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Free download Servant of the Underworld ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free download Servant of the Underworld Year One Knife Tenochtitlan the capital of the Aztecs The end of the world is kept at bay only b. Chalchiutlicue Say that uickly ten times without stumblingI didn t read any reviews for Servant of the Underworld before I started I think this is a good thing because the label speculative fiction tends to put me off often than not Speculative fiction that bastard child straddling the fence between literary fiction and genre fantasy has pretensions of grandeur that tend to overwhelm the actual talent of the writer That Aliette de Bodard knows her subject inside out is a given The uestion was could she take such an obscure non mainstream culture and make it come alive in a way that would interest fans of both literary fiction and fantasy From the very first page Servant of the Underworld managed to grab my attention This is remarkable for a number of reasons Firstly the complete lack of familiarity in terms of mythology culture and even nomenclature Early and Medieval European history is well documented and very very familiar the world over So on a slightly smaller scale globally are Asian and Middle Eastern history and mythology But to most of the world the Aztecs remain a mysterious and largely forgotten people It would then be all too easy for an author to fall into lecture mode but de Bodard skillfully avoids this trap choosing instead to turn the culture and s into a form of fantasy worldbuilding Secondly she avoids another pitfall that tends to often trap authors of historical fictionfantasy The urge to introduce modern concepts ideals or mechanisms into an era that had no place for them Jean M Auel I m not just looking at you I m staring pointing and laughing my ass off Oh it s so inconvenient that these Cro Magnons are such sexist bastards let me sell my feminist manifesto by having my MC invent fire domestication of animals the wheel herbal medicine the bow and arrow and even some magic Please Buy a clue do some research De Bodard on the other hand is very matter of fact about the way of life of the Mexicas Animal sacrifices No big deal Human sacrifices Yeah these things happen No we don t eat tacos you fool we eat frogs and worms and maize porridge Thirdly the magic system In keeping with her historical theme de Bodard builds a religion based magical system that probably echoes that of the Aztecs The gods giveth and the gods taketh away No Dark Lords or hidden heroes The system is methodical and political with gods and their priests jockeying for what gods and priests always jockey for power Although the magic is integral to the story this is not a book about magic At heart Servant of the Underworld is a whodunnit Acatl the High Priest of the Dead is called in to investigate the disappearance of a high ranking priestess only to find that his brother is implicated in her suspected murder Acatl is put in charge of the investigation and is suddenly caught in the middle of a hidden war of which he knows nothing As I said this is a whodunnit An elaborate magic infused theology steeped whodunnit But this is not the only layer of the story There is a subtle battle that Acatl is waging against his fate as High Priest of the Dead In fact it is so subtle that you re halfway through the book before you realise that Acatl is than just a narrator that the story is in fact in some measure about him and his acceptance of his destiny It is also a beautifully understated retelling of the prejudices that divided Aztec society the chasm between priest and warrior And of course this is a story about human and celestial greed for power It s not just a uestion you see of whodunnit but also of whydunnit Beautifully layered and simply told this is a book that manages to do justice to the term speculative fiction Which is not to say that it s perfect The number one thing I hated about this book is the title Anyone could be forgiven for thinking this is one of those endless urban fantasy series that are glutting the market these days Seriously Ms de Bodard can I suggest some alternative names Also the last few chapters of the book were a tiny little bit of a disappointment The whole struggle to save my world thing So pass darling It reverts to the fantasy tropes that have been refreshingly absent in most of this book Strike two against this book Actually that would make this a four star read except that de Bodard gets mega bonus jackpot points for setting this in the mesoamerican civilisation And really nobody who can reconstruct a forgotten society with this level of perfection deserves less than five stars If you re looking for a uick light read this is not the book for you But if you re looking for meticulously researched well written historical fantasy give Aliette de Bodard a shot You won t regret it I think

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Free download Servant of the Underworld ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free download Servant of the Underworld High Priest must find her or break the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead. Aztec detective fantasy noir As you do This is a dark and horrific world of blood sacrifice and cruelly capricious gods vividly drawn Our hero is the high priest of Lord Death and must investigate the disappearance of a priestess for which his estranged brother has been framed Gnarly mystery expands into world threatening fantasy action Highly readable if not as assured as the author s recent work and a genuinely fascinating and very well drawn setting Sunjata Penguin Classics you do This is a dark and horrific world of blood sacrifice and cruelly capricious gods vividly drawn Our hero is the high priest of Lord Death and must investigate the disappearance of a priestess for which his estranged brother has been framed Gnarly mystery expands into world threatening fantasy action Highly readable if not as assured as the author s recent work and a genuinely fascinating and very well drawn setting

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Free download Servant of the Underworld ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free download Servant of the Underworld Y the magic of human sacrifice A Priestess disappears from an empty room drenched in blood Acatl. I really enjoyed this book for the most part It s clearly a first novel but a really well done one The setting is fascinating I won t go into it because you can read the blurb The names are hard to parse and too long to even say in my mind every time I see them but that didn t detract from my enjoyment at all I wish I d known there was an index in the back I liked how the actual plot was how the MC came into his own during the course of the book The murder mystery was interesting too


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    Free download ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free æ Aliette de Bodard [EPUB] (Servant of the Underworld) 35 starsWelcome to Tenochtitlan home to Acatl unenthusiastic High Priest of the Dead and now due to circumstances beyond his control eually unenthusiastic lead investigator in the bloody disappearance of a priestess Unfortunately it’s too close to home to ignore especially once a family member is arrested for the crime But that doesn’t mean he has to be happy about it his uiet life has been ruined and someone’s g

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    Free download Servant of the Underworld [EPUB] (Servant of the Underworld) Free download ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free æ Aliette de Bodard Chalchiutlicue Say that uickly ten times without stumblingI didn't read any reviews for Servant of the Underworld before I started I think this is a good thing because the label 'speculative fiction' tends to put me off often than not Specula

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    Aliette de Bodard æ 5 Summary [EPUB] (Servant of the Underworld) This was so different really fascinating Set in the pre Spanish conuest of the Aztec empire we meet Alcatel high priest of the dead He is forced to investigate the death of a priestess in which his brother is implicated and becomes involved in a much bigger problem as a result Really the story revolves around a b

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    Free download Servant of the Underworld Aliette de Bodard æ 5 Summary [EPUB] (Servant of the Underworld) My expectations had been brought very low about this book but they needn't have been I thought this was a really great urban fantasy that maybe just went on a bit too longCONTENT WARNING just a list of topics view spoiler killing animals body horror including eyes adultery torture hide spoiler

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    [EPUB] (Servant of the Underworld) 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

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    [EPUB] (Servant of the Underworld) I think I admire the idea of this story than I enjoyed reading it The setting and imagination put into this Aztec murder mystery is pretty great but I had a hard time feeling any connection with the characters or their motives and emotional lives I also felt that it lacked the layers I've found in de Bodard's Xuya universe

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  • Paperback
  • 431
  • Servant of the Underworld
  • Aliette de Bodard
  • English
  • 01 January 2020
  • 9780007346547