God's War: Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1 by Kameron HurleyGod's War: Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1 by Kameron Hurley

God's War: Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1

byKameron Hurley

Paperback | August 9, 2013

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Hugo Award-winning author Kameron Hurley's blood-soaked, inventive sci-fi/fantasy mash-up debut is reissued in mass market.

Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn't make any difference...

On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there's one thing everybody agrees on:

There's not a chance in hell of ending it.

Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx's ugly past makes her the top pick for a covert recovery. The head they want her to bring home could end the war-but at what price?

The world is about to find out.
Kameron Hurley is the acclaimed author of the novels God's War and The Mirror Empire. She has been awarded two Hugo Awards, the Kitschky Award for Best Debut Novel, and has also been a finalist for the Nebula Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the British Science Fiction and Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award. Visit her online at Kamer...
Title:God's War: Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:August 9, 2013Publisher:Night Shade BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:159780214X

ISBN - 13:9781597802147


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bugs, blood and brutal women indeed. Pros: unique, diverse cast, interesting world and politics / Cons: limited description, slow beginning / Nyx used to be a Bel Dame, a government sponsored assassin sent after deserters from the war with Chenja. But after a bad job she's stripped of her membership and left doing dirty mercenery work. Her team consists of misfits escaping one thing or another: a Ras Tiegan communications man, a Mhorian shape shifter, a gun loving local (poached from a former boss) and a Chenjan draft dodger, whose magical abilities of controlling bugs are limited. When they're offered a well paying - but dangerous job, Nyx takes it, not realizing it would pit her against the toughest, most dangerous women in Nasheen. / Described by the author as being a book about "Bugs. Blood. Brutal women." and "bugpunk at it's best" this was a... unique read. Heavily influenced by middle eastern culture, the book takes place on a planet colonized by several groups of people, all followers of the book. Each group interprets the book differently though, which has led to a centuries long war among the Nasheenians and the Chenjans. The politics, both between the nations and within Nasheen (where most of the book takes place) are fascinating. / The characters themselves are interesting, each having their own reasons why they've left their homelands to live in Nasheen, and why they're working for Nyx. There's a good balance between action and development, so you get the chance to really know what motivates each of her team members. / I would have appreciated more description and deeper world building. I had to look up what a burnous was (a long cloak with a hood that everyone in the book wears) as there was no proper description of it (I got that it was worn over clothing and had a hood and pockets, but didn't know it was a cloak rather than a jacket). Neither bug magic nor bug tech are explained at all, nor how this planet develped them. The same goes for shape shifters, who you learn were created, but not why or how (though this didn't play into the novel as much as the bug magic and tech so I can understand why the author wouldn't want to focus on it). / I also found the opening a bit slow. Not in terms of action (there's a LOT of action), but in terms of plot. The opening scenes set up things for later, but you don't realize that until you're several chapters into the book. / There's a lot of violence, and a fair amount of gore (several people are tortured and replacing body parts is one of a magician's talents, which gets used a lot in this book). / If you're looking for something very different from what's out there and like kick-ass women, you've found it. If you've got a weak stomach, look elsewhere.
Date published: 2012-07-11

Editorial Reviews

"Inventive, challenging, tough as nails-just like its hard-hitting heroine. Recommended."-Joe Abercrombie

"If you like rough, battle-scarred women who know how to regulate, you're going to love Nyx... She makes Han Solo look like a boy scout." -io9