Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
When was the last time you read a detective novel set during the time of the Aztecs?
Yeah, that's what I thought.
I loved two things about this novel--the setting (Tenochtitlan was the Venice of the Americas), and the main character, Acatl. He's a reluctant high priest who just wants to give people the last rites instead of playing politics like the other priests in the city. When his brother is accused of murdering a beautiful woman, Acatl steps into investigate. Lots of magic (or gods, whichever you prefer) here and they anger easily and don't always play nicely. Acatl manages to never sleep and I picture him as an American Wallander--stressed, rumpled, and not having time to eat.
I found out about this book on a list of diverse fantasy and I'm glad I did!
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