Book 1: Servant of the Underworld

Year 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.

It was published in 2010 by Angry Robot, and is now out of print. See the <a href=””>O&B page</a> for more information.

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Servant of the Underworld, Aliette’s first novel, is a historical fantasy/mystery set in Aztec times. The idea for this came from a couple of short stories Aliette wrote featuring death-priest-cum-investigator Acatl, bringing together the little-used Aztec mythology and the tropes of mystery fiction.

Servant of the Underworld is the first book in a three-book series, published with Angry Robot.


What they’re saying:

“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 coauthor 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, author of ALL THE WINDWRACKED STARS

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

        Sean Williams, New York Times bestselling author of THE BROKEN LAND and THE BOOKS OF THE CHANGE series

“An amazingly fresh and engaging new voice in fantasy: the shadows of the Aztec underworld drip from these pages.”

        Tobias Buckell, author of SLY MONGOOSE and RAGAMUFFIN


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(NB: those actually make up the first three chapters of the book, but in order to keep the excerpts to a reasonable size, they were cut up in five parts)