Aliette de Bodard


Aliette de Bodard is a Computer Engineer who moonlights as a speculative fiction writer in her spare time. She graduated in 2007 from Ecole Polytechnique, one of France’s top engineering schools, and went on to find a job which involved two of her loves, mathematics and programming computers.

She was already writing science fiction and fantasy short stories during her studies, though it took her a few years to get them published. Over the course of her young career, Aliette has racked up a significant number of award nominations (Hugo, Nebula, etc.). She won Second Place in Writers of the Future in 2006. In 2013, she won a Nebula Award for her short story Immersion. Aliette won two 2015 BSFA Awards, for her novel THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS and for her short story THREE CUPS OF GRIEF, BY STARLIGHT.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in places such as Interzone, Black Static, and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. She currently lives in Paris…

Half-French and half-Vietnamese, Aliette has a special interest in non-Western cultures, particularly Asia and Precolumbian America.

titles



Dominion of the Fallen Duology

  1. THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS
  2. THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS

Obsidian & Blood (Acatl/Aztec Mysteries)

  1. SERVANT OF THE UNDERWORLD
  2. HARBINGER OF THE STORM
  3. MASTER OF THE HOUSE OF DARTS
  4. OBSIDIAN & BLOOD (Omnibus)

covers

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  • Dominion of the Fallen: THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS (UK, US, French)
  • Dominion of the Fallen: THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS (UK, US)
  • Dominion of the Fallen (Audio - UK, US)
  • Obsidian & Blood Series
  • Obsidian & Blood Series (Audio)

translations

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Dominion of the Fallen Series:

- THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS - Fleuve (France, 2018 - L'Ascension de la Maison Aubepine)
- THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS - Droemer (Germany, 2017 - Das Haus der gebrochenen Schwingen)
- THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS - Host (Czech, 2017 - Řád zlomených křídel)
- THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS - Fleuve (France, 2017 - La Chute de la Maison aux Fleches d'Argent)
- THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS - Roc Books (US, 2017)
- THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS - Gollancz (UK, 2017)
- THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS - Orion Audio (UK, Audio, 2015)
- THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS - Blackstone Audio (US, Audio, 2015)
- THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS - Roc Books (US, 2015)
- THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS - Gollancz (UK, 2015)

Obsidian & Blood Series:

- MASTER OF THE HOUSE OF DARTS - Audible (Audio, 2013)
- HARBINGER OF THE STORM - Audible (Audio, 2013)
- SERVANT OF THE UNDERWORLD - Audible (Audio, 2013)
- HARBINGER OF THE STORM - Eclipst/Panini (France, TBC - Le Cinquieme Soleil)
- SERVANT OF THE UNDERWORLD - Eclipst/Panini (France, 2013 - D'Obsidienne et de Sang)
- OBSIDIAN & BLOOD - Angry Robot (World English, 2012)
- MASTER OF THE HOUSE OF DARTS - Angry Robot (World English, 2011)
- HARBINGER OF THE STORM - Angry Robot (World English, 2011)
- SERVANT OF THE UNDERWORLD - Angry Robot (World English, 2010

reviews

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    • THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS
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      ‘Meddling gleefully in the affairs of devils and dragons, this affective sequel to 2015’s THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS touches the heart as often as it cuts throats… Having fully crafted her world, de Bodard is now completely in control: she can move swiftly from gentle poetic touches to bloody Grand Guignol gestures, and she sure-handedly holds the reader by exposing the vulnerabilities and needs that drive even the seemingly all-powerful figures of rebel angels and ancient serpents to surrender to a higher collective power. In this world lacking signs of heaven, redemptions are painful but possible.’  —  Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

      ‘de Bodard’s people feel real to me… There is hope even in the darkest of places, and there is a desire for love, for trust, for harbor, that takes root no matter how often it’s destroyed. This is a stronger, more certain novel than THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, and if reading it is sometimes walking the unfenced edge of a cliff, the vista is dizzying and beautiful. It is well worth the wait, and if you haven’t read the first novel, I urge you to do so. But have THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS in hand before you reach the end.’  —  Fantasy & Science Fiction (Mar/Apr 2017)

      ‘De Bodard’s writing is very precise, like a well-oiled machine. The tempo is piston perfect, with the prose style having a strong and steady rhythm throughout. The emotional journey is relatively predictable (especially when we get into a marriage sequence), but the narrative is not. In other words, you can pretty much tell that the big emotions are coming, but the how and the why is what keeps you on edge. This is not a villains book; this is a powerful sequel that shows us that the incredibly complex world of the last novel is even more involved than we first expected. Strong stuff which you won’t stop reading till the end.’  —  Starburst

      ‘The author spins a tale that’s rich, emotional and gripping, and delivers that rare thing: a superior sequel… This is an incredibly rich novel. Even as the scheming, double-crossing and action set pieces unfold, the author never loses sight of the people whose lives are on the line… There’s just so much going on here: social commentary, myths and fairytales that often feel under-represented in genre fiction, a gripping genre adventure and an affecting love story. The author has gone from strength to strength and we can’t wait for this story to continue.’  —  SciFi Now (5/5*)

      ‘Truly beautifully balanced: between new and old, birth and death, beauty and ugliness, inside and outside, beginning and, yes, ending. It walks the line, and walks it fine.’  —  Tor.com

      ‘A book about diplomacy and hidden truths, with deals that benefit one side more than the other and old grudges resurfacing… This is also a book full of diversity and characters whose strength is not always in the magic they possess… Aliette de Bodard has created a fascinating world with many different characters whose lives all interlock, all heading to something different from what was there before.’  —  Fantasy Book Review

      THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS further develops the world of the Dominion of the Fallen and is much stronger… It’s more engaging and better paced with gorgeous, atmospheric writing that fits the story and setting (of course, more focus on the dragon kingdom is quite welcome too!)… a standout novel.’  —  Fantasy Book Cafe

      ‘The more that de Bodard writes in the Dominion of the Fallen, the more I want to read of its characters, its worlds, its conflicts and its themes.’  —  Skiffy & Fanty

      ‘De Bodard has a reputation for introducing new and challenging worlds to the fantasy genre… THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS, on the other hand, does for Paris what many authors have already done for London: create a magical alternative reality out of a city with a deeply compelling mythology all of its own. Paris has long deserved this treatment, and de Bodard has done an excellent job of delivering… This is a delicately crafted world, and a study in the clashing of cultures, the politics of survival and desperation. De Bodard portrays both the decimated Paris and the decaying dragon kingdom beautifully… This is definitely a work for those of us who want to move away from the traditional boundaries of fantasy, and want to see more cities given the sort of treatment that China Miéville and Neil Gaiman have bestowed upon London. Paris is certainly ripe for it, and the world that de Bodard has created both fascinating and horrifying in equal measure.’  —  British Fantasy Society

      ‘An excellent series with lots of variety and it feels more inventive than many books I come across. It’s an exciting world to fall into and I am looking forward to the next book.’  —  SF Crowsnest

    • THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS
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      ‘Will grab readers and force them to pay attention to the amazing writing and the phenomenal characters. de Bodard will sweep you up into the dark and dirty world Paris has become. The characters are very vivid and will stay with you until long after the last page, as each of them is fighting and longing for something. The writing style rendered the characters’ feelings and emotional turmoil beautifully. Watching Philippe and Isabelle work through their “connection” is fascinating and lovely. There’s so much going on, and every character has their own past, their own tragic history. It’s a whirlwind, it’s heartbreaking and it’s one of the best fantasy novels of 2015.’  —  RT Book Reviews (Top Pick August 2015)

      ‘A gripping tragedy of forlorn individuals caught up in an angelic version of the Cold War… The story holds up well as a standalone, with clear possibilities but no pressing need for a sequel. De Bodard aptly mixes moral conflicts and the desperate need to survive in a fantastical spy thriller that reads like a hybrid of le Carré and Milton, all tinged with the melancholy of golden ages lost.’  —  Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

      ‘De Bodard… has spun a fascinating Paris of decay and cruelty. ­Phillippe is a marvel of a character, unreliable as a narrator but compelling in his flaws and his deep well of homesickness.  —  Library Journal (Starred Review)

      ‘A beautifully crafted novel full of complex characters, set in a post apocalyptic Paris – the image of which is truly haunting… vivid and fast-paced battles and intense political manoeuvrings… with carefully crafted characters both with layers and depth, De Bodard reflects the best and worst of human nature in her novel… an intriguing mystery, elegantly written… Something any avid fantasy reader with an open mind will devour!’  —  Guardian

      ‘… strikingly original… heavily character-driven… remarkably evocative use of setting… an urban fantasy in the original and quite literal sense of that term… In the end, de Bodard manages to weave together the backstories and fates of the various characters (of whom the most appealing is Isabelle, as she learns to cope with a life among the Fallen) into a novel that is both haunting and original, its sense of loss almost palpable, and its setting not quite like anything else in modern fantasy.’  —  Locus (Gary K. Wolfe)

      ‘It’s a testament to De Bodard’s skills that we’re completely immersed in the world almost immediately, without her resorting to a ‘here’s what happened’ information splurge. None of the fallen angels can remember why it was that they fell from Heaven… the Paris of fallen angels that the author has created is so compelling… It’s brimming with ideas, some of which rush by so quickly that you might wish De Bodard had taken a little more time to explore them. This is a good problem to have though. It’s fascinating, moving and hugely readable.’  —  SciFi Now

      Aliette de Bodard’s alternate vision of Paris is one of the most brilliantly dark reconstructions of the city of lights ever written. It’s a poetry of destruction, drenched in the horrors of a house war. Her writing is so gorgeous in its depiction of ruination, it feels like she’s literally swooping you off your feet and dropping you into the dilapidations of a city post-heavenly war. Different myths intersect, united in their savage search for celestial feasts, reminding us that tragedy transcends culture and beliefs. THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is a shrine to all that we love about books, humbling us with its awe-inspiring constructions as well as its violent plunges into the depths of existence…  —  Examiner

      ‘A Gothic masterpiece of supernatural intrigues, loves and betrayals in a ruined and decadent future Paris — wildly imaginative and completely convincing, this novel will haunt you long after you’ve put it down.’  —  Tim Powers

      ‘An intense, beautiful, brutal journey written with an eye for the stunning, vivid detail and the cruel demands of duty, loyalty, and leadership. Its portrait of a ruined Paris ruled by fallen angels is one I won’t soon forget.’  —  Kate Elliott

      ‘Original and intriguing, this novel is a strange delight and a foretaste of great things to come.’  —  Justina Robson

      ‘If the image of Lucifer sitting on a throne in the ruins of Notre-Dame strikes you as awesome, then this is the book for you.’  —  Marie Brennan

      ‘A few times in a lifetime, a book comes along that wraps you completely in its world and its characters. You walk its streets, smell its flowers, breathe its air alongside the characters as their stories become your story, their lives your life. THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is one of those books; convincing, gripping and filled with wonders.’  —  Kari Sperring

      ‘Brutal, beautiful, bold and brilliant. Aliette de Bodard takes the reality we know and shatters it, creating an original and fascinating world full of shadows, magic and intrigue.’  —  Freda Warrington

      ‘Exists in a rich, evocative Paris that is thick with magical history. Pathos and beauty intertwine in a novel filled with longing.’  —  Mary Robinette Kowal

      ‘Fantastic! de Bodard’s tale of a post-everything Paris, struggling toward an uncertain future beneath the burden of its imperial sins, burns with vengeful magic and subtle, shining prose.’  —  Max Gladstone

      ‘Thoughtful, complex, and engrossing, a fantastical thriller set in a Paris that is both instantly recognizable and yet utterly alien, peopled by characters grotesque, broken, and beautiful – often at the same time.  When I had to put this book down, I couldn’t wait to pick it up again.’  —  Laura Anne Gilman

      ‘A fascinating and elegant mystery set in the fractured mirror of an alternate Paris. A subtle, hugely enjoyable, mix of fallen angels and human frailty.’  —  Tom Lloyd

      ‘Lyrical, sophisticated, lush, suspenseful… brings to life an exciting world of deep magic and complex, layered characters.’  —  Ken Liu

      ‘There is never a dull moment in the story, and the world building was amazingly detailed and hauntingly post-apocalyptic… There was nothing that I did not like about this story. Everything comes together with perfect timing and intensity. If you enjoy stories about war, politics, fallen angels, high fantasy magic, this is a must read! A book that I would highly recommend with a great ensemble of characters and story lines. It’s pretty epic.’  —  Marianne de Pierres

      ‘Darkly entertaining. de Bodard makes Fallen Angels entirely her own in this post-apocalyptic Paris near the turn of the century. The personal politics of necessity blend and clash with the politics of the powerful as people—mortal and immortal—attempt to survive.’  —  Michelle Segara

      ‘This is a story of the failure of colonialism and empire, on both grand scales and personal. It’s a story of unlikely alliances – immigrant, human, newly Fallen, and head of House, and how they can conspire to restore – or upset – the social order. It’s haunting and sticks in the mind.’  —  Glen Mehn’s 100 Word Review

      ‘A suspenseful supernatural narrative focusing on fallen angels as they fight for power in a post-apocalyptic Paris that boasts brilliant worldbuilding, powerful prose and a cast of terrifically conflicted characters. It’s the year’s best urban fantasy by far, and if it doesn’t embiggen de Bodard’s base, I don’t know what will… Complicated as they are, its characters are clearly defined and deftly developed; its plot, Byzantine as it becomes, never feels false, or forced; its messed-up magic system is as insidious as it is rigorous; meanwhile its world, whilst confined to a cathedral, is wonderfully well-rendered. De Bodard doesn’t talk down to her readers, or repeat herself needlessly; refreshingly, she has faith enough in us to put the pieces of the puzzle together ourselves. There’s an intelligence — and, yes, an elegance — to THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS that is as rare and precious as angel essence. It’s a wonder, in a word, and I for one want more.’  —  Tor.com

      ‘Beautiful writing; well drawn characters; ornately baroque world… A deep, dark, wondrous look at an alternate Paris and the fallen angels that strive to maintain their position, and themselves… a richly done antagonist makes heroes and protagonists all the more striking and can take a life of their own. In Asmodeus, the author has created a character I want to know more about, and whom I want to see face off against the protagonists in future volumes. The ruined city of Paris takes a life all its own. From the ruins of Notre Dome, now part of House Silverspires, to the mean streets of the once-great city, every setting and location is invoked in vivid detail, and a very dark world is brought to life… Aliette de Bodard is a writer who deserves attention. With THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, the wonders of characters and setting on display certainly put the .truth to my remark, and THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is the perfect way to discover her work.’  —  SF Signal

      ‘A grim story with high-flown conventions, but by finding so much ugliness even in supernatural beauty, de Bodard makes both seem more compelling, and more concrete.’  —  NPR

      ‘The devastated Paris of Aliette de Bodard’s novel is especially haunting. This is partly because de Bodard, a Nebula Award-winning French-Vietnamese writer, lives in Paris and can convey a visceral sense of immediacy to a ruined Notre Dame or the remains of the grand department stores, and partly it’s because of the sheer lyricism of her prose… A series of mysterious deaths turns the novel into a surprising but compelling murder mystery, which plays out according to the supernatural terms de Bodard has laid out so evocatively.’  —  Chicago Tribune

      Aliette de Bodard presents a gritty, otherworldly Paris in her fast-paced, fantastical thriller.  —  Washington Post

      ‘From the start of this novel Aliette de Bodard draws the reader right into a Paris whose heartbeat can be felt on each page. This is a novel that is not easy to put down. It requires a few cups of coffee, a healthy supply of biscuits and a few late nights. And my goodness is worth it. Each wonderfully named chapter draws you in to the lives and dangerous times of the Annamite, Phillipe, the Fallen, Issabelle, and the alchemist and angel-essence addict, Madeline. As well as my personal favorite character Selene, the head of Silverspires. Each character Is wonderfully written and makes the reader feel a part of the story. THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS has some incredible moments that will leave you wanting more… some truly jaw dropping moments. Aliette de Bodard’s writing is powerful and moving, and her villainous characters are crafted in such a way as to make the reader feel the tension fill the page as they enter a room… an exciting read. The House of Shattered Wings is a thrilling, gripping read, that will leave you wanting another hit of angel essence.’  —  Sleepless Musings

      ‘[A] gorgeously written fantasy novel set in a world of post-apocalyptic/war decay… I highly recommend THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS to all fantasy fans. Anyone looking for a different kind of urban fantasy should definitely give it a try.’  —  Tsana’s Reads & Reviews

      ‘I did not want this book to end, so stretched it out as long as I absolutely could.’  —  E. Catherine Tobler

      ‘Fallen Angels fight to control this dark version of gothic Paris beautifully described and intricately woven by award winning Aliette de Bodard. This is the perfect novel to read at night, so dark and brooding is the landscape. By turns mysterious, violent and full of suspense this book is a page turner of the best kind… Reading this novel felt like a very intimate experience, the characters and landscape are so well developed with such detail that one feels as if they are walking alongside them as the story unfolds… the whole story flows so well… To get maximum effect, read this on a dark and stormy night tucked up in an arm chair. Ambience abounds in this novel.’  —  Geek Syndicate

      ‘This book is simply unlike anything I’ve ever read before, making it a stand-out… the story itself is complex and full of spectacular levels of world-building… The writing is downright lyrical at times, evoking some powerful imagery and emotion as the story progresses. It’s a very character-driven story in many ways, since although some plot points were put in motion long before the characters in question ever came onto the scene, it’s Philippe and Selene and Madeleine and Isabelle that move it along. Their mistakes, their curiosities, their fear and desperation and drive, all influence Silverspires. In a way, the House is the novel’s real focus, almost a character in itself, since the story is all about its slow decline and everyone’s attempts to keep it safe and overcome the darkness threatening it.’  —  Bibliotropic

      ‘A fresh and intriguing book that has a fascinating take on fallen angels in 1930s Paris… The city is trying to recover from a magical war, it is suffering and scarred but recovering. It’s dark, broken and beautiful, much like the fallen angels themselves. I was quite taken by the prose and the world building in this as well as rich and complex characters. Actually, I loved the prose in this. Aliette de Bodard has a genuine gift of transforming mere words into pure imagery and emotion. She skillfully crafts the scenes and tone wrapping one around the other creating an experience for the reader. I’m just going to include a random quote because I don’t think words of mine will do her justice… a wonderfully crafted story, with palpable atmosphere and complex characters that are all flawed and fascinating. I left this book wanting to continue to learn about the city, the houses and each of the characters. I can’t imagine you could ask for more from a book than all that.’  —  Tenacious Reader

      ‘A superbly written, atmospheric mystery… Superbly written, wonderfully atmospheric and brought to life on the page, HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is a must-read novel of the year… De Bodard’s writing is expertly crafted, flows wonderfully. The world-building is evocative and atmospheric, we really get a good feel for this darker, grimmer Paris and its denizens. Without doubt, it is the combination of de Bodard’s gift for lyrical prose and magnificent world-building that makes this book such a fantastic read. The characters are interesting and varied, good guides to this setting and story — their struggles and motivations keep them interesting, and their flaws and foibles raise them above a good many of de Bodard’s contemporaries’ protagonists… a superb blend of intrigue, mystery and magic and urban fantasy; it’s brilliantly written; and the story is gripping. I can’t wait for the sequel. Very highly recommended.’  —  Civilian Reader

      ‘Have you ever read a book that from the first paragraph you just can’t put down? THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is definitely one for me, set in a post- apocalyptic Paris it is full of the tattered remnants of once regal houses that have managed to survive a magical war that was driven by the need for power and dominance…This book is wreathed in mythology, magic and mysticism and it is such a compelling read that maybe the book itself is magic. The twist on angels being power hungry was also really interesting, especially as the book never goes into why they have Fallen. I liked how the different kinds of magic were not complementary or even understood by the different practitioners. THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is a fantastic book full of sacrifice, vengeance and justice.’  —  Fantasy Book Review

      ‘The world de Bodard has created is beautifully-wrought, a post-apocalyptic nightmare unlike any you have seen before… has all the ingredients a good story needs: a well-developed world populated by identifiable, engaging characters whose fate we care about from the moment we meet them and a story that keeps us turning the pages long past bedtime. Stylishly written, this is the most original piece of fiction – I find that “Fantasy” is far too restrictive – you’re likely to come across this year. A wonderful introduction to Aliette de Bodard, who is already an award-winning short story writer, THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is an excellent showcase for this mighty talent and adds yet another author to this reader’s “must-read” list.’  —  Reader Dad

      ‘A tour de force… Mesmerizing, utterly mesmerizing. Of course what makes the world building so great is the writing style of Aliette de Bodard, from the first page you know that it holds something magical, and this continues right down to the last word of the story. It is really something… Singularly the theme of the book, the world building, characters, and unique twist on the story were all most interesting but when you take all them together, it truly becomes a great reading experience. The darkly-gothic vividly envisioned Paris with a heaven/hell theme really comes to life with the excellent story telling of Aliette de Bodard… will stick to you for a very long time. If you are on the lookout for something fresh and exciting in Dark Urban Fantasy, this is the book for you.’  —  The Book Plank

      ‘This is a story unlike anything I’ve read before. Two aspects have burned an impression into my mind: the unusual tale itself and the writing – the beautiful, almost unearthly writing.’  —  Fantasy Faction

      ‘Its intriguing mix of mythos and magic is a perfect introduction to Aliette de Bodard’s new creation and I’m already looking forward to sequels. This is definitely Paris like you’ve never seen before.’  —  Upcoming4Me

      ‘An enthralling and fully submerging read with an intriguing power structure and a setting that has both an unknown and yet familiarly gothic feel to it.’  —  We Love This Book

      ‘One of the most unusual and absorbing books I’ve read in years… Although shelved as Fantasy, this book is so much more. It’s Alternate History; it’s a Mystery; it’s a Supernatural Thriller; and it’s most certainly a major Gothic novel…De Bodard deploys the full range of her writing skills and inventive audacity in this dense and deeply melancholic novel. There are strong echoes of both Western and Eastern mythologies, of Milton’s Paradise Lost and the underwater Dragon Kingdoms of East Asian folklore. The novel’s characters are real and believable, layered with tragic pasts and complex motivations as they move through their haunted, broken city. Yet even as the action and intrigue—and sometimes horror—ratchet up relentlessly, there is always a vivid sense of remembered splendour and grandeur, a yearning for the vanished beauty and elegance that seems to shimmer just below the surface of the ruined city…a powerful novel that sinks deep into the reader’s psyche, taking you into a world so rich and characters so compelling that they linger for months after turning the last page. Don’t miss it.’  —  Dario Speaks

      ‘De Bodard’s book is full of beautiful, arresting imagery. The broken Notre Dame, the fouled Seine, will stay with me for a long time. Her take on angels is inventive and refreshing. Philippe’s rage is gripping. It’s the sort of wonderful stuff we pick up speculative fiction books for.’  —  Every Day Should Be Tuesday

      THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is a murder mystery set in a sumptuous and enchanting world, that will draw you in with it’s vivid world weaving, and infectious atmosphere.’  —  Reality’s A Bore

      THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is many things. It’s a murder mystery. It’s a post-apocalyptic survival tale. It’s a steel-cold look at protagonists who are antiheroes. It’s a slow-burn Gothic narrative with plenty of tension and a sense of impending doom that retains elegance and poise and never comes crashing down. Bodard’s worldbuilding is rich, her writing is sophisticated, almost regal in style. But more importantly, and poignantly, THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is also a story about imperialism, about displacement and belonging, about loyalties and the desperate desire to simply return to your own tribe.’  —  Strange Horizons

      ‘With a combination of mythologies and folklore, THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is filled with beautiful descriptive settings, interesting and diverse characters, magic and the alchemy. It is a place where Paris is dark, beautiful, ruined and magical… just like the Fallen who rule it.’  —  Book Nerd Reviews

      ‘It is a great mix of styles that come together in a satisfyingly complex web of magic and intrigue and I’m looking forward to exploring this world further in book two.’  —  SF Crowsnest

    • SERVANT OF THE UNDERWORLD
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      ‘ gripping mystery steeped in blood and ancient Aztec magic. I was enthralled.’  —  Sean Williams

      ‘Part murder mystery, part well-researched historical novel and part fantasy… The fantasy element blends neatly with the other parts. 4*’  —  SFX Magazine

      ‘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 author)

      ‘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

      ‘I haven’t enjoyed a proper detective story this much in ages, and the rich setting, monsters and magic just added an extra layer of delight.’  —  David Devereux

      ‘From page one I was drawn into Acatl’s world… a remarkable historically-based fantasy, using the myths and legends of the Aztec people as a background to a twisting murder mystery.’  —  Speculative Book Review

      ‘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. de Bodard is a writer to watch.’  —  Fantasy Book Critic

      ‘de Bodard weaves a substantial air of magic and wonder into her narrative.’  —  Booksquawk

      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-Conquest Meso-America, this novel should strike a chord with more than just fantasy readers.’  —  FantasyLiterature.com

      ‘The book starts out a slow, steady pace and builds momentum from there. It’s not some huge action scene that hooks you. It’s the atmosphere. The blood spilled to gain favor from the gods. The cultural details Bodard infuses in each moment.’  —  Examiner.com

      ‘This is Book 1 in a trilogy and I am eager to get my hands on the next book when it is released.’  —  Loudmouth Man

      ‘This book is beautifully written and a pleasure to lose oneself in… Please see for yourself and pick up a copy!’  —  Candyman

      SERVANT OF THE UNDERWORLD is an incredibly strong and promising debut, showing her talents at full effect – she can create amazing, believable worlds; her characters are solid and relatable, and she knows how to do interesting magic, great action and creepiness in spades.’  —  Fantasy and SciFi Weblog

      ‘I am finding it rather difficult to express my opinions of this novel without resorting to gushing like a schoolgirl about it… It is a book which is like a fresh breeze of crisp air.’  —  Lateral Books

      ‘[It was the novel’s] use of the mythic that I found most interesting: the magical system based upon glyphs and blood seemed very real and provided a rich, numinous texture to the novel.’  —  Red Rook Review

      ‘De Bodard clearly did her research, and it shows. At the same time, she’s skillful enough to make the world of the Aztecs come alive without resorting to a bunch of awkward info-dumps. There’s a fine line between “well-researched” and “pedantic,” and de Bodard walks it with grace.’  —  Terra Peregrina

      ‘The descriptions are simple and never seem too long, the dialogue always adds value, and the plot flows nicely. I didn’t work out what was going on until I was told and this added to my enjoyment. I particularly love the way the capricious nature of the gods is portrayed.’  —  Tony’s Thoughts

      ‘Action- and magic-wise, this book really kept me on the edge of my seat … deities enter the fray, and Aliette did a great job in layering them with incredible menace and danger; definitely not deities who sit back and move pieces on a board.’  —  DaveBrendon de Burgh

    • HARBINGER OF THE STORM
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      ‘Aliette de Bodard has done it again. 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. 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. I wish it was 2012 already even if the world is going under while I read the final Obsidian & Blood.’  —  Cybermage

      ‘Bodard’s writing is polished and striking, as she convincingly fills in the colorful elements of the Aztec culture–even if those colors tend to be of blood and bile as well as flowers and hummingbirds… beautiful, grimy, breathtaking, and morbid. 5*’  —  Examiner

      ‘Another thing that intrigues me here is the whole fact that historically we know that the real empire died out mysteriously and completely and as such there is always that thought in the back of my mind that the author could choose to bring about the end of days. That highlighted sense of possible doom is something that is missing from too many novels. The way the story is told in this book is very impressive, the plot is both mature and seductive, twisting and turning like a weather vane in a force 9 gale while the action is both bloodthirsty and imaginative. The world building is fantastic and we get to learn even more of this rich culture and the many gods and creatures of the dark. I really can’t fault this book at all and recommend it to one and all but if you haven’t yet read Servant of the Underworld I suggest that you get them both and read them in order, you won’t be disappointed.’  —  SF Book 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. De Bodard reintroduces the series hero Acatl, high priest of the dead, immediately following the death of the Tenochtitlan leader. 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. But the deaths continue and the political situation grows more complex, while the empire looks to be increasingly at risk of invasion by malignant powers. Acatl must go face-to-face with the most powerful god in his world and put the good of the empire above his antipathy for is rivals to achieve the uneasy succession. De Bodard incorporates historical fact with great ease and manages the rare feat of explaining complex culture and political system without lecturing or boring the reader.’  —  Publishers Weekly

      HARBINGER is well worth the read, if for no other reason than the unique setting. Add to that a well-executed political mystery, sympathetic characters, and a quietly different outlook on heroes and heroism, and we have a fantasy series that deserves some digging into.’  —  Two Dudes in an Attic

    • MASTER OF THE HOUSE OF DARTS
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      ‘Like the previous books, the third in the Obsidian and Blood series abounds with suspects and red herrings. It’s a twisty and colourful tale filled with strange gods who demand sacrifices and pain for the least favour. I liked the way Acatl is beginning to question the way things are, and the first stirrings of doubt are awakening in him. He’s always had misgivings about his own suitability as High Priest, but in this novel his eyes are opened to some of the deeper wrongs done in the name of the empire, and in the name of people’s unswerving loyalty to the gods.’  —  WarpCore SF

      ‘… the final volume features an easily imaginable yet utterly horrific threat. Knowledge of the Aztecs’ historical defenselessness against smallpox heightens the sense of peril, as does the postwar political dissatisfaction that de Bodard adroitly weaves into the background. Meanwhile, the characters face choices with no easy answers—a claim made by many simplistic stories but amply fulfilled here… The series’s ultimate payoff does not come from an action-packed but superficial climax. The quiet coda in which the main characters re-evaluate their fractured ties to one another has more emotional impact. Some once-close relationships may never recover, while others are transformed. A reflective, bittersweet final scene emphasizes Acatl’s role as a mentor and friend. The embittered, out of his depth young man we met in Servant has found a fitting role in both society and the lives of his loved ones. De Bodard’s maturation as a writer, if less dramatic, is clear over the course of the Obsidian & Blood trilogy… MASTER OF THE HOUSE OF DARTS is an accomplished novel, featuring sharply-observed characters negotiating a world where magic does not negate unpleasant consequences, but rather amplifies ethical dilemmas… the trilogy goes out on a high note.’  —  Strange Horizons

      ‘Aside from the innovative setting (have I mentioned I love it? I believe I have), Acatl is a fantastically non-traditional protagonist. High Priest of Death, he turns around the stereotypes to investigate a murder, and in the process questions his own actions and beliefs. He’s a more – not passive, but thinking – protagonist than, say, Harry Dresden. This is relatively low action, with a few notable exceptions, but it’s nevertheless engaging.’  —  Drying Ink

      ‘I found this to be the best book of a very good series. The same positives from the first two books are still present, a very easy-to-read writing style (easy to read but not simple or dumbed down), a quick pace, and some incredible world building, incredible accessibility despite the lesser know pantheon and names. 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. Perhaps this was because in many ways it felt more like a fantasy book than a mystery book, which lends itself better to the “save the world” type story. The magic felt more organic here, it was never used as a crutch, or perhaps it was just better explained. There was a bit less travelling this time around, which also led to a tighter story. 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

      ‘Acatl, is very much at the heart of the story, more so perhaps than the plot. He slowly grows into his position as the High Priest of the Dead throughout the trilogy, while the author moves along a parallel path, her narrative growing into its teller and inhabiting his mind with increasing comfort and self-assurance. Acatl is both the hero and the author’s avatar as she explores her ideas of what a hero can and should be. Perceptive readers will find Acatl to be a very different kind of hero than we are accustomed to reading about, but the action and the mystery proceed so smoothly that some may never notice the gleeful contrariness that lurks below the surface… Acatl is not, and this is apparent from much earlier in the trilogy, a typical action hero. He is not even a typical mystery solver, at least not in the Western idiom… The entirety of the Obsidian & Blood trilogy gets high marks… for creativity, execution, and gentle subversion. Not just recommended, but, to paraphrase Demi Moore in A Few Good Men, strenuously recommended.’  —  Two Dudes in an Attic

      ‘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.’  —  Guys Lit Wire

    • OBSIDIAN & BLOOD Omnibus
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      ‘De Bodard absolutely excels at worldbuilding, and does it in the two best ways; by packing the setting with rich layers of detail, and using character actions and interactions to tell the audience about the world rather than dumping exposition on the readers’ collective heads. As a result, Obsidian & Blood often feels like an well-researched historical novel with elements of fantasy thrown in, and it really works. The novels are certainly helped by the fact that De Bodard populates it with well-rounded and three dimensional characters… Each book is a self-contained story that takes place within a broad narrative arc, and by and large this approach works quite well. While events are mentioned from the novel before, and the storyline of the third book uses the conclusion of the second as a springboard, I get the feeling that you could pick up book two or three and follow them without too much difficulty. All of the novels start with a mysterious death, and follow Acatl trying to unravel the causes of it and uncover the perpetrators, hampered by the efforts of the killers and by political intrigue and Machiavellian machinations. All of this, combined with the first-person narration and the rather grim, gloomy setting, means the books get a rather Noire feel to them. Aztec Fantasy Noire… the Obsidian and Blood trilogy is still excellent, and is a strong contender for the best book I’ve read so far in Female Writers’ Month. I would gladly recommend it to somebody who wants a good mystery novel or a fantasy novel that’s a bit different from the rest.’  —  Verbal Fisticuffs