Infidel

Infidel Kameron Hurley
  • Title: Infidel
  • Author: Kameron Hurley
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  • Infidel Kameron Hurley Infidel The only thing worse than war is revolution Especially when you re already losing the warNyx used to be a bel dame a government funded assassin with a talent for cutting off heads for cash Now she s
    The only thing worse than war is revolution Especially when you re already losing the warNyx used to be a bel dame, a government funded assassin with a talent for cutting off heads for cash Now she s babysitting diplomats to make ends meet and longing for the days when killing was a lot honorable When Nyx s former bel dame sisters lead a coup against the goverThe only thing worse than war is revolution Especially when you re already losing the warNyx used to be a bel dame, a government funded assassin with a talent for cutting off heads for cash Now she s babysitting diplomats to make ends meet and longing for the days when killing was a lot honorable When Nyx s former bel dame sisters lead a coup against the government that threatens to plunge the country into civil war, Nyx is tasked with bringing them in The hunt takes Nyx and her inglorious team of mercenaries to one of the richest, most peaceful, and most contaminated places on the planet a country wholly unprepared to host a battle waged by the world s deadliest assassins In a rotten nation of sweet tongued politicians, giant bugs, and renegade shape shifters, Nyx will forge unlikely allies and rekindle old acquaintances And the bodies she leaves scattered across the continent this time may include her own.Because no matter where you go or how far you run in this world, one thing is certain the bloody bel dames will find you.
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    About Kameron Hurley


    1. Kameron Hurley is the author of The Mirror Empire, Empire Ascendant and the God s War Trilogy Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer she has also been a finalist for the Arthur C Clarke Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, BFS Award, the Gemmell Morningstar Award, and the BSFA Award for Best Novel Her short fiction has appeared in Popular Science Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Year s Best SF, The Lowest Heaven, and Meeting Infinity Her nonfiction has been featured in The Atlantic, Locus Magazine, and the upcoming collection The Geek Feminist Revolution.


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    1. The smog in Mushtallah tasted of tar and ashes it tasted like the war I had to remind myself to breathe when I was reading Infidel Kameron Hurley s Bel Dame series is simply amazing So many themes packed into each page action, honor, faith, regret, resolve, all woven into a fast moving plot, character exploration and innovative world building It feels real and harsh and heartbreaking When I finished late at night, I felt rather the same way I felt when I finished The Last Argument of Kings, only [...]

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    2. I come away from this novel with the same feeling I had from the first Oppressed.Of course, that s the point War, religious or otherwise, is hell Being good at it does nothing to improve your relations with others, and Nyx is a shining example of the honor bound disgraced warrior working to regain her good name and status as a Bel Dame elite.And yet, for all the fighting, the tight plotting, the hopes, the fears, and the twists of everything, what I really feel is the oppression of deep heartach [...]

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    3. Utterly fantastic follow up to God s World This remains one of the most original and gripping speculative worlds I ve ever read about The arc of the stories works, the war time scenario and motivations ring true, the insect technologies seem weirdly logical It s just damn well thought out and beautifully, brutally executed.

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    4. Revisiting the world of God s War several years later sees Nyx again the at the focus of political events.Nyxnissa is older but still in much the same position as she was in God s War the leader of a small mercenary squad in the country of Nasheen, one side of a perpetual conflict that has consumed generation after generation of men In this one she gets caught up in a coup by a group of bel dames where she s either working for the bel dames or the Nasheen monarchy, but mostly for herself.I felt [...]

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    5. The Good Just like last time, the setting is creepy and dark and wonderful The characters are awesome, headlined by the best heroine in fantasy fiction The ending is pretty good too.The Bad It s just a bit too slow, especially early on Friends character the protagonist is most like Nyx is still like Rachel, but sometimes drily humorous like Chandler She is angsty like Ross, bloody minded like Monica and out of her fucking mind like Phoebe In book one she was smooth with the ladies, much like Joe [...]

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    6. Kameron Hurley never disappoints Awesome, AS ALWAYS.

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    7. 5 StarsI am giving Infidel a full extra star and full marks because this is the second book in the trilogy and it does not suffer the normal mid cycle blues Hurley does a rare thing with this sequel In that she does not hold back, there are many major plot twists, series changers, and characters killed I love how this series is incredibly dark and dirty and filled to the brim with bugs Hurley has created a world that would fit right into a China Mieville setting Better yet, this world reminds me [...]

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    8. 4.5 Great follow up to Gods War Kameron Hurley so far can do no wrong Great world building, amazing characters and fast paced action in this scifi post earth world Interesting relgious themes and issues combined with intriguing plotting makes this a must read series Nyx is an awesome character Cant wait to pick up book 3.

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    9. Everything I hoped for in a sequelI felt this was every bit as good as God s War, and I loved being transported back to Hurley s poisonous, bug infested world.However I d definitely recommend starting with the first book this is one where you won t be lost, plot wise, but it s going to be a richer experience if you ve already gotten to know the characters.Mercenary assassin Nyx is down on her luck, taking babysitting jobs as a bodyguard But when she stumbles into a revolutionary plot involving w [...]

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    10. Book Info Genre Dark fiction science fantasyReading Level AdultRecommended for fans of dark fiction, deep thoughts.Trigger Warnings killing, biological warfare, murder and torture including of children My Thoughts This is the second book in the Bel Dame Apocrypha series, following God s War review linked here where formatting allowed The third book was recently released, and it is called Rapture This book is very dark, but there were rare moments of humor that brought a laugh out of me, like thi [...]

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    11. Kameron Hurley is my current favorite action scene writer I wish her novels are optioned by Syfy or whoever because I want to see bel dames fighting and shooting and stabbing and magicians using their bugs and shifterswell, shifting And gosh, the worldbuilding Sooo rich Sooo real Last time I felt living in the story was when I read China Mieville s Perdido Street Station Nyx is definitely a character that you want to root no matter how broken and crazy she is And Rhys as well Poor Rhys I love Ny [...]

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    12. rantingdragon infidel The sequel to God s War, a novel I loved and reviewed at the beginning of the year, took me by surprise I wasn t aware that it would be out so soon, so imagine my excitement when I received a copy in the mail because Hurley remembered my name I read it quickly and waited for another reviewer s review to see if our thoughts matched up Unfortunately, they were unable to review it due to real life commitments so I got to do it While Infidel certainly doesn t suffer from sopho [...]

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    13. This is the second in a trilogy, with the third book not yet out The first book established protagonist Nyx as a hard ass loner and emotionally repressed super hero This one picks up several years later, after the dust of those adventures has settled Nyx is older, creakier, approaching an age that almost no one in her line of work ever reaches She s getting a little reflective, a little less certain She s also, possibly, getting a little idealistic in her old age or at least developing deeper c [...]

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    14. I can t recommend Infidel as enthusiastically as I do its predecessor, God s War, because it suffers from the middle book of a trilogy syndrome It doesn t go anywhere, and reads a bit too much like filler I hope that the final book in the series, Rapture, will restore the energy that carried God s War along.I also didn t like the overly manipulative way Hurley tries to get our sympathy with the stories of Rhys s and Khos s families, which have established themselves in Tirhan after fleeing Nashe [...]

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    15. Not sure why this book took me so long to complete It is crazy awesome.First off imagine a world exclusive to Muslims Yes, they still like to blow other people up The twist in Kameron Hurley s Muslim world is the women dominate and the men are practically tools for sex.The first 40% of this book is somewhat slow to develop but after that it just takes off.If you like bad ass women, Bounty Hunters, religious zealots, crazy magic science system then this book is for you.It is all about the bugs ba [...]

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    16. It s not often I pick up the next novel in a series so soon after I ve started the first one As I ve mentioned frequently before, I like spacing out the books I read in a series so that I don t get fatigue with the series, as has happened before with others whose books I ve read one right after the other, riding the wave of enthusiasm and enjoyment the first book may have engendered.This time around, though, the situation is somewhat different After getting Hope into God s War, by Kameron Hurley [...]

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    17. I picked this up when the third book of the trilogy came out, after being surprised at how much I enjoyed the first one, God s War I don t quite want to say that I think the author has written herself into a corner, but this book seemed to spend most of its time dealing with the consequences of the world that has been created and Nyx s actions in the first book.The world that has been created Well, if your timing is right, you can be regenerated by magic and bugs, pretty much indefinitely The eb [...]

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    18. It s been years since we ve last seen Nyx and the years have not been kind She s still in the not really legitimate bounty hunting business, now with a new crew since her last crew, such as survived, sped off in a literal cloud of dust at the end of God s War and skating even on the ragged edge of disaster.Then things go wrong.Then bad things happen.Then things go even spectacularly wrong.Then terrible things happen, in some cases to extremely nice people who don t deserve this kind of thing a [...]

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    19. If you had thought about stopping reading at God s War, QUASH THAT THOUGHT NOW It only gets better The plot here is fast paced and complex from the first chapter While Nyx never shows it, it has become hard to play by her moral code which is basically stay alive, protect as many lives of the people of her country as possible, sometimes few may have to be sacrificed for many However, which side is the least of the evils is uncertain and shifting in time now nothing is morally clear here, even for [...]

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    20. I m going to keep on with this series In this book, we get to see the political dangers and physical dangers of privilege, safety, and the jungle The book still feels self contained, although it would certainly help to be familiar with the characters from the first book There is resolution to the story of this book, instead of a cliffhanger waiting for the third book in the series.I didn t get into it quite as much as the first book I m going to explain why, and it s almost too bad that I m goin [...]

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    21. Rating 6 10This book is probably a fairly good book In fact, it s probably a very good book But compared to Hurley s first, God s War, this simply doesn t hold a candle God s War was beautifully crafted Infidel was choppy God s War was tight Infidel seemed to have a lot that was superfluous God s War introduced stunningly deep, rich characters Infidel took those characters and added very little to them and seemed to ignore the depth of the first God s War proportioned the characters perfectly In [...]

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    22. Worthy sequel to God s War To my mind this series is among the best and most creative high octane, take no prisoners, noir adventure series I ve ever read The world Ms Hurley has invented is staggeringly imaginative, yet feels fully complete Every nuance it present the people, culture, religion, technology Characters are very well written, and also feel complete I can t wait to see what she does with Inaya next Readers seeking a similar thrill should read China Mi ville s Perdido Street Station, [...]

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    23. I plunged into this novel mindless of the fact that it was a sequel, my own fault for failing to notice the page just inside the front cover marked Other Books by Kameron Hurley Considering the world Ms Hurley has crafted and its various imaginary nations are so detailed, her characters backstories so complex, and the fantastic elements of the story so unique and unpredictable, if Ms Hurley had been any less remarkable a storyteller I would have likely put the book down, or run screaming from it [...]

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    24. Originally posted on my blog, SpecFic Junkie.Action Tasty worldbuilding Nihilistic tendencies Diversity Politics Magic and science Plus, a lot of fun It d be hard for me to hate a book with all of these qualities Needless to say, I really enjoyed Infidel.Kameron Hurley mentions in her acknowledgements that writing Infidel was far easier than God s War I think might have been involved in that than simply getting the first novel out of the way where God s War felt like it wanted to tackle Issues [...]

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    25. The second book in the series, Infidel shows us a softer side of Nyx at the beginning of the book We are introduced to a new team, but key characters in the last book do play a role in this one as well.I loved the look into Tirhan and its culture and politics, which we didn t see in the last book It was made out to be some kind of paradise and the contrast of its soft facade with Nasheen s honest brutality is a very interesting juxtaposition.Nyx s character grows immensely in this book The book [...]

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    26. The teach you how to fight a war But they don t teach you how to stop Umayna is a toxic, cancerous, alien world, isolated from the wider universe for centuries and consumed by religious warfare waged between several of the planet s many human nations But Infidel isn t really about the war, though it s presence always looms large and is felt by every character It s about how such a war would effect the people back at home, physically, emotionally, and psychologically, how it would change and shap [...]

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    27. Nyxnissa so Dasheem, a mercenary and former Bel Dame assassin, has a new team since her last one either got killer, abandoned her, or she pushed them away six years ago The survivors of her former team are mostly doing well, living new lives away from the centuries long holy war and starting families Nyx herself, she s getting by, mostly working as a bodyguard, but suffers from mysterious unexplained health problems she s trying to hide But when she uncovers evidence that a faction of the Bel Da [...]

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    28. Infidel is the sequel to God s War and takes place six years after it I recommend reading God s War first, but it is not unfeasible to read Infidel without having read God s War However, you will have missed out on the world building introduced in the first book and may have difficulty catching up.From the back cover Nyx is a bodyguard in Mustallah, the capital city of Nasheen The centuries long holy war between Nasheen and Chenja is taking its toll, with shortages and rationing causing the Quee [...]

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    29. For centuries people have been seeking a way to end the brutal religious war between Chenja and Nasheen Now it looks like the one person who might be able to do it is the one who believes it will never end Nyx thought she d settled into a life that was somewhat predictable than it had been when she was tracking down alien gene pirates Business is, if not booming, at least steady, and she hasn t been shot at in a while But there s always the next assignment to shake things up.It s Kameron Hurley [...]

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    30. FIVE STARS IS NOT ENOUGH 10 10.I ve made no attempt to hide my utter adoration for Hurley s Bel Dame Apocrypha series and the second book, Infidel , just compounded that devotion Set six years after the end of God s War , Nyx is now a bounty hunter diplomat babysitter disgraced Bel Dame with a whole new squad and a new conspiracy against her country Forced to seek out the old members of her crew for help, she quickly learns that the conspiracy extends even further into the matriarchy and Bel Dam [...]

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