Harbinger of the Storm / Aliette de Bodard

Praise for Servant of the Underworld

“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

“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

“I haven’t enjoyed a proper detective story this much in ages, and the rich setting, monsters and magic just added an extra layer of delight.”

- David Devereux

The year is Two House and the Mexica Empire teeters on the brink of destruction, lying vulnerable to the flesh-eating star-demons – and to the return of their creator, a malevolent goddess only held in check by the Protector God’s power.

The council is convening to choose a new emperor, but when a councilman is found dead, only Acatl, High Priest of the Dead, can solve the mystery.

When he hears rumours of a sinister cabal of sorcerors he must face up to demons, not all of them his own.

FILE UNDER: Modern Fantasy [Aztec Gods / Star Demons / Secret Sorcery / Blood Rituals]

Aliette de Bodard is the hottest rising star in world SF and Fantasy, blending ancient crimes with wild imagination. This the sequel to her highly-acclaimed debut novel, Servant of the Underworld.

FILE UNDER: Fantasy [The Aztecs / Locked room mystery / Human sacrifice / Destroy the Gods]

Praise for Harbinger of the Storm

“de Bodard’s writing is polished and striking, as she convincingly fills in the colorful elements of the Aztec culture–even if those colors tend to be of blood and bile as well as flowers and hummingbirds… beautiful, grimy, breathtaking, and morbid. 5 *****”

- Examiner

More praise for Servant of the Underworld…

“A gripping mystery steeped in blood and ancient Aztec magic. I was enthralled.”

Sean Williams

“This is Book 1 in a trilogy and I am eager to get my hands on the next book when it is released.”

- Loudmouth Man

“This book is beautifully written and a pleasure to lose oneself in… Please see for yourself and pick up a copy!”

- Candyman

“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

“Servant of the Underworld is an incredibly strong and promising debut, showing her talents at full effect – she can create amazing, believable worlds; her characters are solid and relatable, and she knows how to do interesting magic, great action and creepiness in spades.”

- Fantasy and SciFi Weblog

“I am finding it rather difficult to express my opinions of this novel without resorting to gushing like a schoolgirl about it… It is a book which is like a fresh breeze of crisp air.”

- Lateral Books

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