Servant of the Underworld

Servant of the Underworld

by Aliette de Bodard

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Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard

The first book in the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy:

Year One-Knife, Tenochtitlan the capital of the Aztecs. Human sacrifice and the magic of the living blood are the only things keeping the sun in the sky and the earth fertile.

A Priestess disappears from an empty room drenched in blood. It should be a usual investigation for Acatl, High Priest of the Dead--except that his estranged brother is involved, and the the more he digs, the deeper he is drawn into the political and magical intrigues of noblemen, soldiers, and priests-and of the gods themselves...


‘ gripping mystery steeped in blood and ancient Aztec magic. I was enthralled.’ — Sean Williams

‘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

‘Amid the mud and maize of the Mexica empire, Aliette de Bodard has composed a riveting story of murder, magic and sibling rivalry.’ — Elizabeth Bear

‘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: 9781625671646
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Series: Obsidian and Blood , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 57,927
File size: 706 KB

About the Author

Aliette de Bodard is a half-French, half-Vietnamese computer and history geek who lives in Paris. In her spare time, she writes speculative fiction. Her short stories have appeared in many venues, including Asimov's, Interzone and the Year's Best Science Fiction. She has a special interest in non-Western civilisations, particularly Ancient Vietnam, Ancient China and Ancient Mesoamerica.

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Servant of the Underworld (Obsidian and Blood Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
jazper More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I was a little skeptical at first, but very quickly got hooked on the story and fell in love with the character of Acatl! I, unlike a previous reviewer, enjoyed all the Aztec names! They are very beautiful! I am already devouring the second book and highly recommend this to anyone, it is semi-historical, religious, and supernatural AND it is a mystery novel... You just cannot be bored with this series.
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Czechboy More than 1 year ago
So far there are three books in this series. This book is a really good beginning. I've always been drawn to stories about the early Indian civilizations of the Americas. This book had the right amount of fact mixed with adventure. Half the fun of reading books like these is that you can't help but learn about these cultures just by enjoying the books.
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Indy25 More than 1 year ago
This is a classic 'who done it?" tale set in world of the Aztecs. I appreciate the author's willingness to research and bring to life a people that we do not normally see fiction about. Even so, there are innate problems with such. 1. The names. I have the nook version, which probably does the book a disservice because the name glossary shoved at the end would have been quite nice for me to look at throughout the story. I didn't realize it was there, and consequently, the cast of characters became a bit overwhelming at times. While I realize you can have names like "Sally" or "John," I quite frustrating with Chinoxichablahblahblah names and not being sure how to pronounce them. Minor concern in the scheme of things, I suppose. 2. You actually learn the culprit of the crime fairly early on, so I was a bit bored. 3.There is a heavy reliance on the supernatural to carry the story. That's all fine and good, but when I purchase historical fiction (which is what this title popped up under when I was searching), I would prefer to see it more historically, rather than mythologically rooted. Makes the crime more provocative. At the end of the day, I did enjoy this book and recommend it. The protagonist Acatl felt real. The book was well-written and worth reading if only to expand your literary repertoire to a non-European location and people.
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