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DOWNLOAD Servant of the Underworld î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB REVIEW ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó Aliette de Bodard High Priest must find her or break the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead. Servant of the Underworld by Writers of the Future winner Aliette de Bodard is an interesting and especially for a debut well executed cross genre novel that successfully combines several disparate elements into an original storyIf ever a novel could be called cross genre Servant of the Underworld is it the story is set in the 15th century Aztec empire 1 historical fiction but magic and gods are real 2 fantasy When a priestess is murdered Acatl the High Priest of the Dead gets involved in finding the murderer 3 mystery especially when it turns out that his brother is one of the prime suspects Add to this some blood rituals and some other dark scenes that verge into horror territory 4 and you ve got a novel that bookstores could shelve in a few different places When reading it I freuently thought of Liz Williams DETECTIVE INSPECTOR CHEN stories which combine fantasy SF and mystery with touches of both humor and horror and are also set in a non Western culture so it didn t come as a surprise that de Bodard listed those novels as an influenceMaybe the most impressive thing about this novel is the fact that Aliette de Bodard manages to combine these different elements into a smooth cohesive story Right from the opening scene in which one of High Priest Acatl s blood rituals is interrupted when he finds out about the murder that sets off the plot the exotic setting feels natural and the inclusion of magic becomes almost normal As the story progresses with Acatl interviewing various people to find the murderer and exonerate his brother Aliette de Bodard gradually paints a vivid picture of life in the Aztec city of Tenochtlitan filled with interesting anthropological tidbits while at the same time keeping the whodunnit plot going and building up the religionmagic angle And speaking of religion the few scenes where human characters interact with the gods were for me the best parts of the novel Aliette de Bodard does an excellent job describing the reaction of puny humans to the awe inspiring godsServant of the Underworld s main weakness is its main character Acatl who is simply very hard to connect to While the author attempts to make him human by emphasizing his complex family life it s still hard to empathize with the dispassionate Aztec High Priest of the Dead and ironically the priests who work for him seem to feel the same way for most of the book The exotic setting of the novel is fascinating the mystery plot is initially very intriguing the magic is at times impressive but once the novelty wears off the main character isn t engaging enough to carry the novel and because the story is told from Acatl s first person perspective this one flaw is constantly in the spotlightStill 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 Conuest Meso America this novel should strike a chord with than just fantasy readersThis review was also published on the Fantasy Literature website wwwwfantasyliteraturecom Come check us out Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason Science Humanism and Progress up the religionmagic angle And speaking of religion the few scenes where human characters interact with the gods were for me the best parts of the novel Aliette de Bodard does an excellent job describing the reaction of puny humans to the awe inspiring godsServant of the Underworld s main weakness is its main character Acatl who is simply very hard to connect to While the author attempts to make him human by emphasizing his complex family life it s still hard to empathize with the dispassionate Aztec High Priest of the Dead and ironically the priests who work for him seem to feel the same way for most of the book The exotic setting of the novel is fascinating the mystery plot is initially very intriguing the magic is at times impressive but once the novelty wears off the main character isn t engaging enough to carry the novel and because the story is told from Acatl s first person perspective this one flaw is constantly in the spotlightStill 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 Conuest Meso America this novel should strike a chord with than just fantasy readersThis review was also published on the Fantasy Literature website wwwwfantasyliteraturecom Come check Lost Souls us out

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DOWNLOAD Servant of the Underworld î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB REVIEW ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó Aliette de Bodard Year One Knife Tenochtitlan the capital of the Aztecs The end of the world is kept at bay only b. Looking for something besides medieval European based fantasy Too many werewolves just looking for love in your reading Tired of airships and clockworks Note I m not even bringing up the zombie references but yes you can have too much of the walking dead Aliette de Bodard s trilogy Obsidian and Blood might just be the solution to the fantasy reader looking to genre bend The first book Servant of the Underworld is a fascinating stand alone book so don t let commitment issues prevent you from readingAcatl tzin the High Priest of the Dead is interrupted in the middle of a ceremony easing the passage to the Underworld for a dead noble Ceyaxochitl the second in command of the Mexica Empire reuests his presence at the scene of a crime A priestess has gone missing from her chambers and all that is left is copious amounts of blood and the odor of jaguar magic Although Ceyaxochitl would normally be in charge of the investigation she has matters of the Empire preoccupying her at the moment and besides the chief suspect is Acatl s estranged brother Acatl s relationship with the Underworld means he is particularly well suited by both magical ability and forensic skills to investigate deaths Unfortunately attempting to clear his brother will mean Acatl will need to confront their mutual animosity As the investigation grows complicated he s forced to take on an aide the cocky Teomitl and even interrogate the gods It seems the missing priestess is at the center of a great power struggle where almost everyone has a stake except Acatl who wants to avoid it Chich n Itz I can t remember any fantasy that s transported me thoroughly to another Earth time and Earth culture What is truly impressive however is that Bodard imbued the story with the feel of belief in the magics and the gods I felt a empathetic connection On her website Bodard states See I m a writer not a historian not a researcher I did my best with a mountain of sources but I m no expert and no Nahuatl so it s highly possible and indeed highly probable that the Obsidian and Blood books include some mistakes I don t believe her the world she created feels authentic than most urban fantasies set in the here and now and the fact that she actually shares further reference reading demonstrates cultural respect than most What is even impressive is that she did it old school science fiction style dropping the reader into a new world without narrative information dumping She admits to a few authorial cultural changes here and there particularly shortening the incredibly multi syllabic names easing up on the human sacrifice and modifying the concept of dual gods but it certainly isn t anything but an expert would recognize What I did note was the sense of place the jungles and floating islands the native foods the elaborate dress With her descriptions I was reminded of ponderous stone statues at the Met the steep stairs at Chich n Itz the rhythm of a Navajo chantJaguar cuauhxicalli sacrificial vessel National Museum of Anthropology Mexico CityThere are a few shortcomings none of much conseuence Occasionally a descriptive phrase or two for a character is repeated Given Bodard s thoroughness in outlining and detail I m guessing the repetition was intended as a person clue as much as the names which are occasionally similar I expected to be uncomfortable with certain cultural aspects given prior knowledge about Aztec human sacrifice but I was unprepared with the freuency of the ritual animal sacrifice Eventually though Bodard helped me came to understand it at least culturally The ending while satisfactory is a bit too neat in some ways as well as falling prey to a common fantasy trope For some readers the cultural immersion might feel too alien in a genre accustomed to wrapping 21st century beliefs in the trappings of whatever time period it chooses to play in I m talking to you neo Victorian steampunkers Most significantly Bodard does so well as the recreating a Meso American culture from 1480 that it is a little challenging to empathize with the characters Come to think of it the way many sci fi and fantasy writers get around the alien culture empathy challenge is to give the reader a modern human to identify with So kudos Bodard for not including a time traveler and challenging the reader to identify with Acatl This isn t a book that will appeal to everyone It isn t a uick breezy beach read it reuires some mental stretching and attention This is the thick homemade dark chocolate version of hot chocolate not the instant Carnation version with little stale marshmallows If that sounds appealing I highly recommend it I m looking forward to the next bookBook trailer and sample chapter available through a link on my blog or Bodard s Cross posted with much better original formatting at Last to Die up the zombie references but yes you can have too much of the walking dead Aliette de Bodard s trilogy Obsidian and Blood might just be the solution to the fantasy reader looking to genre bend The first book Servant of the Underworld is a fascinating stand alone book so don t let commitment issues prevent you from readingAcatl tzin the High Priest of the Dead is interrupted in the middle of a ceremony easing the passage to the Underworld for a dead noble Ceyaxochitl the second in command of the Mexica Empire reuests his presence at the scene of a crime A priestess has gone missing from her chambers and all that is left is copious amounts of blood and the odor of jaguar magic Although Ceyaxochitl would normally be in charge of the investigation she has matters of the Empire preoccupying her at the moment and besides the chief suspect is Acatl s estranged brother Acatl s relationship with the Underworld means he is particularly well suited by both magical ability and forensic skills to investigate deaths Unfortunately attempting to clear his brother will mean Acatl will need to confront their mutual animosity As the investigation grows complicated he s forced to take on an aide the cocky Teomitl and even interrogate the gods It seems the missing priestess is at the center of a great power struggle where almost everyone has a stake except Acatl who wants to avoid it Chich n Itz I can t remember any fantasy that s transported me thoroughly to another Earth time and Earth culture What is truly impressive however is that Bodard imbued the story with the feel of belief in the magics and the gods I felt a empathetic connection On her website Bodard states See I m a writer not a historian not a researcher I did my best with a mountain of sources but I m no expert and no Nahuatl so it s highly possible and indeed highly probable that the Obsidian and Blood books include some mistakes I don t believe her the world she created feels authentic than most Night Moves urban fantasies set in the here and now and the fact that she actually shares further reference reading demonstrates cultural respect than most What is even impressive is that she did it old school science fiction style dropping the reader into a new world without narrative information dumping She admits to a few authorial cultural changes here and there particularly shortening the incredibly multi syllabic names easing Dark Tide Rising William Monk #24 up on the human sacrifice and modifying the concept of dual gods but it certainly isn t anything but an expert would recognize What I did note was the sense of place the jungles and floating islands the native foods the elaborate dress With her descriptions I was reminded of ponderous stone statues at the Met the steep stairs at Chich n Itz the rhythm of a Navajo chantJaguar cuauhxicalli sacrificial vessel National Museum of Anthropology Mexico CityThere are a few shortcomings none of much conseuence Occasionally a descriptive phrase or two for a character is repeated Given Bodard s thoroughness in outlining and detail I m guessing the repetition was intended as a person clue as much as the names which are occasionally similar I expected to be Gargoyles of Gaylord Michigan Chillers unprepared with the freuency of the ritual animal sacrifice Eventually though Bodard helped me came to Yellow Brick War understand it at least culturally The ending while satisfactory is a bit too neat in some ways as well as falling prey to a common fantasy trope For some readers the cultural immersion might feel too alien in a genre accustomed to wrapping 21st century beliefs in the trappings of whatever time period it chooses to play in I m talking to you neo Victorian steampunkers Most significantly Bodard does so well as the recreating a Meso American culture from 1480 that it is a little challenging to empathize with the characters Come to think of it the way many sci fi and fantasy writers get around the alien culture empathy challenge is to give the reader a modern human to identify with So kudos Bodard for not including a time traveler and challenging the reader to identify with Acatl This isn t a 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  • Paperback
  • 431
  • Servant of the Underworld
  • Aliette de Bodard
  • English
  • 15 October 2018
  • 9780007346547