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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The unresolved tension between them didn’t really work for me: This sort of review is in danger of suggesting that God’s War is a thoughtful examination of the powerful drives and desires which carry a person through life’s tribulations, and if so Gdswar won’t disabuse you of the notion.

C, I hope you recognise I wouldn’t be among the first to argue that only boys do gritty – indeed, I’d be among the last. You will empathize with Nyx for her hurlley yet be appalled at her lack of human conscience.

Sexuality hurlfy open and lesbian relationships are normalized, although male homosexuality is still somewhat hidden. It is this last, and most mysterious, of Hurley’s creations which is most closely related to the McGuffin which drives the novel’s plot.

She’s a walking contradiction and tough as they come. Men get drafted as boys and sent to the front–and women volunteer to fight, too. No character fully escapes the shadow godswaar the religious mania of Umayma; gidswar each interpret it, or disregard it, differently. Caitrin godzwar Hurley definitely gives the impression that she knows every minute detail of Umayma and it gives the whole universe of the novel a rich and deep feel. I feel personally attacked.

But primarily this is a novel with explosions and bullets: I can forgive that, because the world of the book is so original and well-imagined, and because I liked the characters that live in it. At the end, however, I felt like it was forced – the cussing and sexuality all felt a hhrley arbitrary, like the entire world was written just as an excuse to be edgy and sexual.

This makes it a little lumpy in structure at times: It is a lot to pack into a relatively short book, but I think it was done very well. Caitrin — The characters were definitely one of the main strengths of the novel.


God’s War Trilogy – Kameron Hurley

I had to put the book down for a few seconds to fully absorb it. But here’s the problem — I couldn’t force myself to care about any of these characters, particularly the protagonist Nyx. Somehow she retains humanity and a modicum of vulnerability that strikes the perfect tone in her interactions with Rhys who functions as the literary foil to Nyx.

They hodswar come home when and if they live long enough to reach Jemisin Nyx is a bel dame, a bounty hunter paid to collect the heads of deserters – by almost any means necessary. This is an action packed and no holds thriller that will appeal to fans of the dark fantasy genre.

Books by Kameron Hurley. Interesting as hell, but also frustrating and unsatisfying.

July 31, at 8: 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. I will hurlley that I don’t qualify it as an “urban fantasy” as I generally count urban fantasy as being ‘fantasy occurring in modern day earth’, which this story is not.

REVIEW: Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley

Dan, absolutely not you Huroey the boyz’ invention of gritty! I think godewar is too specialized and different. Though you may finish the novel disliking her, Nyx is a real character. A Bel Dame is basically an elite assassin in this world, but this world is anything but normal.

In this strange and brutal place we are introduced to Nyx, a woman who has lost her faith on the battlefield but can’t let go of her own version of honor. There’s no mass killing-off of main characters, a la GRRM, but there is breaking, inside and out. Hurley creates a fully realized alien world, culture and characters unlike any I have ever read. None of that had worked out very well. It’s fresh and it should satisfy those that constantly complain that they keep reading more of the same.


That really seems almost as important as the fact that she exists at all; but as I say I’m not as well-read as I’d need to be to make this argument stick.

There’s been biological evolution.

But I’d love to see that happen to turn the award on its ear. Some characters pray, some don’t, some believe and some hate others for hhrley believing, but what do they actually believe in?

Even as someone who loves dystopian fiction, this book is such a relentless assault of darkness and unpleasantness that it gosswar started to get to me. It is hard to explain, but handled well. The story told is a dark, brutal story. Facebook Google Twitter Print Email.

God’s War : Bel Dame Apocrypha Book 1

Jun 17, Terence rated it liked it Recommended to Terence by: To the first point, Hurley’s primary characters are the aforementioned Nyx and Rhys. Drunk, but no longer bleeding, she pushed into a smoking cantina just after dark and ordered a pinch of morphine and a whiskey chaser. The weak plot hurrley a shame since so much attention was given to other aspects of the story, but this is the first book in a trilogy, so maybe the following books can find a decent story to tell.

I felt like every single culture was fleshed out beautifully, and because of that, the world was plausible and could be sustained burley generations. When the queens calls Nyx’s number for a very particular bounty she and her team drop everything to get back on top. The world Nyx and Rhys inhabit is just as poignant.

Plenty more to be found here, bravery vs. In addition, war has been raging for years, mainly between the countries of Nasheen and Chenja over religious differences.

God’s War – Kameron Hurley

This story world also features shapeshifters that can change from human to bird or dog shape godswarr who have real agency and seem to make complex life decisions. What a fresh and cool world and concept. Hurley takes on issues of gender roles, violence, and religion and does it all with a deft hand.