Red Smoking Mirror

Nick Hunt

The year is 1521 in the Mexica city of Tenochtitlan. Twenty-nine years earlier, Islamic Spain never fell to the Christians, and Andalus launched a voyage of discovery to the New Maghreb.

For two decades the Jewish merchant Eli Ben Abram, who led the first ships across the sea, has maintained a delicate peace in the Moorish enclave of Moctezuma’s breathtaking capital, assisted by his Nahua wife Malinala. But the emperor has been acting strangely, sacrifices are increasing at the temples, a mysterious sickness is spreading through the city, and there are rumours of a hostile army crossing the sea…

A bravura reimagining of an alternate history, Red Smoking Mirror is a richly written novel of love and fate, of how cultures co-operate and clash, and of how individuals can shape and are shaped by the times they live through.


ISBN: 9781800753211

Published: July 6, 2023


ISBN: 9781800753228

Published: July 6, 2023


Reviews for Red Smoking Mirror

Praise for Nick Hunt:

‘Travel writing in excelsis’ – Jan Morris

‘Nick Hunt has written a glorious book, rich with insight and wit, about walking his way both across and into contemporary Europe’ – Robert Macfarlane

‘A thrilling and gorgeous tale, packed with meteorological wonder’ – Amy Liptrot

‘A beautiful, disquieting book’ – William Atkins

‘Nick Hunt’s bold exploration of our hidden continent makes you fall in wonder with the Earth again. Passionate, learned, surprising and revelatory, this is a journey for our times’ – Kapka Kassabova