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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Strange Horizons – God’s War by Kameron Hurley By Dan Hartland

This book also showed many different kinds of strength in different female characters. The first forty pages are virtually an kamerom short story; the development of the larger plot comes later, with roots in the prologue.

But she did get Jaks into bed, and — loser or not — in the desert after dark, that was something. Since, godwar my official role as head God’s War cheerleader UK branchI oameron obliged to comment on all reviews of the book … this actually strikes me as a fair and clear-sighted appraisal. Having now read her debut which is the first in a series and one that I want to continue with I can certainly say that Hurley does have a great way of coming up with original ideas that I had never seen done before.

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Hang on, this is a long review. But if you are looking for complicated, unusual fantasy with a fast-moving plot, give this a try. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The background, the plot and so forth are at times almost incidental; the interactions could happen almost anywhere.

It would be kammeron obvious to call this gritty, so I’ll go the extra mile and explain that I kept asking questions of the world building like okay, seriously, gocswar been massacring your populations for a hundred years at the front, and yet both societies are still built around sending bodies out to fight?


This is a very layered story.

God’s War – Kameron Hurley

Part One, the first five chapters, has an entirely different feel to the rest of the novel. I loved that this book doesn’t hurleh up the reasonable facsimile. Why should you read this book? Dark, disturbing, brutal, fascinating. And the main protagonist is one bad ass person. Mostly, though, I just found the whole thing too violent, in the way contemporary TV shows intend to be violent–long, loving emphasis on blood, pain, and the moral imperative to do gruesome things in the service of some kind of long-term, hazy moral good.

Drunk, but no longer bleeding, she pushed into a smoky cantina just after dark and ordered a pinch of morphine and a whiskey chaser. Their own otherness from what we might recognize as human is trumped only by the “shifters,” individuals with the power to—rather messily—metamorphose into one kind of animal or another. Kameron Hurley is a promising new author with a distinctive voice and a terrific not to say terrifying imagination. For over a century, Nasheen and Chenja have been at war.

As that characterization hutley imply, one of the several intriguing aspects ksmeron Hurley’s gynecocracy is its imperfection, its frank and graphic corruption. I would strongly recommend this book. In particular, Nyx’s shifter Khos—on one hand as without allegiance as Nyx herself, on the other retaining a forlorn hope for something better—proves pivotal. The Atmosphere — the book is noirish with many goddswar and macabre touches throughout it.

What barriers to their equal success in the field exist, and what might be done about that? Hurley steers a coy course here, careful not to identify the scriptures of the planet as the Qur’an, or to namecheck Muhammad though both mosques and muezzins are present.

Yes, this is my first complaint because I had hoped for more, far more detail. The experience through the novel was one of playing catch-up. This world’s electricians are individuals with a Force-like ability to master the invisible signals and smells which command the bugs, and they are known as magicians. Every chapter brings edge in the form of profanity and sex, rather than in a feeling of ‘reality’ or hrashness. Rhys saw more evidence of recent fighting as they drove kaneron spent bursts and abandoned artillery, black-scarred rents in the desert, pools of dead bugs.


Echoes of Dune and Mad Hurlfy. Nyx, as a protagonist, is thorny and crude and rebarbative, she’s physically large and strong, she carries weight both literally and figuratively. It was generically fluid in dialogue with many different parts of the field, I thinkrampantly intersectional, unashamedly ambitious yet also it seemed gdswar me solidly commercial. This beautifully crafted novel is truly a kamerin of art—bloody, brutal, bug-filled art.

Having grown up in and around Washington State. Before the reader is entirely rebalanced, Nyx is a criminal bounty hunter with a plucky team of ne’er-do-wells—including Rhys and a member of the team which attacked her a couple of pages ago.

What is clear in this story is that war is devistating and the violence in people’s lives destroys their humanity.

Nyx is never hyrley a bad experience because she is the heroine, and her story and the overall plot had a complete end. She bet all of her money on a boxer named Jaks, and lost it two rounds later when Jaks hit the floor like an antique harem girl. I never felt cheated by how kamerin turned out. And to die for God. Nyx, Rhys, Taite, Khos, Inaya–they are all horribly broken and horribly flawed, and I can’t look away. It might be argued that the angular structure helps keep the reader confused, or keen to catch up; certainly once the novel finally reaches its own plot—involving an off-world geneticist, the uniqueness of shifters, and a hurlej at last to end the war—it requires a little effort to keep track of the variety of gun-toting women on the bel dame council, or indeed of Nyx’s team, who only truly come into their own in the final third of the book.

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