Master of the House of Darts

Master of the House of Darts The year is Three Rabbit and the storm is coming The coronation war for the new Emperor has just ended in a failure the armies retreating with a mere forty prisoners of war not near enough sacrifice

  • Title: Master of the House of Darts
  • Author: Aliette de Bodard
  • ISBN: 9780857661609
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The year is Three Rabbit, and the storm is coming The coronation war for the new Emperor has just ended in a failure, the armies retreating with a mere forty prisoners of war not near enough sacrifices to ensure the favor of the gods.When one of those prisoners of war dies of a magical illness, ACATL, High Priest for the Dead, is summoned to investigate File Under FThe year is Three Rabbit, and the storm is coming The coronation war for the new Emperor has just ended in a failure, the armies retreating with a mere forty prisoners of war not near enough sacrifices to ensure the favor of the gods.When one of those prisoners of war dies of a magical illness, ACATL, High Priest for the Dead, is summoned to investigate File Under Fantasy Magical Murder Aztec Mystery Human Sacrifice The Gods Walk e book ISBN 9780857661616

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    1. 4.5Revered Speaker Tizoc is back from his coronation war with only forty prisoners. When people start dying from what seems to be a plague caused by magic, Acatl realizes that the Fifth World is in danger. Again. Only this time the actions of the High Priests gave the opportunity to their enemies. I can't say how and why because of what happens in Harbinger of Storm (my favourite of the three books). To make everything worse, it seems even some of the gods are afraid.You could say that Acatl stu [...]

    2. If you want to take a plunge into the bloody realm of the Aztecs as Acatl, High Priest of the Dead, tries to unravel the mystery behind a mysterious illness spreading in the capital, then this book is for you. It's filled with palace politics, ancient gods, costly magic, and growing tension as the plague grows in severity. One particularly nice aspect of reading this book is that it paints a balanced portrait of a highly civilized Aztec society that nonetheless engages in regular human sacrifice [...]

    3. I enjoyed reading Master of the House of Darts as much as the previous two novels. We see a bit more confident Acatl in this novel, despite the fact that he is dealing with unintended consequences of his own actions. He is not a particularly optimistic character but his dark moods fits the dire situation the Mexica Empire is in. It was a nice touch to see that even the gods fear what might happen if the fifth world (the current one according to Aztec mythology) were to come to an end. Readers of [...]

    4. First posted hereThird, and currently last, in the series, Master of the House of Darts once again follows Acatl as he investigates threats to the empire, and the mortal world itself. A quick recap for those unfamiliar with the series. Acatl is the High Priest for the Dead, who in his duties of ushering the dead to his master also does his best to keep people from messing with the boundaries that protect the world. Magic is real, gods are accessible (on their own terms of coarse), and blood fuel [...]

    5. The final book of the trilogy had the hallmark mystery that made the first two interesting, but there were two areas in which it struggled that made this less enjoyable to read. The first is that the magic we saw was beginning to feel routine, diminishing the sense of wonder the reader gets when exploring Acatl's world. There was a lot of repetitive phrasing that made magical scenes feel dull, and some of the magical discoveries felt too rushed to be exciting.The second, more important flaw, was [...]

    6. I'm not going to do a full review, since there's no need for a synopsis - enough of them out there already. Let's just say, that Acatl has to solve another murder mystery threatening the existence of the Fifth World in this noir fantasy, based in 14th century Tenochtitlan.It's like I assumed in my review of the first volume. The author has by now fully grown into her art. Gone are the repetetive and overpronounced introspections of the MC. Gone are the -sometimes- very non-sequitur dialogues and [...]

    7. There's a certain formulaicness you start to feel creeping in when you read too many mysteries in a row. The confused detective, with everyone turning to him for answers and very few allies to help him leverage his way out. I don't know if it strikes everyone that way, but it's there with Harry Dresden and Matt Richter and I can't think what, now, but it feels so familiar.Still, Master of the House of Darts did surprise me, in some ways. Mihmatini had a big role, still, despite being Acatl's lit [...]

    8. igh priest continues to solve crimes, avert the end of the world. The noir parallels are rather explicit, now that I think about it: Acatl is the ex-cop who left the force because the top brass were all corrupt and he couldn't stomach the ass-kissing needed to get ahead. Okay, it's not a perfect parallel -- he never was "on the force" -- but the "last honest man, refuses to play politics" theme is very much there. This is the point in the series where he has friends and allies, but he's not sure [...]

    9. Magical Mysteries in the Time of the Aztec Empire: an interview with Aliette de BodardAliette de Bodard, a 2009 finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, wraps up her Obsidian and Blood trilogy this November with Master of the House of Darts. The series is a “cross between a historical Aztec fantasy and a murder-mystery, featuring ghostly jaguars, bloodthirsty gods and fingernail-eating monsters.” In all three installments, de Bodard masters the atmospherics needed to pull [...]

    10. When one is reading a series, it's inevitable that one begins to develop expectations, or attempts to make predictions, regarding what will happen next. One grows attached to certain characters, and based on events that have already happened, one may attempt to guess what will happen to those characters, as well as how the rest of the plot will impact them, and how they themselves will impact the plot. Will they die, and will that death be a vitally important one, or will it be some nondescript [...]

    11. I have less and less to say as the series goes on since, well, I zoomed through the second and third books so quickly and because all the good stuff from Book 1 continues and holds up well as it goes through. In a way, the trilogy feels more like one big book in my mind rather than three separate books. The main threat in Master of the House of Darts is plague. It's an interesting choice of threat in that it plays on Acatl’s ongoing reluctance to rest and not let himself be run into the ground [...]

    12. An enjoyable conclusion to the trilogy! Overall I think I liked the second book the best, but Master of the House of Darts was also excellent. The plague thing was super creepy (and gross aaah I made the mistake of eating while reading these books SO many times! :D). I liked seeing Acatl take more steps in his journey to become a true High Priest and become more confident. Having him take the lead was nice to see, and (view spoiler)[it was great when he had to oppose Teomitl (hide spoiler)]. My [...]

    13. (Repost from drying-ink/2011/1 )Steampunk. Urban Fantasy. Alternate History. They're all steps out of the generic European Fantasyland, and I love them for it.But never - to my knowledge - have we seen an Aztec urban fantasy mystery: and one taking as its protagonist a priest of death (generally reserved for those antagonistic cults in most fantasy, complete with ominous latic chanting). I've gone on about fantasy taking its inspiration from outside Europe, and this is proof that when it happens [...]

    14. The Aztec godpunk trilogy that began with Servant of the Underworld and continued in Harbinger of the Storm comes to its Obsidian-y and Bloody end in this last volume but as should be the case in any good mystery series, Master of the House of Darts stands perfectly well on its own, even though we take up the thread of the story very soon after the conclusion of Harbinger.The middle volume was all about the struggle for succession, and ended with the more or less expected victor emerging as Reve [...]

    15. This third book in the Obsidian and Blood trilogy, also in omnibus form, sees Acatl, High Priest of the Dead, trying to deal with a magically conjured plague that is threatening to sweep through Tenochtitlan following Tizoc's triumphal return from his first war as Revered Speaker (Emperor). Tizoc needs a resounding victory to cement his place and provide many prisoners for sacrifice as only blood will appease the gods. The war is proclaimed a victory even though Tizoc's warriors have only manage [...]

    16. This is the third and (presumably) last book of Obsidian and Blood. If you've read the previous two books, you know more or less what you're in for: Acatl, high priest for the dead, must investigate a mysterious death, and along the way, discovers that all is not what it seems.This book takes place three months after the last book, right as the soldiers are returning from the Coronation War for the new Revered Speaker. A mysterious, magical plague is striking the city, and Acatl must seek out th [...]

    17. The book starts about three months after the end of the previous one. The Mexica Empire has a new ruler, the Revered Speaker, but he hasn’t yet consolidated his rule with the gods. In order to do that, he needs to get lots of war captives and sacrifice them. However, when he gets back from the Coronation War, his warriors have captured only a small amount of enemies and during the welcome ceremony one of the Mexica warriors falls down, dead. Acatl suspects that he died of magic and wants to se [...]

    18. After two volumes, I've become strangely familiar with this alien setting and those characters. So reading the third book was a relaxing read, kind of like coming home. A bloodier version of home, rather.The flipside is that it felt repetitive and kind of boring. I don't think #2 was all that different than #3. I felt the heavily red-herringed plot was rather uninspired and the goings on often formulaic, as if the author was talked into writing a trilogy. At times, the book even felt rushed.Some [...]

    19. Ok I want to start by saying that I picked up a massive copy the whole trilogy on a whim while I was buying popcorn at the Shoppette on base. I saw the cover and thought, "Ohhhh big book about Mexica, sounds good". I had never heard of them before that moment, and before I knew it, I was on a whirlwind adventure through one of my favorite times. Bodard does a fantastic job of building the plot slowly; sometimes agonizingly slow as a matter of fact. This only add the to the allure and keeps you f [...]

    20. A thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. It began with a wonderful character arc for the main character, from determined slacker to a high official determined to keep his integrity, and ends here beautifully with mastery and mentorship. The theme here is "chickens come home to roost," unsurprisingly, given the immense moral compromise at the heart of Book 2. There's no right answer to the dilemmas it raised, and the paths of stability and change are both explored honestly and unblinkin [...]

    21. One of the things I like about this series is, despite being a collection of three mysteries, the books themselves don't feel like they're rehashing the same plot over again. Acatl grows as a character throughout the series and the challenges he faces, both intellectually and emotionally, reflect that. Ad the mystery elements are also excellently done. De Bodard never resorts to making her detective stupid for the purposes of the investigation and it feels as though Acatl is always one step ahea [...]

    22. Once again, Bodard writes a fast paced mystery adventure that when you reach about halfway through, just be prepared to stay up late to finish the rest of the book that night. I was trying to describe Acatl the high priest to someone and all i could come up with was 'He's like the combination of Brother Cadfael and Harry Dresden, but in ancient mexico' Lots of fun! Excellent job of world-building!

    23. Another masterful mystery from Mlle de Bodard, with death and plague showcasing the horror of an Empire on the verge of collapse due to the weak leadership of Revered Speaker Tizoc. Acatl and Teomitl remain brilliantly executed, though I felt that the SheSnake could have made more of an appearance. Acamapictli was also fully and well drawn here, showing that while he is a self-centered plotter he is, more or less, on Acatl's side for now :)

    24. de Bodard continues doing solid work in this historical fantasy/mystery series. A plague starts spreading through the Aztec capital and Acatl, High Priest of the death god, has to find a way to stop the magical curse behind it. de Bodard does a great job making the Aztecs more than just bloodthirsty savages.

    25. This is a beautifully written book. It's another murder mystery incorporating the myths and magics of the Latin American culture. Unfortunately, after reading the first two in the series it seemed a little repetitive. While it wrapped up some of the events in the previous books, it was just another murder mystery and took a while to get through.

    26. Having not read the first 2 and jumping strait into this one i found i alittle hard to get a handle on emotions of the story. But by the end i was into it, I wouldn't say i am happy to recomend it utill I have read the others, so suggest to others to start at the begining and could be rather impressed!

    27. It was good to hear about the characters that I have enjoyed but there was a lot of repetition. Not just from the previous book but within itself. It felt almost as if the author was just trying to fill pages by repeating what she just said.

    28. I love to read a book in which the magic is woven so well into the lives of characters and the story that I suspend disbelief without realizing it. To me, that is magical realism at its finest. Oh, of course this one has magical murders, too. All very real.

    29. Just a brilliant series. Classic murder mystery, really. Political intrigue, revenge, and yeah, gods and lots of blood. I read the entire series (some 900 pages) in about a week and a half and I wasn't bored once.

    30. I enjoyed the book, and admired all the historical detail, but I just never got fired up about it. It felt too low-key and too slowly-paced to be the climax of a series. Still, I felt deeply immersed in the world and its mythology as I read it, and that counts for a lot.

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