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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Kosh, for example, moves boy children to safety in other countries using a network of brothels. God’s War Kameron Hurley.

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 Gurley who control bugs by their will and shapeshifters Shifters. Now, let’s talk about the religious themes. Quotes from God’s War. One prayer more or less wouldn’t make any difference Those who manipulate them are called magicians.

The worldbuilding felt like someone was playing the throw-ideas-at-the-page-and-see-what-sticks game, because there were so many things going on at the same time and none of them made sense together. Part One, the first five chapters, has an entirely different feel to the rest of the novel.

The religious and gender politics would bear a much more detailed unpicking than I have time for here. To survive, Nyx has created a team of independent bounty-hunters that are willing to take http: But I still don’t know what to make of her.

They’re used in their technological advances, for medical procedures, as weapons, transportation, among other uses. This is an Urban Fantasy that is filled with tons of bugs, amazing magic, more bugs, and did I mention the bugs. Paperbackpages. She has a casual, approach to life, death, sex, drink, religion, violence and so on.

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And then the plot starts. It’s when authors akmeron directors decide they’re going to capitalize on a trend provide a strong female role model–and they do so by casting a skinny white girl in a tank top, and telling her to look brooding.


It is a book in which the lead character sells her womb in the very first line, before proceeding to shoot, swear, and shag with little attention to or respect for what might be imagined as the traditional shape of the action adventure heroine. Dialogue is gritty and edgy. Oh, and by the way, Nyx is female. The world is about to find out.

I liked the characters – a diverse squad! August 2, at I went into this book with very, very high hopes – Kameron has gained a pretty great reputation as kamrron “very dark” writer, and while I read this description as an urban fantasy, I still had pretty high expectations.

I had to put the book down for a few seconds to fully absorb it. 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. God’s War is a second world fantasy novel written in a technologically advanced society.

God’s War by Kameron Hurley was a top read of mine last year, and my favorite novel from a debut author with a tough competition. This is a debut book by Kameron Hurley and whilst I haven’t ever read anything by Hurley before now I had heard a lot about the originality and uniqueness of her ideas and concepts. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. 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.

The ending for me, though, was stellar.

God’s War – Kameron Hurley

I appreciate dark, ‘realistic’ worlds – ala Abercrombie, Lawrence, etc. I don’t like feeling “phew” when I finish a book, and that’s where this one left me. But here’s the problem — I couldn’t force myself to care about any of these characters, particularly the protagonist Nyx.


But is such novelty enough to rescue the narrative from other awkwardness? It is rather hard to deny it, and it rather earns all the visibility it can muster.

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The upside is, she gets to bed the boxer. All of these elements are pretty balanced when you do get into the story after about the first 50pgs but it’s certainly a bit of an experience to get used to it. This review was also published at www. This countervailing voice, however, is depicted as blinkered and extremist: This approach is fitting. That’s one of the things I loved about this book–its bold creation of a world where women dominate, and where women are socially, physically, and in all other ways tough and capable.

It’s not that I didn’t like them, it’s that they didn’t always feel developed nor thematically coherent. Dec 29, Jon rated it liked it. 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. Reading this novel gave me that. Usually the reasonable facsimile doesn’t have a realistic or profound story arc, or much character development if she’s a secondary character she may be defined solely by a skill, like rock climbingor much 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.

It’s an adventure, a battle and a never ending war.

God’s War – Kameron Hurley

Basically, it’s a debut, and it interested and annoyed me in shifting proportions. Much is left unexplained, not leas the presence of off-worlders. That said, it didn’t do as much for me as I’d hhrley.