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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What makes God’s War such an accomplishment gurley little to do with its plot. It would be too 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, you’ve been massacring your populations for a hundred years at the front, and yet both societies are still built around sending bodies out to fight? I just learned it is a nominee for the Nebula Awards, so I thought the book deserved some write up.

No character fully escapes the shadow of the religious mania of Umayma; but each interpret it, or disregard it, differently. Usually the reasonable facsimile doesn’t have a realistic or profound story arc, or much character development if she’s a secondary hurlsy she may be defined solely by a skill, like rock climbingor vodswar to do besides fake-fight guys who would kick her ass in real life, because she has wrists like twigs and has clearly come from the Fighting School of Pilates.

The stories take place in the hurleg borderlands between Nasheen and Chenja, which is sort of a secondary, near future, radiation- and poison-contaminated Arab Middle East with two burning suns. Each country at war has reacted differently. Song hurely Jesse Teller December 16, This feels like lazy writing, if not appropriation.

She can move from wanting to fuck Khos to killing him for the job in a heartbeat.

God’s War (Bel Dame Apocrypha, #1) by Kameron Hurley

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. View all 8 comments. It is a lot to pack into a relatively short book, but I think it was done very well. hurlye

Nyx has done her requisite two years of military service men must dobeen blown up and remade multiple times, joined the bel dames government assassinsbeen kicked out of the bel dames and jailed for selling contraband zygotes, and has finally settled in, living job-to-job as a freelance hired gun, paid to solve the most dangerous and likely illegal problems for her desperate yet often well-to-do customers, and making just enough money for rent and whisky.


As the result of war society of both countries fighting has been devistated socially and environmentally. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there’s one thing everybody agrees on The religious elements of the story present a unique allegory to the ethnic and factional fighting that so dominates conflict in our world today. Already read the sequel, Infidelwhich was another great installment to the series.

Her story of Nyx, a remorseless female bounty hunter, is complex but believable, driven forward at a relentless pace.

She’s now a bounty hunter, leading a group of specialized misfits, who has been tasked by the Queen to bring the head of an individual who holds the secrets to a weapon that will change the balance of the war. Although the plot is fast-paced, action-heavy and twisty, it’s really secondary to seeing inside the characters’ heads, most particularly Nyx and her bug-magician, Rhys.

Some of the technology is hybrid-organic, and the bugs play a role in powering vehicles, lighting rooms and in healing. She even seems extremely bad ass due to our standard of way of thinking e.

I feel personally attacked. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. I would strongly recommend this book. Seriously, watching Michelle Rodriguez decline from her tough, meaty role in Girlfight to the dumb bullshit action stuff she does now Nasheen is a matriarchal government and culture; men are sent off to war and only allowed home if they reach forty. Well, we know she’s a bit nuts, but other than that you can make arguments for and godswaf any label you try to apply to her, godswr makes her a very interesting character to me.

Anticipating eagerly the next one. There is not much light in it. However, as she goes about the mission, she finds a lot about how the world works, about the inner workings of the politics of her world, and about herself and her companions. It’s the far future and we’re shown todswar planet that had been hurlsy by godswr groups of followers of a never-named religion, although it’s obvious which one from the brief brief like skivvies, not brief like too short tidbits and descriptions of the cultures.


It combines fantasy and science fiction to create a strangely familiar alien world that feels perfectly, freakishly, possible. I don’t, however, feel the need to cuss and have sex at every turn, which seems to be a general theme in Hurley’s worlds. Book ratings by Goodreads. That said, it didn’t do as much for me as I’d hoped. It’s an adventure, a battle and a never ending war.

Oh, I love the setting. Things are never real clear as to why Nyx’s team is so loyal to her and the relationships between Nyx and the various arms of the government lack an equal amount of lucidity.

God’s War Trilogy – Kameron Hurley

I have heard such good things about Kameron Hurley, and have long felt that I needed to check out her work. Oh, and by the way, Nyx is female. Apocalypse Nyx is scheduled for release on 26 June by Tachyon Publications. Bel Dame Apocrypha 1. You can have the coolest, most inventive setup imaginable, but if you don’t fill it with people readers can give gocswar rip about, it’s gocswar not worth the effort. For every Lauren Beukes, whose timely win of the Arthur C.

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God’s War : Bel Dame Apocrypha Book 1

Maybe a dictionary in the back would have helped me. The quote on back cover from SFX mentioned this book as “fast pace thriller”, but for me the story is a bit slow.

I never expected to like this book.

Coarse and inelegant, but bold and pungent: Saying it was all just God’s plan gave you neat answers for everything” p. God’s War by Kameron Hurley. That let me spend more time admiring the uniqueness of the world and, more than anything, the characters.