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REVIEW – Servant of the Underworld (2010) by Aliette de Bodard

December 9, 2010

THE ZONE have my small contribution to Niall Harrison‘s attempt to raise the profile of the current crop of female genre writers.

Sadly, as my review makes clear, Aliette de Bodard’s first novel Servant of the Underworld is really not much good.  As a novel it is painfully under-written and blighted by some genuinely weak characterisation but what most grates in de Bodard’s first novel is the decision to shift from a flawed but admirable psychological register in which a detective-like priest searches for self-definition in a world trembling in fear of the gods to a more traditional action/thriller register in which issues of identity and self-definition are put to one side so that everyone can have a great big punch-up.


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