The council should convene to choose a new Emperor, but they are too busy plotting against each other. Harbinger of the storm is an action packed Aztec mystery opera with magic, interventions from the gods and more twists and turns than the first book. I wish it was 2012 already even if the world is going under while I read the final Obsidian & Blood.
Harbinger of the Storm Obsidian and Blood Book 2 #ad - Cybermage. One of the council members in charge of choosing a successor has been brutally murdered in what looks like an attempt to influence the decision. And then someone starts summoning star-demons within the palace, to kill councilmen. Acatl, high priest of the Dead, must find the culprit before everything is torn apart.
Reviews:‘political intrigue and rivalry among a complex pantheon of divinities drive this well-paced murder mystery set at the height of the Aztec Empire in the late 15th century. It even has a love story with amusing snippets here and there… The story is self contained and can be enjoyed standalone, but you will not want to miss out on the first.
Master of the House of Darts Obsidian & Blood Book 3JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. #ad - However, when one of the prisoners dies of a magical illness, he has little choice but to investigate. It’s a twisty and colourful tale filled with strange gods who demand sacrifices and pain for the least favour. Even though the second book dealt with a possible end to the world, MASTER OF THE HOUSE OF DARTS took a similar fate and did it better.
I liked the way acatl is beginning to question the way things are, and the first stirrings of doubt are awakening in him. For it is only one death, but it will not be the last. As the bodies pile up and the imperial court tears itself apart, Acatl's beloved student, into the eye of the storm, the High Priest for the Dead is going to have to choose whom he can afford to trust; and where, dragging Teomitl, in the end, his loyalties ultimately lie.
. Reviews:‘like the previous books, the third in the Obsidian and Blood series abounds with suspects and red herrings. Acatl is both the hero and the author’s avatar as she explores her ideas of what a hero can and should be. He is not even a typical mystery solver, execution, at least not in the Western idiom… The entirety of the Obsidian & Blood trilogy gets high marks… for creativity, and gentle subversion.
Master of the House of Darts Obsidian & Blood Book 3 #ad - The ending involved several confrontations that were tense and believable, including some between people who are supposed to be allies… a great end to the series. Fantasy review barn‘whether you take it as historical noir or as a highly accurate fantasy, it’s hard not to enjoy the Obsidian and Blood books—it’s a perfect fit for those looking for something different from their usual fare, but still exciting in ways they’re used to.
Servant of the Underworld Obsidian and Blood Book 1JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. #ad - Anderson‘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‘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.
Human sacrifice and the magic of the living blood are the only things keeping the sun in the sky and the earth fertile. A priestess disappears from an empty room drenched in blood. A vivid portrayal of an interesting culture in a truly fresh fantasy novel. Kevin J. The first book in the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy:Year One-Knife, Tenochtitlan the capital of the Aztecs.
Servant of the Underworld Obsidian and Blood Book 1 #ad - I was enthralled. Sean williams‘an aztec priest of the dead tries to solve a murder mystery, and finds that politics may be even more powerful than magic. It should be a usual investigation for acatl, the deeper he is drawn into the political and magical intrigues of noblemen, and the the more he digs, soldiers, High Priest of the Dead--except that his estranged brother is involved, and priests-and of the gods themselves.
. Reviews:‘ gripping mystery steeped in blood and ancient Aztec magic.
The House of Shattered WingsAce #ad - And if silverspires falls, so may the city itself. Multi-award winning author aliette de bodard, the streets of paris are lined with haunted ruins, igniting the City of Light in a fantasy of divine power and deep conspiracy…In the late twentieth century, brings her story of the War in Heaven to Paris, the aftermath of a Great War between arcane powers.
The grand magasins have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart. But those that survived still retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France’s once grand capital.
The House of Shattered Wings #ad - Once the most powerful and formidable, House Silverspires now lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls. Within the house, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen angel; an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction; and a resentful young man wielding spells of unknown origin.
They may be silverspires’ salvation—or the architects of its last, irreversible fall.
On a Red Station, Drifting Xuya Universe#ad - What quyen does not know is that the honoured ancestress herself is faltering, her mind eaten away by a disease that seems to have no cure; and that the future of the station itself might hang in the balance…. For generations prosper station has thrived under the guidance of its Honoured Ancestress: born of a human womb, the station’s artificial intelligence has offered guidance and protection to its human relatives.
On a Red Station, Drifting Xuya Universe #ad - But war has come to the Dai Viet Empire. As deprivations cause the station’s ordinary life to unravel, uncovering old grudges and tearing apart the decimated family, Station Mistress Quyen and the Honoured Ancestress struggle to keep their relatives united and safe. Prosper’s brightest minds have been called away to defend the Emperor; and a flood of disorientated refugees strain the station’s resources.
The ebook edition of the hugo, nebula and locus awards novella finalist, from the author of the acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy, and set in the same universe as the Nebula and Locus Award winning "Immersion.
The House of Binding Thorns A Dominion of the Fallen Novel Book 2Ace #ad - In house hawthorn, Madeleine the alchemist has had her addiction to angel essence savagely broken. As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by Fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital. As the houses seek a peace more devastating than war, those caught between new fears and old hatreds must find strength—or fall prey to a magic that seeks to bind all to its will.
House silverspires was once the most powerful, but just as it sought to rise again, an ancient evil brought it low. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal—to resurrect someone he lost. The multi-award-winning author of the House of Shattered Wings continues her Dominion of the Fallen saga as Paris endures the aftermath of a devastating arcane war.
The House of Binding Thorns A Dominion of the Fallen Novel Book 2 #ad - . But the cost of such magic might be more than he can bear. Struggling to live on, she is forced on a perilous diplomatic mission to the underwater dragon kingdom—and finds herself in the midst of intrigues that have already caused one previous emissary to mysteriously disappear.
The Tea Master and the DetectiveSubterranean Press #ad - As they dig deep into the victim's past, ultimately, the Shadow's Child realises that the investigation points to Long Chau's own murky past—and, to the dark and unbearable void that lies between the stars… . In this fluid society, and physical and virtual realities overlap, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, the appearance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood.
A transport ship discharged from military service after a traumatic injury, The Shadow's Child now ekes out a precarious living as a brewer of mind-altering drugs for the comfort of space-travellers. When long chau walks into her office, The Shadow's Child expects an unpleasant but easy assignment. When the corpse turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow's Child with her.
The Tea Master and the Detective #ad - Aliette de bodard brings us a new novella set in the award-winning, critically acclaimed Xuya universe!Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars.
Meanwhile, abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau wants to find a corpse for a scientific study.
In the Vanishers' PalaceJABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. #ad - Vu côn seems stern and unbending, but as the days pass Yên comes to see her kinder and caring side. She finds herself dangerously attracted to the dragon who is her master and jailer. She takes yên back to her home, a vast, vertiginous palace-prison where every door can lead to death. From the award-winning author of the Dominion of the Fallen series comes a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
In a ruined, devastated world, where the earth is poisoned and beings of nightmares roam the land. A woman, terrified, betrayed, sold into indenture to pay her village's debts and struggling to survive in a spirit world. A dragon, among the last of her kind, cold and aloof but desperately trying to make a difference.
In the Vanishers' Palace #ad - When failed scholar yên is sold to vu côn, one of the last dragons walking the earth, she expects to be tortured or killed for Vu Côn's amusement. But vu côn, it turns out, has a use for Yên: she needs a scholar to tutor her two unruly children. In the end, yên will have to decide where her own happiness lies—and whether it will survive the revelation of Vu Côn’s dark, unspeakable secrets.
. Advance praise for in the Vanishers’ Palace“Another stellar offering by Bodard.
The House of Sundering Flames A Dominion of the Fallen Novel Book 3JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. #ad - When a powerful explosion razes House Harrier, old alliances are torn apart and a race begins to fill the power void. Thuan, the beleaguered dragon head of House Hawthorn, finds a war on his doorstep. The white-hot conclusion to the dominion of the Fallen trilogy by the multi-award-winning author…The Great Houses of Paris—headed by Fallen angels and magicians—have co-existed in fragile peace.
The House of Sundering Flames A Dominion of the Fallen Novel Book 3 #ad - And, in the ruins of house Harrier, Emmanuelle desperately tries to piece together her fragmented memories of the explosion. But beneath house Harrier awaits a fiery magic that hungers for destruction. And it is time for houses and Houseless to stand together—or be engulfed in flames. Aurore, once cast out by harrier and almost beaten to death, seeks power to protect her family—and must venture back to her former home.
Of Wars, and Memories, and StarlightSubterranean Press #ad - And in the award-winning "three cups of grief, an engineer, three very different people—a scholar, by Starlight", and a spaceship—all must deal with the loss of a woman who was the cornerstone of their world. This collection includes a never-before-seen 20, and Fungus, 000-word novella, and Kindness", "Of Birthdays, set in Bodard's alternative dark Paris.
. In the novelette "children of thorns, a shapeshifting dragon infiltrating a ruined mansion finds more than he's bargained for when his partner is snatched by eerie, Children of Water", child-like creatures. From a writer fast becoming one of the stars of the genre, aliette de Bodard, multiple award winner and author of The Tea Master and the Detective, now brings readers fourteen dazzling tales that showcase the richly textured worldbuilding and beloved characters that have brought her so much acclaim.
Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight #ad - In de bodard's first collection come discover the breadth and endless invention of her universes, ranging from a dark Gothic Paris devastated by a magical war; to the multiple award-winning Xuya, a far-future space opera inspired by Vietnamese culture where scholars administrate planets and sentient spaceships are part of families.
In the nebula award and locus award winning "Immersion", a young girl working in a restaurant on a colonized space station crosses paths with an older woman who has cast off her own identity.
The Orphans of Raspay: A Penric and Desdemona novella in the World of the Five Gods Penric & Desdemona Book 7Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc. #ad - The varied voices, especially between Pen and Desdemona, add a fun slant to a serious tale. Library journal on “penric and the shaman”“bujold follows ‘Penric’s Demon’ with another brief tale set in her World of the Five Gods, this time combining supernatural sleuthing with finely drawn characters and a panoply of emotions.
. Series fans will be delighted with this tale, which begs for continuation. Booklist on “penric's mission” “set in the ‘world of the five gods’ The Curse of Chalion; Paladin of Souls; The Hallowed Hunt, Bujold’s novella takes series fans back to a well-known realm in an exciting new adventure.
Pen and des will need all their combined talents of mind and magic to unravel the mysteries of the sisters and escape from the pirate stronghold. This novella follows about a year after the events of “The Prisoner of Limnos”. Bujold’s delightful latest tale of Penric … is another winner in Bujold’s already strong series.
Publisher’s weekly *starred review* on “The Prisoner of Limnos”“Series fans and fantasy readers who seek well-drawn characters will love this tale. Publisher’s weekly on “mira’s last dance” “best-selling author bujold follows her Hugo-nominated “Penric and the Shaman” 2017 with another adventure featuring the sorcerer Penric and his resident 200-year-old chaos demon, Desdemona.
The Orphans of Raspay: A Penric and Desdemona novella in the World of the Five Gods Penric & Desdemona Book 7 #ad - When the ship in which they are traveling is captured by Carpagamon island raiders, Temple sorcerer Penric and his resident demon Desdemona find their life complicated by two young orphans, Lencia and Seuka Corva, far from home and searching for their missing father. This is a wonderful expansion of her World of the Five Gods.