Servant of the Underworld : Obsidian and Blood

  • by Aliette de Bodard
  • Narrated by John Telfer
  • Series: Obsidian and Blood
  • 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Year One-Knife, Tenochtitlan – the capital of the Aztecs. The end of the world is kept at bay only by the magic of human sacrifice. A priestess disappears from an empty room drenched in blood. Acatl, high priest, must find her, or break the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead. But how do you find someone, living or dead, in a world where blood sacrifices are an everyday occurrence and the very gods stalk the streets? More

What the Critics Say

"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" (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)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great Book with a wonderful setting

Where does Servant of the Underworld rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks towards the top of my audiobook experiences.

The story is deep and compelling with lots of magic to go around. Definitely stuck with my after I finished.


What other book might you compare Servant of the Underworld to, and why?

Off the top of my head perhaps a murder mystery urban fantasy but I can't think of any that come too close


Have you listened to any of John Telfer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to one other performance but haven't finished that book yet. However, I would say that John Telfer's performance here is absolutely stellar. The locations in the story have some very unusual names and John Telfer pronounces them with ease.


Any additional comments?

There is a slight learning curve with this book as you get used to all of the different names and places, but Telfer guides you through them with an expert hand.

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- A. S. Bradshaw

Refreshing story

I longed for a refreshing story like this, distancing myself a bit from European mythology. I haven't had so much suspense at the end of a book in a long time 😆
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- Miklos Tibor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-02-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios