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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God’s War : Bel Dame Apocrypha Book 1

Interesting as hell, but also frustrating and unsatisfying. Dec 03, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: It quickly becomes clear that the bel dames themselves have become factionalised, some working for the queen, some against, and that they are also unofficially hunting for the missing alien, but also planning to put Nyx and her team out of the picture altogether.

Where did she come up with the concept? August 2, at The nations of Chenja and Nasheen had an Islamic feel, while Ras Tiegans and the aliens seemed to follow an evolution of Christianity. Been meaning to write something about it for some time now, but was struggling with what I wanted to say given that it’s been a year since I read it. Apr 12, Ian rated it liked it Shelves: Like a The Good: Men get drafted as boys and sent to the front–and women volunteer to fight, too.

While there are certainly some narrative hiccups indicative of its status as a debut novel, God’s War is a clever reinterpretation of the war novel.

The world is largely a desert planet and the two main countries, Chenja and Nasheen, have been embroiled in a Holy War for several centuries.


God’s War – Kameron Hurley

To the first point, Hurley’s primary characters are the aforementioned Nyx and Rhys. View all 3 comments. Hurley extrapolates what effect perpetual war would have on a culture and has created a matriarchal society where males are in short supply on the home front. Among the nations of Umamya, only Nasheen seems to have pursued a matriarchal route.

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.

Effectively, all she knows how to do is to kill, which she does well.

And to die for God. 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.

If they’d consistently been, oh, I don’t know, “gene sisters” and “blood sisters,” I would have noted the terms, uurley they’d be defined later, and forged onward. I thought the relatively straightforward plot balanced the complicated setting and ethical issues nicely. Those who manipulate them are called magicians.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In Nasheen, women are effectively in charge because virtually every semi-adult male has been shipped off to the war front. It was engrossing, interesting, and occasionally melancholic.

The religious and gender politics would bear a much more detailed unpicking than I have time for here. If its story is rather less interesting than its ideas, God’s War at least has very good ones.


I had to drag myself through lots of this one–I finished it because of the characterization, and the really good feminist underpinnings. I actually liked Hurley’s prose – it was smooth, professional and polished, and really made me want to enjoy this world more than I do. August 1, at 7: The story told is a dark, brutal story. Nov 23, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 hurlej a weapon that will change the balance of the war.

Her story of Nyx, a remorseless female bounty hunter, is complex but believable, driven forward at a relentless pace. One one side, the writing is fluid and the worldbuilding is spectacular: I appreciated so many things about this book–that the dominant religious ideology was Muslim rather than Christian, that the main characters godswae almost all non-white, that our antihero Nyx isn’t a stick figure, and that she doesn’t stay pretty.

This book is set goeswar Nasheen, a violent matriarchy, and Chenja, a patriarchal, very religious society – and they are at war for All of these elements are pretty balanced when you do get into the story after about the first 50pgs but hurlley certainly a bit of an experience to get used to it.

The setting is in a hugley like location reminscent of the middle east, but burley appears to be a planet settled centuries ago. Refresh and try again.