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If you enjoyed God's War (Bel Dame Apocrypha, Book 1), get Infidel.
Infidel continues Hurley's intriguing world and the people that inhabit it. I really love the blend of science fiction, fantasy, and political intrigue. The concept of a world war lasting two to three centuries blows my mind (the implications of how that affects the development of cultures are well and subtly addressed, but it's still an idea that makes one pause and really think about the end result of a planet-wide lifestyle of violence).
The notion of the book's main protagonist (Nyxnissa so Dasheem) as a broken, imperfect, morally-questionable human being is one that appeals to me greatly. She's not exactly likeable, but you can't help but care about her and become invested in this character. Her personality and outlook have not much changed since the first book in the series (God's War), but, in my opinion, she seems to be starting to have those niggling seeds of personal change taking root in the back of her mind.
I am extremely interested to see where the final book in the trilogy, Rapture, eventually takes us and how the underlying political theme finally plays out.
I read God's War, the first book in this series and when I saw that Audible had Infidel I jumped at the chance. I should have listened to the sample first. Kameron Hurley is a brilliant writer who takes you on a fast ride thru a dark and bloody desert world. The problem is not the book, the problem is the reader. She sounds like a stripper named Candy in a film noir story. It is high pitched, grating and painfully annoying. Perhaps, if I were listening to the three little bears and was five years old this voice would have been appropriate. No, not even then. Definitely not for a story about female assassins. If I could get my credit back, trust me I would.
Audible please read the books before you select the reader. This is a "big person" book and needs a grown woman as a reader.
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