Aliette de Bodard is truly international. She was born in the US, grew up in France, is half-Vietnamese,
and writes in English about Aztec priests. As well as novels, she has written a number of fantasy and
science fiction short stories.
The Revered Speaker has died, and the High Priest for the Dead must keep order so that his successor has an empire left to rule over. The second book in the Obsidian and Blood series. Released in 2011.