Servant of the Underworld / Aliette de Bodard

“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

ServantUnderworld-front-72dYear One-Knife, Tenochtitlan – the capital of the Aztecs. The end of the world is kept at bay only by the magic of human sacrifice. A priestess disappears from an empty room drenched in blood. Acatl, high priest, must find her, or break the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead. But how do you find someone, living or dead, in a world where blood sacrifices are an everyday occurrence and the very gods stalk the streets?

Aliette de Bodard is the hottest rising star in world SF and Fantasy, blending ancient crimes with wild imagination. This is her debut novel.

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

More praise…
“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!”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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

“[It was the novel’s] use of the mythic that I found most interesting: the magical system based upon glyphs and blood seemed very real and provided a rich, numinous texture to the novel.”
Red Rook Review


Aliette de Bodard
Cover: Spring Design

7 Jan 2010
416pp A-format paperback
£7.99 UK $tbc Aus

November 2010
416pp mass-market paperback
$7.99 US $8.99 CAN
ISBN 978 0 85766 031 2

Nov 2010
ePub ISBN 978 0 85766 032 9

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