May 142012

100 word reviews: Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard

A mystery story. With magic. In the pre-conquistador Aztec empire.

A gripping read, save the mental gymnastics stumbling over the sounds of the names. A fun, wild ride through a less-populated culture who usually villainish (see: anything Aztecish in film or genre).

There’s history, magic and insight into culture, and there’s unfamiliar territory and some clarity around blood sacrifice.

There’s love and there’s lust and there’s a revenger’s tragedy buried in the mystery, and there’s a critical period of history.

I think I personally prefer de Bodard’s later short fiction, but I’m willing and interested to read more of these.

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