Kameron Hurley’s God’s War arrives into this melee like a live grenade, lobbed with abandon and not a little mischief. It is a book in which the. God’s War: Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1 [Kameron Hurley] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer. I didn’t have to wait very long for the—as the guidelines for the That Was Awesome series phrase it—“small and/or crystallizing.

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She had run to the gdoswar and the cities for anonymity. Kameron Hurley does an amazing job creating a very realistic dystopian setting. Feb 24, Hobart rated it it was ok Shelves: No gods are involved in the telling of the tale, just a bunch of people who believe in Allah and Jehova in a far future world that seems awfully like the Gaza Strip, only filled with Magicians who control bugs by their will and shapeshifters Shifters.

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Setting aside the fact that this is a world where magicians use bug technology to repair amputations and mortal injuries, the women in this world are bad-ass. But I’d love to see that happen to turn the award on its ear.

Marlane Quade Cook Podcast read by: In part, this is a function of the great weight of backstory Umayma possesses: Nyxnissa would quite clearly kick Conan’s ass. Yet how many novels with a predominantly female cast can a reviewer say that about? Male or female; everyone has mixed motives; varied upbringings and ethics—or lack thereof—drive them towards their decisions.

On the world of the Bel Dames there’s a war raging between two nations. Some of the technology is hybrid-organic, and the bugs play a role in powering vehicles, lighting rooms and in healing. View all 15 comments.

It takes thi I never expected to like this book.

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To survive, Nyx has created a team of independent bounty-hunters that are willing to take http: Masterful Cultural Parallels James — I was amazed with how well Kameron Hurley incorporated cultural parallels with our own world without turning the novel into her own political statement. Grimdark Magazine July 31, at 8: But I figured it out eventually, and once the story got going, the exposition got smoother.


I feel that the book is a bit rough around the edges and I’m not in love with the heavy-handed portrayal of a recognisable modern religion, but I liked it enough to continue with the series. Jemisin asked about whether technology predisposed classification as science fiction in lieu of fantasy.

Then I realized at some point last year, I downloaded it on my Nook app, probably free or some sale. I will also say that the subject matter of the story is very dark, and that the characters and dialogue fit the dark mold for sure. Nyx sold her womb somewhere between Punjai and Faleen, on the edge of the desert. Review Text “God’s War is so good” show more.

It combines fantasy and science fiction to create a strangely familiar alien world that feels perfectly, freakishly, possible. Wow, there are just bugs everywhere. The world is extremely inhospitable, and even relatively short exposure to outside conditions quickly leading to cancers and various other unpleasant consequences.

You will empathize with Nyx for her faults yet be appalled at her lack of human conscience.

I will certainly be looking out for the next few books in the series some time soon: I guess the biggest compliment I can give this book is that it reminded me of a Catherine Kiernan novel, one of my very favorite authors Facebook Google Twitter Print Email.

Nyx is a for Nyx had already been to hell. But cool characters all around, and certainly multidimensional and they all serve their role hurlley the events quite well. Having now read her debut which is the first in a series and one that I want to continue with I can certainly say hurlry Hurley does have a great way of coming up with original ideas that I had never seen done before. Religion is hugely important to all aspects of the novel as it pervades and influences everything. The author was trying really hard to figure it out, how do this, without falling into what we all know and expect in terms of gender s.



For example, the Chenjans are described as being racially distinct from the Nasheenians with black skin instead of huley lighter skin the Nasheenians have, yet Nyx and several of her Nasheenian adversaries are able to wander around Chenja at one point without anybody becoming alarmed. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by uurley. Loved the book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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That oft-used phrase about any sufficiently advanced technology The world that Hurley has created in God’s War feels uncannily believable. There’s no mass killing-off of main characters, a la GRRM, but there is breaking, inside and out.

Topics wise there’s a lot going on here, though I think the main ones have to do with power, sacrifice, and lack of communication, and the cost that comes with them. Plenty more to be found here, bravery vs. While both sides of the war worship the same Hugley and read from the same book, their interpretations are night and day.

Bel Dame Apocrypha 1. Okay, there’s a creature called a graazchak and it can be ridden. Nasheen’s queen is as calculating and perfidious as any man, her legion of bel dames, government assassins who track down deserting males bringing home toxins from the front, as corrupt as the worst all-male mafia.

It was absolutely enormous and complex and well-thought out.

Each country at war has reacted differently. Marlane Quade Cook By: Preview — God’s War by Kameron Hurley. She is joined by an unlikely team every mercenary needs a team of specialists: August hurlsy, at