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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This is an action packed and no holds thriller that will appeal to fans of the dark fant 5 stars.

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Give them a try. That is a killer opening, isn’t it? Hurley takes on issues of gender roles, violence, and religion and does it all with a deft hand.

The writing has this fleshy oomph to it, enough that I was able to stick to it over the weeks I needed to read it in small, limited bites. Though there were a few places where it erred in the other direction with info dumps–Taite’s backstory comes to mind here. Some characters pray, some don’t, some believe and some hate others for not believing, but what do they actually believe in?

Plenty more to be found here, bravery vs. Anticipating eagerly the next one. I think it is too specialized and different. Check Bitten by Books for a full review. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. In part, this is a function of the great weight of backstory Umayma possesses: It’s an adventure, a battle and a never ending war.

Drunk, but no longer bleeding, she pushed into a smoky cantina just after dark and ordered a pinch of morphine and a whiskey chaser.

God’s War – Kameron Hurley

It seemed to be messy, disorganised, and tapping into a style of feminist sf that I personally considered to be old-fashioned. She even seems extremely bad ass due to our standard of way of thinking e.

The story and characters are too dark and a bit tedious for my taste. But that is a simplistic description of the social hurleey in godwwar book, it is much more complex. It’s never truly clear quite whether there is ‘magic’ in the conventional sense within this story or whether it’s more genetic engineering so this is certainly a blurring the lines of Sci-fi kameronn Fantasy. Though there’s some complexity to the plot, it seems evident to me kammeron the author doesn’t have much interest in spoon feeding the reader.


Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Apr 12, Ian rated it liked it Shelves: I read it about a year ago now, and it hit me square between the eyes because it did everything I’d been wanting an sf novel to do in one go. I loved that this book doesn’t dredge up the reasonable facsimile.

Jon Courtney Grimwood and Peter Watts. View all 5 comments. I also liked the characters, loved the setting, was carried along by the plot — to the extent that even the structure works for me, it feels as ornery as the protagonist, rather than awkward per se — but there is a sense in which those things come to mind second when I think about the novel.

God’s War – Kameron Hurley

Thus, she is surprised to be summoned to the palace to be given a task, to hunt down a missing alien visitor, who has access to genetic technology which, so the Queen believes, can put an end to the war. There’s a question to be asked of a novel which relies so heavily on the trappings of religion whilst at the same time dismissing it in this way, but by the same token the sincerity and intensity of the beliefs of its characters have such an effect on their actions and motivations—”You must have had a powerful belief once,” Rhys challenges Nyx about her involvement in the war, “to take you out there” p.

The main characters, also, are all so broken or pessimistic that it’s often hard to find them very likeable, particularly when it comes to view spoiler [doomed romances, that make them behave more like high school students than life-hardened bounty hunters hide spoiler ]. I have a feeling I’ll be reading ’em.

But I really do hurely to read Hurley’s sixth or seventh book, somewhere around there, because she’s got something here and I really want to know what it’s going to grow up to be. I was very happy to learn that two more novels are going to be published.


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 plot 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.

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. She has a full, complete character arc, a history, and presumably a future–since mameron is the first book in a trilogy. But govswar the problem — I couldn’t force myself to care about any of these characters, particularly the protagonist Nyx.

We see her further downfall, skip ahead to years later where she’s in a rut but with a loyal team, and then the destruction of the team.

Unlike Abercrombie’s version of the tough female, Nyx comes off authentic; less a force kameronn nature, and more irrecoverably broken by the life she’s led. Wow, there are just bugs everywhere. Hruley not really as confusing as I make it out to be.

Of course, lots of science fiction and fantasy introduces unfamiliar elements. But the reader comes only slowly to realize this, since one of the oddest aspects of this otherwise explosive novel is how paradoxically slowly its story moves. One suspects this will come to the fore again in the sequel.