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Acts of violence and explicit sex, although implied, are not visible.
It's presented as if this is what the world would be like if the Aztec religion was real - the world would have magic and jealous gods maneuvering for supremacy.
A great book if you like historical fiction, the older the era the better, and fantasy/mythology, and mysteries, and especially all mixed together.
Likely 3.5 stars.
This is a historical fantasy thriller refreshingly set in a non-Eurocentric world. Read more
I used to read fantasy all the time as a kid, but I gradually got bored with it because so much of modern fantasy literature revolves around European culture. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Barbara J. Toperzer
SERVANT OF THE UNDERWORLD, the first novel in Aliette De Bodard's Obsidian & Blood Trilogy, is a highly original and very entertaining story set in the time of the Aztecs and (with... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kennedy Brandt
I was pleasantly surprised by Servant of the Underworld. It's both a fantasy novel and a mystery novel, and it handles the two genres well. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shepen
Aliette de Bodard has passed the Angry Robot Test--mix genres, shake but do not stir--by writing an intimate, well-crafted, mystery that fits squarely within the strictures of an... Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by Keith W. Harvey
I like a mystery occasionally, and someone on my social media mentioned that this was on their list of books to read because it was set in a very non-western world. Read morePublished on February 22, 2012 by H Waterhouse
This murder mystery set in the Aztec empire reads quickly, and it's refreshing to encounter such a unique setting, where blood rituals, human or animal sacrifice, and slavery are... Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by Scott Kennedy
I picked this book up before a stint of travel hoping it would at least keep me occupied in the airport. I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by Linnea