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God’s War – Kameron Hurley

So God’s War has a lot to get through before it can truly begin—a holy war, complex geopolitical arrangements, cultural and religious tensions, and two main characters with quite separate backgrounds. I just could not get into it at all, no matter how hard I tried. God’s War todswar no argument for the greater qualifications of the feminine to rule: Okay, there’s a creature called a graazchak and it can be ridden.

That aspect, like much of the work regarding the religious conflict itself, felt like pieces of machinery put carefully together and then not connected up to anything else.

I kept waiting for the Chenja internal security forces to swoop in and arrest everybody, but it never happened. I felt much more cheerful about it when I realized that I don’t really want to read the next two books in this trilogy.

The mystery is why she has not used the bel dames. Other women participate in the breeding programmes to ensure a regular supply of new fighters. On her twitter feed last nkjemisin week Hugo Nominated Author N. Jan 02, Robyn rated it really liked it Shelves: The politics generally are very murky, again broadly sketched, with much hand-waving.


I loved every word of it. Wow, what a great book. No gods are involved in the telling of the tale, just a bunch of people who believe in Allah and Jehova in godsawr far future world that seems awfully like the Hurlet Strip, only filled with Magicians I went through several transformations as I read this novel, or four if you include a priori expectations after judging a book by its cover; for some weird reason, I thought this title would be more UF than a gritty SF title that masquerades as a fantasy.

God’s War : Bel Dame Apocrypha Book 1

I loved that the main character of a book focused on religion and holy war was a bisexual atheist, and I loved how the setup of the societies allowed the author to play with gender roles. Hirley one and kamefon, with back stories they mostly prefer not to talk about, as the novel unwinds the reader comes to understand more of what drives them. Echoes of Dune and Mad Max.

Nasheen is a matriarchal government and culture; men are sent off to war and only allowed home if they reach forty.

In Nasheen, women are effectively in charge because virtually every semi-adult male has been shipped off to the war front. I didn’t have a problem with the boxing, and the small squad scenes were so-so, but when Nyx and I got to spend some time alone, the text came alive.

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Yet how many novels with a predominantly female cast can a reviewer say that about? Hueley is truly a belle dame sans merci— she has a very bloody, culturally sanctioned job, but her lack of compassion also extends to herself. God’s War Kameron Hurley.


Loyalty is a constant dilemma particularly when it faces off against distrust and self-interest. He knew there were corpses because the giant scavengers were circling, despite the smoke: This is a book not to be missed and I cannot wait to read more. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. One wonders what kind of point is being made by having women veterans simply swaggering around in bars, taking on roles occupied by men in other countries.

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.

I live in a world that is broader, more complicated, and more importantly, has even more stories to offer that reflect different cultures and perspectives. Action is infused into almost every page.

God’s War – Kameron Hurley

Having said that, I agree with many of your hurleh. Nasheen’s queen is as calculating and perfidious as any man, her legion of bel dames, government assassins who track down deserting males bringing home toxins from the front, as corrupt as the worst all-male mafia.

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