I’m so glad you liked my book! I had a fun time writing it and learned a lot about the Mayans while doing tons of research for it. My childhood was spent in Guadalajara, Mexico during the winters and on the coast of Maine in the summers. I love Mexico and its various cultures; the Mayans have always fascinated me, which is why I chose to write this anthology using their culture as the base for the story. I am also particularly attracted to black jaguars, which is why Ek’ Balam is an important character in the book.
Thanks again for your glowing review. I hope your readers enjoy the book and if they should have any questions on it or wish to discuss it, I’d be happy to connect with them either through my website or on Goodreads. Best, Lee

Thank you for your lovely comment Lee! I love the inspiration behind your novel, it is absolutely incredible and I admit, I am jealous that you got to experience growing up in Mexico! Thank you for sharing this with us.

Readers – Please feel free to ask Lee any questions you may have, she will be happy to answer them!

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