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Eal 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 ou On a hardscrabble alien world populated with what humanity becomes in the far future a long holy war rages Both sides have drafted all their men for so many generations that the societies left behind have become nearly matriarchal populated by females boys and the very old or damaged men who survived their war service Their planet is nealry deadly for humanity and over the years its colonists have made all sorts of adjustments Now they scrape themselves regularly for cancers the way modern people go in for dental cleanings and reattach body parts as a matter of course In this strange and brutal place we are introduced to Nyx a woman who has lost her faith on the battlefield but can t let go of her own version of honor On the very first page Nyx sells her womb for cash then loses it all gambling on a pretty boxer The upside is she gets to bed the boxer view spoilerThe really badass part is that she bet on the boxer knowing she d probably lose and knowing that her bet would be a good in with a depressed losing boxer who might then take her home After sleeping with the boxer Nyx creeps out of bed kills the boxer s sleeping brother and collects his head for its bounty And then the plot starts hide spoiler

summary God's War

God's War

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 d 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 UF than a gritty SF title that masuerades as a fantasyIt s not really as confusing as I make it out to be 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 Magicians who control bugs by their will and shapeshifters Shifters Traditional military hardware is available everywhere you look too and most of our focus is firmly on a hard as nails normal femaleWe get to see her in her youth as a part of an official assassination suad the betrayal and her downfall and her poverty and life as part of a small suad of bounty huntersI had some issue with this The writing was rather sparse when it came to fleshing out each of the characters and it took me a long time to care who each of them were other than Nyx of course And then there were long seuences in the text where I was flooded with names and names and names and very little hook to keep my interest At that point my hopes rested entirely on the brilliant and complex world that was being laid out before me It was absolutely enormous and complex and well thought out My only concerns were with the charactersAnd then I had my first transformation I didn t have a problem with the boxing and the small suad scenes were so so but when Nyx and I got to spend some time alone the text came alive I shuddered and thanked all the stars in heaven The novel went from burdensome to snappyMy next transformation came when the rest of the characters finally started coming to life through their choices and actions and it took just a little bit too much time to get there but it did and for that I am eternally grateful The climax was especially personal and rich in both action and characters and at this point I am now a fanboyWorldbuilding kicked this off but eventually the characters carried the day I m not going to have any issues picking up and devouring the next books unless I have to start from scratch Who knows It s not like I ve done any research on this series This is my first Kameron Hurley book and I m rather impressed It is rather dense in places and not always an easy read but I can say it is very rich and I m very happy to begin my journey here

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Nyx had already been to hell One prayer 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 Orson Scott Card talks a lot in his How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy about exposition and about how science fiction and fantasy readers react to it with different expectations than non genre readers Roughly summarized his point is that if you open a story with She mounted her graazchak an experienced genre reader will think Huh Okay there s a creature called a graazchak and it can be ridden I ll keep that in mind and keep an eye out for information about what it looks like and what it does Someone who mostly reads literary fiction on the other hand is likely to react A graazchak What the hell is a graazchak Does the author expect me to know and grind to a haltI am definitely an experienced genre reader and I actively seek out that sense of I don t know what s going on but I m sure I ll piece it together given time God s War provides it over and over again from its politics to its bug based tech to its characters backstories In places though the exposition is a little too rough even for me Sometimes it s small things like the interchangeable use of sister for both Nyx s sister by birth and the other bel dames in the opening chapter If they d consistently been oh I don t know gene sisters and blood sisters I would have noted the terms assumed they d be defined later and forged onward Instead I found myself flipping backward trying to work out whether there were two different categories at all Other times it s bigger things like the timeskip after the opening chapters which left me feeling lost and unanchored in time lacking any clearly defined markers I couldn t see how Nyx and Rhys s timelines were supposed to alignBut I figured it out eventually and once the story got going the exposition got smoother Though there were a few places where it erred in the other direction with info dumps Taite s backstory comes to mind here That let me spend time admiring the uniueness of the world and than anything the characters And I fell in love Nyx Rhys Taite Khos Inaya they are all horribly broken and horribly flawed and I can t look away I love that their flaws are not sexy flaws no too uick to anger in the face of injustice or a dark and brooding loner here and that the narrative never flinches from them from Nyx s lack of intelligence too many blows to the head from boxing and Rhys s cowardice and everything elseI love this for not being the story of how they all set aside their differences and work together but instead how their differences tear them apart and keep tearing I love this for telling the story of star crossed lovers Nyx and Rhys kept apart not by external forces but by their own internal beliefs which they have no interest in moving beyond I love this for being different for being new for never taking me where I expectedAlso the bugs are pretty nifty and I say this as someone who shrieks and screams for back up when she sees a spider on the kitchen floor


10 thoughts on “God's War

  1. says:

    Review and links if you want explanation on the references and the like at grew up in the 80s when fantasy fiction largely meant the Lord of the Rings esue fantasy world or the ‘parallel worlds’ fantasy the s

  2. says:

    I picked this up after reading the first few sentences onlineNyx sold her womb somewhere between Punjai and Faleen on the edge of the desertDrunk but no longer bleeding she pushed into a smoky cantina just after dark and ordered a pinch of morphine and a whiskey chaser She bet all of her money on a boxer named Jaks and lost it tw

  3. says:

    Orson Scott Card talks a lot in his How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy about exposition and about how science fiction and fantasy readers react to it with different expectations than non genre readers Roughly summarized his point is that if you open a story with She mounted her graazchak an experienced genre reader will think Huh Okay there's a creature called a graazchak and it can be ridden I'll keep that in mind

  4. says:

    I am excited with feminism in SF or Fantasy stories because I can expect a really different way of lifethinking n

  5. says:

    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 UF than a gritty SF title that masuerades as a fantasyIt's not really as confusing as I make it out to be No gods are involved in the telling

  6. says:

    So good I have got to stop judging books by their ratings otherwise I would have never picked this up I can't wait to continue this series I have book 2 and the book of short stories on hold at the library 😜

  7. says:

    “Nyx sold her womb somewhere between Punjai and Faleen on the edge of the desert”The opening line in a book is the author’s firs

  8. says:

    On a hardscrabble alien world populated with what humanity becomes in the far future a long holy war rages Both sides have drafted all their men for so many generations that the societies left behind have become nearly matriarchal populated by females boys and the very old or damaged men who survived their war service Their planet i

  9. says:

    Bounty hunter and occasional gene pirate takes a job that puts her suarely in the middle of the centuries long internecine religious warInteresting as hell but also frustrating and unsatisfying It would be too obvious to call this gritty so I'll go the extra mile and explain that I kept asking uestions of the world building like

  10. says:

    Night Shade Books the publisher has my number when it comes to whatever it is that catches my eye with cover pictures And then NSB hits my other sensory checkpoints when I pick up a book the books are a good size and heft for cradling in the hands or lap the cover material is a non glossy and yet satiny smooth f

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