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 is no argument for the greater qualifications of the feminine to rule: Dec 13, Ryan rated it really liked it. They’re also brutal to each other–the main pastime seems to be boxing, and just about every woman we meet has some violent tendencies or history. Now, let’s talk about the religious themes.

I also read this while I was recovering from surgery and this book starts with the main character being perfectly functional right after the removal of one of her body parts, her womb. God’s War is a second world fantasy novel written in a technologically advanced society. But on the home front, at least in the country where we spend the most time, women are soldiers and politicians and businesspeople and pretty much everything else.

Dec 31, Ranting Dragon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bel Dame Apocrypha 3 books. This beautifully crafted novel is truly a work of art—bloody, brutal, bug-filled art. There’s no mass killing-off of main characters, a la GRRM, but there is breaking, inside and out.

God’s War : Bel Dame Apocrypha Book 1

Why should you read this book? No character fully escapes the shadow of the religious mania of Gofswar but each interpret it, or disregard it, differently. Months before it was released, I was sold in pre-ordering a copy with the cool cover and a short description that included something about cutting heads.


Then I realized at some point last year, I downloaded it on my Nook app, probably free or some sale. But rather than being united by their belief, they are suspicious of each other if not outright hostile. Setting aside the fact that this is a world where magicians hhurley bug technology to repair amputations and mortal injuries, the women in this world are bad-ass. Apr 17, Wealhtheow rated it liked it Recommends it for: Want to Read saving…. Cancer is rampant among those lacking the means to prevent it and ethnic minorities are discarded.

I highly enjoyed the Bug-magic-craziness throughout though! I have a feeling I’ll be reading ’em.

If its story is rather less interesting than its ideas, God’s War at least has godawar good ones. Not enough insect limbs. Nyx is iameron one bad ass woman that I want to read more about. The world is fascinating — with a distinctly Middle Eastern flavor, but heavily dominated by females since most of the males are being sent off to the war as soon as they turn of age ; and the bug tech is intriguing.

The upside is, she gets to bed the boxer.

On a planet colonized by Muslims using insect-based technology in the far-flung future ravaged a multi-sect religious war, in the midst of which a godswzr band of pansexual assassins try to scrap out a living selling the occasional organ to pay bills. Sexuality is open and lesbian relationships are normalized, although male homosexuality is still somewhat hidden.

I already have my hands on it so expect a review in a week or two. Other books in the series. Details are currently a bit fuzzy. Just wanted to tag on a comment on one point: This site uses cookies. I had to put the book down for a few seconds to fully absorb it. More to the point, this sort of future provides a richly equivocal backdrop on which to project issues of gender: Secondly, Paul Kincaid had read the novel and had not been impressed by it.


If you do read InfidelI think there’s a decent chance you’ll like it more; it’s more rounded as a novel, more driven by the characters, and Hurley is unafraid to move her setting and her characters on, so it’s not just more of the same.

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

This is a book not to be missed and I cannot wait to read more. Nyx also has a well-developed sex drive and beds a number of willing women throughout the novel.

Hang on, this is a long review. I am bothered too by the awkward construction of this novel. Nasheen is a matriarchal government and culture; men are sent off to war and only allowed home if they reach forty. Every chapter brings edge in the form of profanity and sex, rather gosswar in a feeling of ‘reality’ or hrashness. Where did she come up with the concept? God’s War from Kameron Hurley is very much in this tradition albeit in a novel that ignores genre tradition with impunity.

There is a sense, perhaps, that Rhys represents that finer part of herself that she can no longer find.

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