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 (which also won a Spanish Ignotus Award in 2018). THE TEA MASTER AND THE DETECTIVE won a Nebula Award in 2019. Also in 2019, IN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE was nominated for a Lammy Award.

In 2022, Aliette was named one of the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders.

The author’s latest two novels are THE RED SCHOLAR’S WAKE and A FIRE BORN OF EXILE. The author’s latest novellas are FIREHEART TIGER and NAVIGATIONAL ENTANGLEMENTS.

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.

Agent Contact: John Berlyne

Author Photo Credit: Chloe Vollmer-Lo


Dominion of the Fallen


Dragons and Blades (Dominion of the Fallen)


Obsidian & Blood (Acatl/Aztec Mysteries)

  4. OBSIDIAN & BLOOD (Omnibus)

Xuya Universe

  • TEA AND MURDER (Audio Omnibus)




Awards & Commendations


Asia Society, Asia 21 Young Leaders (2022)

- Arthur C. Clarke Awards, Best Novel Finalist (2023)
- Locus Awards, Best Science Fiction Novel Finalist (2023)
- BSFA Awards, Best Novel Longlist (2022)
- BSFA Awards, Best Cover Longlist (2022 - Alyssa Winans)

- British Fantasy Award, Best Novella Winner (2021)
- Ignyte Award, Best Novella, Finalist (2022)
- r/Fantasy Stabby Award Best Novella, Finalist (2022)

Dragons & Blades Series
- OF CHARMS, GHOSTS AND GRIEVANCES - Locus Award, Best Novella Finalist (2023)
- OF CHARMS, GHOSTS AND GRIEVANCES - BSFA Award, Best Short Fiction Longlist (2022)
- OF DRAGONS, FEASTS AND MURDERS - Locus Award, Best Novella Finalist (2021)

- Locus Award, Best Novella Finalist (2021)

- Locus Award for Best Collection, Finalist (2020)

- Lambda Award Nominee (2019)

- British Fantasy Award, Best Novella Winner (2019)
- Nebula Award, Best Novella Winner (2019)
- Hugo Award, Best Novella Nominee (2019)
- Locus Award, Best Novella Nominee (2019)
- Seiun Award for Best Translated Story - "Memories", Nominee (Japan, 2020)

Xuya Universe (Series)
- Hugo Award, Best Series Nominee (2019)

- BSFA Award, Best Novel Long-List (2020)

- Locus Award, Best Fantasy Novel Nominee (2018)

- BSFA Award, Best Novel Winner (2016)
- Locus Award, Best Fantasy Novel Nominee (2016)

- Hugo Award, Best Novella Nominee (2013)
- Nebula Award, Best Novella Nominee (2013)
- Locus Award, Best Novella Nominee (2013)

"On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures"
- BSFA Award, Best Nonfiction Winner (2019)

"The Inaccessibility of Heaven"
- Locus Award, Best Novelette Finalist (2021)
- Hugo Award, Best Novelette Nominee (2021)
- Ignyte Award, Best Novelette Nominee (2021)

"In the Lands of the Spill"
- Locus Award, Best Short Story Finalist (2021)

"Children of Thorns, Children of Water"
- Hugo Award, Best Novelette Nominee (2018)
- Locus Award, Best Novelette Nominee (2018)

"Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight"
- Ignotus Award, Best Foreign Short Story Winner (Spain, 2018)
- BSFA Award, Best Short Story Winner (2016)
- Locus Award, Best Short Story Nominee (2016)

"The Waiting Stars"
- Nebula Award, Best Short Story Winner (2014)
- Hugo Award, Best Short Story Nominee (2014)
- Locus Award, Best Short Story Nominee (2014)

- Nebula Award, Best Short Story Winner (2013)
- Hugo Award, Best Short Story Nominee (2013)
- BSFA Award, Best Short Story Nominee (2013)
- Locus Award, Best Short Story Nominee (2013)
- Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, Finalist (2013)

"Scattered Along the River of Heaven"
- Locus Award, Best Short Story Nominee (2013)
- Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, Finalist (2013)

"The Shipmaker"
- BSFA Award, Best Short Story Nominee (2011)

"The Jaguar House, In Shadow"
- Hugo Award, Best Novelette Nominee (2011)
- Nebula Award, Best Novelette Nominee (2011)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer Finalist (2009)



  • Xuya Universe
  • Xuya Audiobook Editions
  • 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: THE HOUSE OF SUNDERING FLAMES (UK, US)
  • Dragons and Blades Series
  • Dominion of the Fallen (Audio - UK, US)
  • Obsidian & Blood Series
  • Obsidian & Blood Series (Audio)



- TorDotCom (US/UK, 2024)

- Gollancz (UK, 2023)
- JABberwocky (US, 2023)

- Gollancz (UK, 2022)
- JABberwocky (US, 2022)

- TorDorCom (US/UK, 2021)

- Red Key Books (Spain, 2022 - Historias de Xuya)
- JABberwocky eBook Program (English-language, world-wide, 2020)
- Subterranean Press (US, 2020)

- JABberwocky eBook Program (English-language, world-wide, 2020)
- Subterranean Press (US, 2019)

- Audible (Audio, 2019)
- JABberwocky eBook Program (English-language, world-wide, 2018)

- İthaki Yayınevi (Turkey, 2023 - Çay Ustası ile Dedektif)
- Red Key Books (Spain, 2022 - Historias de Xuya)
- Mai Més (Spain, Catalan, 2020 - La Mestra Del Te I La Investigadora)
- 竹書房, Xuya Anthology (Japan, 2019 - 茶匠と探偵)
- JABberwocky eBook Program (English-language, world-wide, 2018)
- Subterranean Press (US, 2018)

Dominion of the Fallen Series:
- THE HOUSE OF SUNDERING FLAMES - JABberwocky eBook Program (US, 2019)
- THE HOUSE OF SUNDERING FLAMES - Orion Audio (UK, Audio, 2019)
- THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS - Host (Czech, 2018 - Řád věčných trnů)
- 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 - Blackstone (US, Audio, 2017)
- THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS - Orion Audio (UK, Audio, 2017)
- THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS - Orion Audio (UK, Audio, 2015)
- THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS - Blackstone Audio (US, Audio, 2015)

Dominion of the Fallen: Dragons and Blades Series

Obsidian & Blood Series:
- SERVANT OF THE UNDERWORLD - Mnemos (France, 2024 - Serviteur des Enfers)
- 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

- WSFA Press (2019)
- Tantor Audio (Audio, 2019)
- Fata Libelli (Spain, 2014 - En una estación roja, a la deriva)
- Delos Book (Italy, 2013 - Stazione rossa)
- Nine Dragon Rivers (2013)




      ‘This magnificent space opera from Nebula Award winner de Bodard is simultaneously electric and heartwarming… De Bodard loads the narrative with unexpected twists and intricate interpersonal relationships. Fans and new readers alike will devour this.’Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

      ‘[A] fast, tense story that drives atmospherically forward towards its confrontations and revelations… solidly compelling… NAVIGATIONAL ENTANGLEMENT undergirds itself with a powerful sense of justice, as well as compassion… I loved it. Give me more, please.’ Locus

      ‘This tight book, best enjoyed in a single day, is only a bite-sized story within an imagined universe that could easily exist beyond the central mystery… A quirky Sapphic space opera…’ Kirkus

      ‘Fans of de Bodard’s Hugo Award-winning “Xuya Universe” series will find similarities in this standalone novel, and for those curious about Xuya and looking for a way in, this book includes many of the elements that make that series so compelling, but in a shorter, self-contained work. Readers of SF mysteries inflected with sapphic romance and political or corporate shenanigans … will become entangled in the latest from de Bodard.’Library Journal

      ‘Aliette de Bodard’s latest packs action, political intrigue, and strong character work into a vibrant and enthralling space opera that you can devour in a day. I found the two main characters incredibly endearing and especially appreciated the inclusion of a point-of-view character that reads as neurodivergent, the dual-POV narrative providing a potent representation of how different minds approach and process the same world, events, and interactions. I picked up this book for the promise of sapphics and space drama, and NAVIGATIONAL ENTANGLEMENTS delivered!’ — Oli Schmitz at Boswell Book Company

      ‘Another solid read from Aliette de Bodard. Exhibits all the qualities that one expects from the author’s Xuya novels and novellas: great characters, superb prose, and a few twists here and there. If you are familiar with the author’s work already, then this will no doubt already be on your Must Read list. If you’re new to de Bodard’s work, then I would recommend… well, any of her novellas as a starting place. Recommended’ Civilian Reader


      ‘… intricate and emotional standalone space opera…  de Bodard’s worldbuilding dazzles… a touching sci-fi romance that will delight fans and new readers alike.’Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

      ‘Incredible… This is a world of dizzying tech, gorgeous illusions and twisty political thrills — catnip for readers who enjoyed Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy or Jacqueline Koyanagi’s “Ascension.”’New York Times

      [A]n elaborate tale of revenge, courtly machinations, filial relationships, and a romance… As usual in the Xuya stories, de Bodard weaves a solid adventure; this stands alone and so might be a perfect introduction to the series.’Booklist

      ‘A tense, accomplished space opera, told with de Bodard’s usual vividness and verve.’Locus

      ‘As always, Aliette’s prose is impactful, and the relationships and emotional arcs of the characters are doubly so.’ — Lynne M. Thomas, co-editor of Uncanny Magazine


      ‘A read-in-one-sitting novel with a beautifully-realized setting amid a complex examination of power and consequences, all intertwined with an intense and gripping romance.’Kate Elliott, author of Unconquerable Sun

      THE RED SCHOLAR’S WAKE is a fizzingly inventive space opera, quite unlike anything I’ve encountered before, and told with style, grace, and a big dose of heart. SF is lucky to have Aliette de Bodard.’Alastair Reynolds

      ‘Thrillingly exciting and achingly romantic, THE RED SCHOLAR’S WAKE is rich with political intrigue and piratical adventure. It took my breath away!’Stephanie Burgis, author of Snowspelled and Scales and Sensibility

      ‘Confident, sexy, and touching – THE RED SCHOLAR’S WAKE gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “star-crossed lovers”!’Max Gladstone

      ‘Pirates, politics, sentient ships and unlikely romance all collide in Aliette de Bodard’s sapphic space opera THE RED SCHOLAR’S WAKE… With more tense political and social manoeuvring than rip-roaring action, events progress at a pace that maintains momentum while allowing plenty of time to revel in the texture and wonder of this rich, fascinating setting… With a unique world, a thought-provoking plot and a fragile, achingly believable relationship forming against the odds in the midst of rampant inequality and ever-present danger, this is a perfect novel for readers wanting emotional complexity, warmth and heartache in their space opera.’BSFA

      ‘A top-notch science fiction romance… THE RED SCHOLAR’S WAKE spins a thrilling yarn about pirate rivalries and epic battles, while proving a more-than-worthy addition to the canon of post-human space opera. And the romance is really, really hot. You’ll want to read this one twice: First to hold your breath as these two wives discover each other. And second to soak up all the clever ideas and lovely moment that feel totally human, even in this star-spanning context.’Washington Post

      ‘[W]hen she subtitles THE RED SCHOLAR’S WAKE “a Xuya Universe Romance” we can reasonably expect some of the high passions, miscommunications, betrayals, heartbreaks, sex, and reconciliations that seem to be checkboxes of that genre, and de Bodard delivers on all of them… de Board places the melodrama against the backdrop of flat-out space opera, which she excels at… The last third of the novel, with its space battles, navigational trickery, ship-boardings, sabotage, and desperate last-minute negotiations, is as colorful and satisfying as anything from the classic examples of the form.’Locus

      ‘The world-building here is dense and fascinating, and the plot works well. But the politics of this universe are the novel’s true selling point… the power held and wielded by the women characters is a refreshing change. But the novel is also an examination of the uses and abuses of such power, and well worth reading for that aspect alone.’Asimov’s (Nov/Dec 2023)

      ‘Aliette de Bodard summons the spirit of HG Wells… in some far-flung future galaxy, love blossoms between two lesbian space pirates, one human, the other a sentient ship… Soon the pair are navigating the tricky waters of mutual attraction and virtual sex but must also deal with shifting allegiances among the pirate clans and rescue Xich Si’s daughter Khanh from slavery.’Financial Times (Best New Science Fiction Novels, January 2023)

      ‘What made this truly stand out to me was Aliette’s writing. As mentioned above, Aliette’s prose is outstanding. It is descriptive and evocative without being overwrought, it is witty and full of emotion. Every character, every scene comes to life immediately and plastically, drawing the reader into this world of space pirates, family biological and found and relationships of all sorts. It is at times delicate, and at other times matter of fact and then again it will make you laugh out loud with dry wit. The characters’ maturity makes them stand out in a market saturated with coming-of-age stories across young adult and adult publishing, and it is a true breath of fresh air to read about protagonists coming into their story after a life well-lived, with attachments and history, knowing who they are and what they want. I could not recommend THE RED SCHOLAR’S WAKE more.’Grimdark Magazine

      ‘[A] novel that’s richly textured and full of wonder… the pay-off is an intriguing, compelling character study that’s gentle on the face of things and deeply powerful beneath the surface.’ Track of Words

      ‘Space battles! Arranged marriage! Politics and pirates! Aliette de Bodard has a knack for concocting the most glittery and delicious candy-shell of space opera, and then filling it with a bittersweet romance between two fractured people trying to hold on to their ideals. Every new book of hers instantly becomes my favourite book of hers, and this was no exception.’Freya Marske, author of international bestseller A Marvellous Light

      THE RED SCHOLAR’S WAKE is a quiet, intimate novel, its focus on the personal as driving force for the plot. It’s a book about love, over and above everything else: familial love, romantic love, and love for a community that doesn’t always love you back. And alongside that love, it’s also a book about hope.’Reads Rainbow

      THE RED SCHOLAR’S WAKE takes you on an exhilarating dive into space piracy with passion, politics, dazzling settings, and-even better-a profound core of love transcending hopelessness that rings throughout the story.’Everina Maxwell

      ‘An epic tale of piracy and romance.’ — Gareth L. Powell, award-winning author of Stars and Bones

      ‘LESBIAN SPACE PIRATES. Enough said.’ — Katee Robert, NYT bestselling author of Neon Gods

      ‘So romantic I may simply perish.’ — Tasha Suri, author of The Jasmine Throne

      ‘[A] thrilling story about love, family, and loyalty, but also rebellion, going against expectations, and change. As always, it’s well-written in Aliette’s incredible voice.’ —Narratress

      ‘[T]here is no denying that THE RED SCHOLAR’S WAKE is a fantastical, action-drenched work of fiction that should appeal to a wide-ranging audience. The author’s command of imagery, ceremony, and emotion throughout the narrative is evident, keeping all the threads from flying apart, and bringing her main characters — battle-worn and somewhat unsteady — to the cusp of a very promising forever.’ — That’s What I’m Talking About


      ‘[A] high-stakes lesbian love triangle in this tightly plotted fantasy novella… convincingly combines sex, politics, and betrayal. This is an ideal pick for fantasy fans longing for non-European settings.’Publishers Weekly

      FIREHEART TIGER… is a delicate novella with threads of imperial politics, magical beings, queer romance and the psychology of trauma. It’s a bit of a miracle to feel as if you’ve read a six-book fantasy series in so few pages. This book is elegant and hypnotic as the flame of a candle, and I’ll be thinking for some time about the shadows it throws into relief.’New York Times Book Review

      ‘A fascinating story filled with strong female characters and lush prose, the relationships woven around Thanh evolve into themes of reclaiming the self and recognizing that love can hide the truth about people… a story of love, power, and what burns within. Highly recommended.’Library Journal (Starred Review)

      ‘De Bodard…, as she so often does, packs the world-building and emotional punch of an epic into a shockingly slim novella. This touching romance with the delicate negotiations of a small country’s survival against an imperial adversary would be a lovely place to start with de Bodard’s work, and fans will find more of what they’ve come to love about her stories.’Booklist

      ‘This latest novella by Aliette de Bodard is a moving, engaging tale of politics, love, divided loyalties, and betrayal. It has many of the hallmarks of a great de Bodard story… If you are new to the author’s work, then this novella could serve as a very good introduction… Recommended.’Civilian Reader

      FIREHEART TIGER manages to be about colonialism, about independence, about love and relationships, about parents… Highly recommend this one.’D Franklin

      ‘Award-winning author Aliette de Bodard returns with a powerful romantic fantasy that reads like The Goblin Emperor meets Howl’s Moving Castle in a pre-colonial Vietnamese-esque world.’ Magical Reads

      ‘Sapphic yearning collides with political machinations, ancient and fiery magic, and a transparently colonial threat. The vivid world building in FIREHEART TIGER perfectly frames a brightly burning core of desire & the desperate struggle towards self-awareness, making this perfect read for anyone looking for a short and satisfying dose of Sapphic romance, intense character growth, and immersive imagery.’Second Star to the Right Books

      ‘An excellent story, beautifully written with interesting characters and set in a world I’d like to see more of.’Sean Reads Sci-Fi


      ‘With this lush, immersive sci-fi tale, de Bodard (The House of Sundering Flames) delves into a world as gritty as it is ethereal… De Bodard hints at a vast, fully realized world… readers will be swept away by the vivid prose, intrigue, and romance of this intricate tale. This fascinating, unusual story is sure to entrance.’Publishers Weekly

      ‘A magnificent sf mystery, nuanced, intense, and romantic, with a complex, clever plot nested inside de Bodard’s rich, evocative, and vivid Xuya universe.’Kate Elliott

      ‘Aliette de Bodard is an author whose works I both like (in several cases, the word adore may be more appropriate) and admire… De Bodard’s work is marked by precision and delicacy of prose, by a concern with ethics and relationships, and by the presence of uncaring systems that violently resist critique from without – and even from within… SEVEN OF INFINITIES is a novella concerned with forgiveness, deserved or not, about cages, self-made or otherwise. It concerns itself with growth, with grace, with ruthlessness and its costs and consequences. It’s a tightly written jewel of a story, intense and full of feeling, and I recommend it highly.’Locus (Liz Bourke)

      ‘While SEVEN OF INFINITIES is a perfectly satisfactory mystery, with ingratiating characters and clever puzzles, its main appeal comes from de Bodard’s seamless weaving together of three wildly diverse frames of reference: the structure of a romantic mystery, the far-future space opera-like setting, and the culture of formality and tradition derived from its Vietnamese and Chinese ancestry (the title, for example, refers to a tile from an ancient gaming tradition). In SF terms, de Bodard’s Xuya Universe – a far future descended from an alternate past – is a pretty impressive imaginative construct by itself, but as she demonstrates with stories like this, it’s also a way of rethinking and sometimes reinventing familiar formulas, of defamiliarizing the familiar through the lens of different cultures and histories. But mostly, it’s a lot of fun.’Locus (Gary K. Wolfe)

      ‘… the intricate plot is really the star of this tale… a completely engrossing tale that stretches my imagination. It’s one of the best stories she’s written yet.’Fantasy Literature

      ‘These 14 deeply culture-bound tales, set in the universes of de Bodard’s Xuya and Dominion of the Fallen series, evoke heartbreak from sacrifice, the price of peace, and memories lost. “The Shipmaker” and “The Waiting Stars” tell of mindships that are implanted with human-birthed artificial intelligences that teeter on the line between humanity and technology. In “A Salvaging of Ghosts” and “The Dust Queen,” priceless treasured memories are retrieved at the cost of life and reality. The reader also gets a taste of the dark alternative world in the two Dominion of the Fallen prequel stories, “Children of Thorns, Children of Water” and “Of Birthdays, and Fungus, and Kindness,” in which power and betrayal often go hand in hand. Fans of artificial intelligence will be enchanted by the Xuya stories, while those partial to fantasy with fallen angels will devour the bonus peek into characters of the Fallen. Readers prepared for melancholy and heartbreak will find them finely crafted here.’Publishers Weekly

      ‘All of these tales are a joy to read, even those that are heart-wrenchingly tragic. De Bodard … proves, again and again, that space opera can be intensely personal against its galactic backdrop… This is an excellent introduction to the sheer thematic and emotional range of the Xuya universe, and the tales of fallen Paris are a welcome treat for fans.’Booklist

      ‘a well-balanced collection… I don’t read a great deal of short fiction, but as a collection, de Bodard’s Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight works beautifully for me. I recommend it highly.’Locus

      ‘This stunning collection showcases de Bodard’s lush worldbuilding, meticulous research, and emotional prose. Whether fans of sf or fantasy, readers will find something to dive into here.’Library Journal (Starred Review)

      ‘The thing about reading the stories in Of War, And Memories, And Starlight is that it emphasises just how GOOD the author is at writing in the short form, and how much she can pack in, and how well she treats her themes with different approaches… As I finish [this], the conclusion is only strengthened, and Aliette’s range as a writer highlighted; able to do both utterly heartbreaking and gentle fun, with an incredibly deft hand, fantastic prose, and intensely human characters.’D Franklin


      ‘A science-fictional ode to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, where the Holmes figure is a sharp and biting disgraced aristocratic scholar with a solid core of empathy, and the Watson-figure is a mindship with post-traumatic stress disorder from her war experiences… This is a measured, almost stately story, right up until a conclusion that explodes in fast-paced tension. It preserves the empathy and the intensity of the original Sherlockian stories, while being told in de Bodard’s sharp prose and modern style. The worldbuilding… sparkles. The characters have presence: they’re individual and compelling. And it ends it a way that recalls the original Holmes and Watson, while being perfectly appropriate to itself.’

      ‘De Bodard revisits her far-future Xuya universe setting with this gripping novella about damaged characters driven to search for the truth… De Bodard constructs a convincingly gritty setting and a pair of unique characters with provocative histories and compelling motivations. The story works as well as both science fiction and murder mystery, exploring a future where pride, guilt, and mercy are not solely the province of humans.’ Publishers Weekly

      ‘As a classical blend of far-future SF and traditional murder mystery, THE TEA MASTER AND THE DETECTIVE should satisfy readers unfamiliar with the Xuya universe, but at the same time it’s an intriguing introduction to that universe, much of which seems to lie just outside the borders of this entertaining tale.’ Locus (Gary K. Wolfe)

      ‘De Bodard’s world building glitters, and her characters are deeply compelling… It becomes clear early on that THE TEA MASTER AND THE DETECTIVE is strongly influenced by, if not directly based upon, the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson stories of Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s measured, almost stately, up until the conclusion, where the tension explodes into high gear. It preserves the empathy and the intensity of the original Sherlockian stories, while being told in de Bodard’s cut-glass prose and inimitable modern style. This is a really satisfying story, deeply invested in choosing to do the right thing – and in the importance of kindness. I strongly recommend it.’ Locus (Liz Bourke)

      ‘[A] delicate, gender-bent recasting of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in the far future of her Xuya universe, the gorgeously mannered space opera setting of celebrated novellas… a window onto a beautifully developed world that widens the meaning of space opera, one that centers on Chinese and Vietnamese cultures and customs instead of Western military conventions, and is all the more welcome for it.’ New York Times

      ‘An astonishing Holmesian mystery, in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a spaceship. It is everything I wanted it to be. Tea, space, and mysteries within mysteries.’ Mary Robinette Kowal

      ‘This slim volume packs a visceral punch. Absorbing prose pulls readers into the dark, frigid space between stars, where ships can fail, physically and emotionally, as easily as people… this novella offers sf fans an imaginative read.’ Library Journal (Starred Review)

      ‘In Aliette de Bodard’s excellent, far-seeing THE TEA MASTER AND THE DETECTIVE, an unlikely pair comes together to solve a mystery in the void and to face their pasts. This philosophical thriller is beautifully steeped in de Bodard’s Xuya universe. For readers who are familiar with her mindships, this novella will be a welcome addition. For readers who may be new to Xuya, THE TEA MASTER… is an excellent entry point. The pairing of brilliant-but-hobbled detective Long Chau with the perceptive-but-wounded mindship The Shadow’s Child is one of those matches that creates enough friction on the page to make sparks. Set against a background of dramatic family politics, teas, and high-tech bots, THE TEA MASTER AND THE DETECTIVE is a distinct pleasure for discerning readers.’ Fran Wilde

      ‘It’s difficult to know where to start with the reasons to read THE TEA MASTER AND THE DETECTIVE, there is such an embarrassment of riches. The world, the situation, the delicious idea of a ship playing a particularly intelligent and suspicious Watson to a very secretive female Holmes, the prose that glitters with imagery without once becoming overbearing. Briefly, it’s de Bodard firing on all cylinders, and that should be enough for anyone.’ Jonathan L. Howard

      THE TEA MASTER AND THE DETECTIVE is the Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now I have it. And I want so much more of it.’ Kirkus

      ‘[A] well-imagined alternate future history… I’ve read several linked Xuya Universe stories over the years and I’ve enjoyed them all. Not only are they an imaginative vision of a possible future, but the stories often resonate on a human level. How could those stories possibly get any better? De Bodard found a way: by fusing this culturally rich future with a Sherlock Holmes detective story… This futuristic Holmes and Watson story is as compelling as the finely detailed universe in which it unfolds, but the novella’s real triumph is that it makes the reader crave more even before setting the stage for further mysteries.’ Kirkus (a second review)

      ‘Aliette de Bodard’s new novella in her Xuya universe is a terrific piece of writing, taking the sentient community of ships from Ian Bank’s Culture series, the glittering belt of space habitats from Alistair Reynolds’ Prefect novels, and adding in a compelling pair as the title characters.’ SFRevu

      ‘The mystery, the world, and the characters are a perfect blend, and I absolutely want more of these two.’ Fantasy & Science Fiction

      ‘[A] Sherlock Holmes pastiche unlike any you’ve ever read before… The book packs a remarkable amount of worldbuilding into a compact package—aided by the fact that it is part of de Bodard’s ongoing Xuya series, which stretches across a heap of earlier short stories and novellas, though it stands alone quite well—but it’s the characters who will really stick with you. We can only hope we’ll be following Long Chau and The Shadow’s Child on another case soon.’B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog (Best SFF Books of the Year So Far, 2018)

      ‘… a novella of superior quality and a wonderful way to spend an hour. Aliette De Bodard truly does have the best ideas.’SFF Chronicles

      ‘The story is the sort that is a joy to read and is highly imaginative. It will be on my Short List for Best Novella Hugo next year. Highly recommended.’SF Revu

      ‘De Bodard’s worldbuilding is precise and glittering, elegant and atmospheric… writing is always full of empathy and personality… a lovely little character-focused mystery, and everything about it delights…’ (Hugo Award Novella Spotlight)


      ‘… a beautifully written, bittersweet mystery in a wonderfully imaginative space setting. Readers who are patient and attentive will be amply rewarded by reading this novella.’Fantasy Literature


      ‘This intriguing, Sapphic, Vietnamese take on Beauty and the Beast is recommended for fans of De Bodard’s previous works or readers who enjoy diverse, lushly described fantasy.’ — Library Journal

      ‘De Bodard has taken the outline of a classic fable and turned it into a hall of mirrors as ravishing as it is disturbing.’Locus (Gary K. Wolfe)

      ‘This is a compelling short novel, with vivid and fascinating characters. (It’s so compelling, in fact, that every time I went back to it while writing this review to check a spelling, I found myself car­ried away for pages on end before I could recall myself to my work.) For me, it’s an utter delight: a really enjoyable, polished and gleaming jewel of a story. I sincerely hope de Bodard returns to these characters and to this world.’Locus (Liz Bourke)

      ‘Another stellar offering by Bodard. Her signature intensity is on display in this tale of people (and dragons) struggling to survive in the ruins of an alien conquest. Emotionally complex relationships interweave with richly drawn and deftly nuanced world-building.’ — Kate Elliott, Author of the Court of Fives series

      ‘A transformative experience. With dragons.’ — Fran Wilde, Hugo and Nebula nominated author of The Bone Universe and The Gemworld series

      ‘A dark gender-fluid recasting of Beauty and the Beast with multidimensional dragons that just falls over into novella length and should be on awards ballots’Jonathan Strahan, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year

      ‘Gorgeously atmospheric queer fantasy (…) Like Jane Eyre if Rochester was a woman plus a dragon.’Zen Cho

      ‘… beautifully written. Aliette de Bodard’s prose is always on point. If you want evidence, just read one of her short stories…  de Bodard never fails to create breathtaking and complex worlds… I loved IN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE, and I know I’ll be recommending it going forward.’The Illustrated Page

      ‘[A] closely-observed and darkly compelling Beauty-and-the Beast retelling between a scholar and a dragon… a story that deserves attention: you should all keep an eye out and read it.’Liz Bourke

      ‘As a reframing of a classic fairy tale, IN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE is subversive and bold; as a romance, it is tentative, touching, and sweet.’Barnes & Noble

      ‘It has amazing setup, a huge amount of detailed worldbuilding for such a short book, and a whole host of fascinating characters… This book made me laugh, it made me smile and, unsurprisingly, it made me cry… This book blew my mind, it may be my favourite retelling of the year so far. Because who among us hasn’t fallen in love with a dragon. Just me? Oh.’Chain Interaction

      ‘While I did love the tender, slow-build romance de Bodard has created between Yên and Vu Côn, there’s also beautiful commentary and explorations of family bonds and motherhood, the oppressive nature of small towns, and how people are valued when resources are scarce – all of which were really compelling to read. Vietnamese language and culture are woven throughout the story in a way that sits perfectly with the plot line, which I also loved… I think this book will appeal to anyone who has enjoyed Beauty and the Beast retellings the past, anyone looking for a bit of diversity in their fairy tales (sapphic relationship, Vietnamese-influenced setting and characters, non-binary representation), and for fans of slightly sinister, dark fantasy.’ Foxes Fairy Tale

      ‘I loved the worldbuilding throughout this story… a very enjoyable and often even soothing book, despite some fearful moments and emotional distress for the characters… I’ll follow [de Bodard] to whatever subgenre she wants to explore next.’Skiffy & Fanty

      ‘I always love a good re-imagining of my favourite fairy tale, and this one is exceptional—dark, ethereal, and enchanting.’Samantha Shannon

    • Dominion of the Fallen: THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS

      ‘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.’

      ‘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

    • Dominion of the Fallen: THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS

      ‘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.’

      ‘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

    • Dominion of the Fallen: THE HOUSE OF SUNDERING FLAMES

      ‘If you’ve loved the previous entries in this series, consider it a must read. If you haven’t, know that it delivers an intoxicating blend of gothic mystery, apocalyptic fantasy, and Vietnamese myth—meaty, singular, and satisfying.’B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

    • Dragons and Blades: OF DRAGONS, FEASTS AND MURDERS

      ‘A delightful and delicious story of court intrigue, tense family relations, and – of course – murder, OF DRAGONS, FEASTS, AND MURDER delivers on all three in a tightly plotted and tensely paced novella in which the fate of a country rests in the hands of a soft-hearted dragon prince and his murder husband. With luscious and lyrical prose, de Bodard effortlessly envelops the reader in a rich and expansive world. A fun read, I look forward to immersing myself in the rest of the Dominion of the Fallen series!’K.A. Doore, author of the Chronicles of Ghadid trilogy

      ‘Delightful… Beautiful writing, weird and magical world, fascinating culture and politics, and compelling characters: what more do you need?’KJ Charles, author of Slippery Creatures

      I absolutely loved this… Two charming protagonists (in very different ways), beautifully descriptive writing, a cunning plot, and a thoughtful discussion of the ways that rooted injustice in a system can be changed. Also, dragons. Lots of dragons.’ Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library series

      ‘A delightful political mystery featuring de Bodard’s vibrant world-building, beautiful prose, and compelling characters.’ — Juliet Kemp, author of Shadow and Storm

      ‘Fantasy of Manners but with corpses and a stabby husband. The stabby husband may or may not have produced the aforementioned corpses.’Sara/Sharade, The Fantasy Inn

    • Dragons and Blades: OF CHARMS, GHOSTS AND GRIEVANCES

      ‘A darkly delicious romp full of ghosts, murder, dragons, and romance, with a couple that just keeps getting better and better as they push each other to new limits.’Stephanie Burgis, author of Snowspelled and Scales and Sensibility

      ‘Beautifully described, deeply caring, and satisfyingly murderous, it’s an immersive delight.’KJ Charles, author of the Will Darling Adventures

      ‘This one has everything… I gulped it down when I should have savoured it like a delicate tea, but what can I say.’Freya Marske, author of A Marvelous Light


      ‘ 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.’

      ‘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.’

      ‘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


      ‘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


      ‘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

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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