Servant of the Underworld

by Aliette de Bodard

The first book in the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood

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

My Take

I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t a murder mystery in the Aztec empire with a priest of the dead as investigator. Even though that’s part of the book description. Anyway, the whole human god balance idea is intriguing and I can see going back to the Aztec empire. Just not yet. I might have to try one of her other series first.