Infidel (Bel Dame Apocrypha) Paperback – 18 Oct 2011
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"Infidel is a well thought-out and intelligent novel, which asks a number of questions and refuses to present easy answers. " (SFF Chronicles)
"Readers who enjoyed God's War will not be disappointed by Infidel... I highly recommend it." (Strange Horizons Magazine)
"Hurley's world-building, vivid and blissfully free of infodumps and expository lumps, was one of the great strengths of God's War, and it's a pleasure to return to the fascinating and messed-up world she created -- one especially enjoyable for its ethnically diverse cast and freewheeling remixes of traditional gender roles. " (Tor.com)
"...Kameron Hurley is worth investing in... this is ground breaking work and should be recognized... " (Staffer's Musings) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
An action packed, high concept, far future thriller. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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At the end of God's War, Nyx's team has spread to the far winds. Her magician and shifter have gone to a safe third country, where they won't be compelled to fight. Her comms specialist is dead and her best gun has set up as an independent. The new team is more-or-less an excuse to rescue lost causes, and Nyx will need her old people and a lot of called-in favours to discover who is trying to kill her and possibly overthrow the kingdom of Nasheen.
The narrative here flows better than God's War, despite the jumping around to various characters' viewpoints. Inaya, Khos and Rhys have excellent character development, and we get to learn a little more about Nyx's contacts within the bel dames and the magicians, not to mention the Queen and her security service. We also see some more history and learn just how unusual Inaya's shifting abilities are. However, the world of Umayma is still too much a dark and depressing place for me to be able to invest in it emotionally, and Nyx seems to be not only adding to the horror of it but intent on continuing to do so.
I was given a free copy of this novel to review.
I am loving this series.
Infidel is the second volume in The Bel Dame Apocrypha, following on from God's War and preceding Rapture. As with the first novel, it's a hard-arsed book fusing fantasy to science fiction by way of a whole lot of attitude and a lot more smarts. It's also the rare middle volume of a trilogy that builds and improves on God's War.
God's War was a great book, but one that ended up being a little too confusing for its own good, especially at the start. Infidel is much more coherently focused on its storytelling, building a parallel narrative contrasting Rhys's new, peaceful life in Tirhan with Nyx's ongoing life of mayhem. This structure worked well in God's War but is even better here, with the different locations and circumstances for the two characters allowing Hurley to even more strongly define them. The two strands are held separate for a large chunk of the book, building up tension so that when they come together the results are appropriately cataclysmic.
Hurley's writing is tighter than in the first book and also more empathetic, building up the new characters and relationships so that when the inevitable gut-wrenching betrayals and deaths come, they hurt.Read more ›
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first book i read in the series loved it the writing is very vidvid great characters and the world its set on is interesting love the cultural mixPublished 11 months ago by m. dosa
Having loved Kameron’s first book, God’s War, I couldn’t wait to see what he’d hit back with next and boy, was I in for a treat as I opened the title. Read morePublished on 20 July 2014 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
Another top book from Hurley. Nyxnissia is a proper hard nut and it great to explore a well realised world through her.Published on 10 July 2014 by SiBorg
Note: Some books which are part of a trilogy can be read as standalone novels. However, to truly enjoy this novel, I would recommend first having read its predecessor, God's... Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2014 by illegiblescribble