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Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s never truly clear quite whether there is ‘magic’ in the conventional sense within this story or whether it’s more genetic engineering so this is certainly a blurring the lines of Sci-fi and Fantasy.

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

It’s not really as confusing as I make it out to be. After serving a prison sentence, she gives up the independent work and recruits a crew. The mystery is why she has not used the bel dames. This countervailing voice, however, is depicted as blinkered and extremist: We agree that the visibility of the gore that women do is woeful due to a variety of kamerom But is such novelty enough to rescue the narrative from other awkwardness?

God’s War – Kameron Hurley

Quotes from God’s War. Award Honor List That kmaeron a killer opening, isn’t it? 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. Oh, I love the setting. There were fewer old cities in the Chenjan Khairian wasteland, where the first world had been created and abandoned.

God’s War : Bel Dame Apocrypha Book 1

The novel went from burdensome to snappy. A cool dynamic which was handled quite well without centering on gender differences, but on circumstances which has led them to their current situation where the male population is decreasing at a rapid pace and females hold the power of the governing bodies.

Just found out that the novel has been nominated for a Nebula for Best Novel inso seems like a good time as any to say a few things about it. Also like the start of a potentially really exciting career.

The magic elements are completely unique. If its story is rather less interesting than its ideas, God’s War at least has very good ones. This is, of course, a conspicuously deliberate inversion of the usual gender relations in a thriller of this sort. Magic and technology run on bugs.

I will also say that the subject matter of the story is very dark, and that the characters and dialogue fit the dark mo I went into this book with very, very high hopes – Kameron has gained a pretty great reputation as a “very dark” writer, and while I read this description as an urban fantasy, I still had pretty high expectations. And then there were long sequences in the text where I was flooded with names and kaneron and names and very little godswwr to keep my interest. Fortunately, Kameron Hurley is pretty good, and Umayma is one of the more interesting future histories to appear in the last few years — insect-based technology, an Islam-influenced culture, a centuries-old religious war, an organization of murderous female assassins, boxing, magicians and shapeshifters.

The plot drifts in places, far too much like real life. The ‘verse Hurley has created here is novel, populated by pitiless, practical people. Gritty and noirish, the book takes place in the far future on the harsh, colonized world of Umayma. Feb 24, Hobart rated it it was ok Shelves: All of these elements are pretty balanced when you do get into the story after about the first 50pgs but it’s certainly a bit of an experience to get used to it. Other books in this series.

It was nominated for a couple of sci-fi awards and has enough good qualities to make it worth reading. Feb 18, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Men get drafted as boys and sent to the front–and women volunteer to fight, too. Reading this novel gave me that. Having now read her debut which is the first in a series and one that I want to continue with I can hhrley say that Hurley does have a great way of coming up with original ideas that I had never s This book was the first one I picked up as part of the Booktubeathon and I have to say it’s well worth reading.

Economically, logistically, it makes no sense at all and seems to be effectively unsustainable.