I ordered this novel with no real idea of what it would be like but having an interest in South American ancient history and I must admit I found the background and history grabbed my interest from the off. There has been a large amount of thought behind the world setting in this book - gods, magic, supersitition and the effect it had on the populace at the time, particularly as it is told from the point of view of the High Priest of death and the underworld.
Whilst a mystery novel based storyline is used, the way the author builds that into the world and makes it into a far more interesting storyline than a standard 'whodunit'. The interplay between characters is very well done as is the depth of character given to the main character. The mystery itself is very well finished and the ending was very satisfying. I have no doubt i'll be buying the next!