The belief to the seriously acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy:

The yr is 3 Rabbit, and the hurricane is coming.

The Mexica Empire now has a brand new Emperor, yet his coronation struggle has simply resulted in a failure: the armies have retreated with a paltry 40 prisoners of conflict, no longer close to sufficient sacrifices to fulfill the gods. Acatl, excessive Priest for the useless, has no wish to contain himself over again within the intrigues of the strong. even though, while one of many prisoners dies of a paranormal sickness, he has little selection yet to enquire. For it's only one dying, however it aren't the last.

As the our bodies pile up and the imperial court docket tears itself aside, dragging Teomitl, Acatl's liked scholar, into the attention of the typhoon, the excessive Priest for the useless goes to need to decide upon whom he can have enough money to belief; and the place, after all, his loyalties eventually lie...


‘Like the former books, the 3rd within the Obsidian and Blood sequence abounds with suspects and purple herrings. It’s a twisty and vibrant story jam-packed with unusual gods who call for sacrifices and soreness for the least favour. I cherished the best way Acatl is starting to query the way in which issues are, and the 1st stirrings of doubt are awakening in him. He’s continually had misgivings approximately his personal suitability as excessive Priest, yet during this novel his eyes are opened to a couple of the deeper wrongs performed within the identify of the empire, and within the identify of people’s loyal loyalty to the gods.’ —WarpCore SF

‘I came upon this to be the simplest ebook of an outstanding sequence. an identical positives from the 1st books are nonetheless current, a truly easy-to-read writing sort (easy to learn yet now not easy or dumbed down), a short speed, and a few amazing global development, very good accessibility regardless of the lesser recognize pantheon and names. even supposing the second one publication handled a potential finish to the area, grasp OF the home OF DARTS took the same destiny and did it larger. maybe this was once simply because in lots of methods it felt extra like a fable booklet than a secret publication, which lends itself larger to the “save the area” style tale. The magic felt extra natural the following, it used to be by no means used as a crutch, or even it used to be simply higher defined. there has been a piece much less vacationing this time round, which additionally resulted in a tighter tale. The finishing concerned numerous confrontations that have been demanding and plausible, together with a few among those people who are purported to be allies… an exceptional finish to the series.’ —Fantasy assessment Barn

‘Whether you're taking it as old noir or as a hugely actual fable, it’s not easy to not benefit from the Obsidian and Blood books—it’s an ideal healthy for these searching for anything varied from their traditional fare, yet nonetheless intriguing in methods they’re used to.’ —Guys Lit Wire

‘Acatl, is particularly a lot on the center of the tale, extra so maybe than the plot. He slowly grows into his place because the excessive Priest of the lifeless through the trilogy, whereas the writer strikes alongside a parallel course, her narrative transforming into into its teller and inhabiting his brain with expanding convenience and self-assurance. Acatl is either the hero and the author’s avatar as she explores her principles of what a hero can and will be. Perceptive readers will locate Acatl to be a really varied type of hero than we're acquainted with studying approximately, however the motion and the secret continue so easily that a few might by no means discover the gleeful contrariness that lurks lower than the outside… Acatl isn't really, and this can be obvious from a lot prior within the trilogy, a customary motion hero. he isn't even a standard secret solver, at the very least now not within the Western idiom… the whole lot of the Obsidian & Blood trilogy will get excessive marks… for creativity, execution, and delicate subversion. not only urged, yet, to paraphrase Demi Moore in a couple of solid males, strenuously recommended.’ —Two Dudes in an Attic

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For a couple of moments, it appeared as if not anything could ensue. The snake persevered to solidify, a little bit haphazardly – lidless eyes taking where of Nezahual-tzin’s gray ones; fangs showing in the maw, as white as pearls fished from the depths. after which it reared up – no longer leaving the confines of Nezahual-tzin’s physique as I’d inspiration it is going to, yet as a substitute jerking the physique upwards like a children’s doll – there has been a unique crunch made via bones cracking, and Nezahual-tzin’s head bent backwards at an perspective that are supposed to were very unlikely to keep up for a stay man or woman. His eyes opened – and so they have been white, opalescent as big name, and his mouth used to be peppered with fangs, glistening with venom, the feathers of his headdress flaring outwards like a flower blossoming. He screamed, fingers flailing after which falling down unexpectedly, published from the strain that had held them – after which he crumpled like a rag at the dais, the snake fading away to nothingness. I let loose a breath I hadn’t even been conscious of preserving. “My Lord? ” His breath back, loud, ragged. lightly, slowly, he pulled himself upright, his face paler than traditional, yet regaining color with each passing second till it was extra the darkish of cacao beans. His eyes narrowed, the vulnerability long past in a second, dispelled through a very best attempt of will. “Acatl. I see. ” I didn’t imagine he did. Ezamahual and that i had either witnessed his weak point, and no volume of pretence may get rid of that truth. “Can you let us know what occurred? ” Nezahual-tzin grimaced. “Not in such a lot of phrases, no. ” “You have been in trance in entrance of a fountain,” I mentioned. i peeked at Ezamahual; he had thrown himself facedown at the flooring. Oh, gods, I must have remembered – Ezamahual used to be peasant via and during, and he’d walked with sufficient reticence throughout the palace. “Ezamahual, get up,” I stated. “He’s respected Speaker…” “And you’re a clergyman of the Mexica. You don’t solution to him. ” “Not fairly, yet as a ruler of the Triple Alliance, I do savour the respect,” Nezahual-tzin acknowledged. I threw him a caution look powerful adequate to sear the feathers of his headdress, and he smiled again at me. “But Acatl is correct. We can’t very likely have any type of dialog with you mendacity flat at the ground. additionally, you probably did hold me from the fountain. ” He paused on “fountain”, taking a look at me back, watching for extra clarification. I shrugged. “I don’t have a lot so as to add. I met you past within the palace and also you desired to song down the person of Toci’s magic. ” “I keep in mind that. ” Nezahual-tzin’s voice was once thought of. “Not senile but, you recognize. particularly the opposite, actually. ” As befitted a devotee of the Feathered Serpent, god of knowledge and data. I doubted he’d ever have many reminiscence difficulties. yet, if one other goddess had interfered… “You misplaced warriors,” I stated. “I suspect they have been sacrificed to place the spell on you. ” “I see. ” He raised his arms, checked out them within the gentle. His face had long gone not easy. “And what are you doing within the palace? ” “Looking for Xiloxoch,” I stated, as bluntly as he’d requested.

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