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. Visit her online at KameronHurley. Customer Reviews Average Review. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. Click OK to close the Options popup.
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I can't give 5 star because the the story itself is not exactly match my taste. It seems unfair if I gave 5 star to first books of Malazan and First Law, but not this debut novel. My reasons are: The story and characters are too dark and a bit tedious for my taste. It does not have enough humor or heart warming dialogues. The quote on back cover from SFX mentioned this book as "fast pace thriller", but for me the story is a bit slow. If you fine with pure dark fantasy, go find this novel. There is not enough explanation of the magic system of this book, but it is common nowadays in a first book of a trilogy.
Let's hope the second book has more magic system explanations. Personally, I hope the story explains the deviations of the religion traditions on the book with current Islam from Earth.
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View all 6 comments. Dec 03, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: sci-fi , worldbuilding-sf , urban-fantasy , fantasy. 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. It'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 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.
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 female.
We get to see her in her youth as a part of an official assassination squad, the betrayal and her downfall, and her poverty and life as part of a small squad of bounty-hunters. I 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 sequences 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 characters.
And then I had my first transformation. 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. I shuddered and thanked all the stars in heaven. The novel went from burdensome to snappy.
My 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 fanboy.
Worldbuilding 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. 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. View all 5 comments. Shelves: sci-fi , queer-characters , fantasy , pocmaincharacters. 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 mode On a hardscrabble alien world populated with what humanity becomes in the far future, a long holy war rages. 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. 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.
None of them are particularly good or well-respected, but they're bound together by Nyx's unstoppable will. Times are hard, and although they're stacking bodies like firewood in the freezer, the bounty hunts never pay quite enough. Yes, this warfare was still believable, just very extreme.
I did not try to learn the 'rules' of this world, but just accepted them as they came, and by the end of the novel, it all made sense.
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Sure, the first time I read the description of their 'cars' I was completely baffled, but as time passed, it made more sense. And by the end, I was comfortable with how the world is so different, and why. There are genetic deviations that are very sci-fi in nature, but it is a sci-fi book, so it was easy enough to suspend disbelief and go along with them.
Was there a plot? Yes, but it got hidden under the novelty of the world-building just a bit too much. And sometimes the characters were difficult to keep straight there are a lot of them I am not sure if it was because of their names, or because there were just too many factions in play. Anyway, it was interesting, violent, depressing and dark. I will be reading more in the series.