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

“Servant of the Underworld is a highly original debut novel. Thanks to a solid mystery plot and Aliette de Bodard’s extensive research into pre-Conquest Meso-America, this novel should strike a chord with more than just fantasy readers.”
FantasyLiterature.com

“de Bodard weaves a substantial air of magic and wonder into her narrative.”
Booksquawk

“Part murder mystery, part well-researched historical novel and part fantasy… The fantasy element blends neatly with the other parts. 4****”
SFX Magazine

“The book starts out a slow, steady pace and builds momentum from there. It’s not some huge action scene that hooks you. It’s the atmosphere. The blood spilled to gain favor from the gods. The cultural details Bodard infuses in each moment.”
Examiner.com

From page one I was drawn into Acatl’s world… a remarkable historically-based fantasy, using the myths and legends of the Aztec people as a background to a twisting murder mystery.
Speculative Book Review

De Bodard clearly did her research, and it shows. At the same time, she’s skillful enough to make the world of the Aztecs come alive without resorting to a bunch of awkward info-dumps. There’s a fine line between “well-researched” and “pedantic,” and de Bodard walks it with grace.
Terra peregrina

“It works though. The descriptions are simple and never seem too long, the dialogue always adds value, and the plot flows nicely. I didn’t work out what was going on until I was told and this added to my enjoyment. I particularly love the way the capricious nature of the gods is portrayed.”
- Tony’s Thoughts

“Action- and magic-wise, this book really kept me on the edge of my seat … deities enter the fray, and Aliette did a great job in layering them with incredible menace and danger; definitely not deities who sit back and move pieces on a board.”
DaveBrendon de Burgh

HARBINGER OF THE STORM  (Obsidian & Blood Book II)

Aliette de Bodard
Fantasy
Cover: Spring London

UK
6 January 2011
384pp B-format paperback
£7.99 UK
ISBN 978-0-85766-075-6

US/Canada
26 January 2011
416pp mass-market paperback
$7.99 US $8.99 CAN
ISBN 978-0-85766-076-3

eBook
6 January 2011
£5.49
ePub ISBN 978-0-85766-077-0