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Master of the House of Darts (Obsidian and Blood Series #3)
     

Master of the House of Darts (Obsidian and Blood Series #3)

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by Aliette de Bodard
 

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The year is Three Rabbit, and the storm is coming...

The coronation war for the new Emperor has just ended in a failure, the armies retreating with a mere forty prisoners of war - not near enough sacrifices to ensure the favor of the gods.

When one of those prisoners of war dies of a magical illness, ACATL, High Priest for the Dead, is summoned to investigate.

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The year is Three Rabbit, and the storm is coming...

The coronation war for the new Emperor has just ended in a failure, the armies retreating with a mere forty prisoners of war - not near enough sacrifices to ensure the favor of the gods.

When one of those prisoners of war dies of a magical illness, ACATL, High Priest for the Dead, is summoned to investigate.

File Under: Fantasy [ Magical Murder | Aztec Mystery | Human Sacrifice | The Gods Walk ]

e-book ISBN: 9780857661616

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for "Servant of the Underworld" - the first in the series:

"An Aztec priest of the dead tries to solve a murder mystery, and finds that politics may be even more powerful than magic. A vivid portrayal of an interesting culture in a truly fresh fantasy novel."
- Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Winds of Dune

"A gripping mystery steeped in blood and ancient Aztec magic. I was enthralled."
- Sean Williams

"The world-building is exquisite and we *believe* we are transported to the 15th century Tenotichtlan and together with the superb voice they formed the main reason I enjoyed this book so much... Highly recommended... Ms. de Bodard is a writer to watch."
- Fantasy Book Critic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857661609
Publisher:
Watkins Media
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Series:
Obsidian and Blood Series , #3
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Aliette de Bodard is a writer and computer specialist whose short fiction has already brought her a John W Campbell Award nomination, for best newcomer.

Living in Paris, Aliette is French, of Vietnamese extraction, but she writes exclusively in English. The author lives in Paris, France.

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Master of the House of Darts 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Scott_Kennedy More than 1 year ago
If you want to take a plunge into the bloody realm of the Aztecs as Acatl, High Priest of the Dead, tries to unravel the mystery behind a mysterious illness spreading in the capital, then this book is for you. It's filled with palace politics, ancient gods, costly magic, and growing tension as the plague grows in severity. One particularly nice aspect of reading this book is that it paints a balanced portrait of a highly civilized Aztec society that nonetheless engages in regular human sacrifice as a sacred religious rite. The Aztec medicine presented in the book struck me as remarkably advanced, what with notions of disease contagion and vectors, although my initial bias that the Aztecs wouldn't have conceived of such things seemed groundless after a little research revealed to me how superior their medicine was to Spain's in the following century. Bodard involves the reader in three main characters: Acatl, our high priest PI, his sister, and an heir to the throne with his own agenda. Like many superior mysteries or fantasies (in this case both), Bodard uses a highly involving plot to reveal larger human and societal issues. It's a book that's not only involving while reading, but interesting to ponder after one is finished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago