I’m just going to come right out with it – I love Kameron Hurley’s writing! She’s bloody brilliant. After I finished reading “The Stars Are Legion”, I went through her backlist looking for something that might be similar. I found her Bel Dame Apocrypha series and bought the first book “God’s War”.
“Move over Mad Maxâ€”here comes Nyx.
Ex-government assassin turned bounty-hunter, Nyx, is good at solving other peopleâ€™s problems. Her favorite problem-solving solution is punching people in the face. Then maybe chopping off some heads. Heyâ€”itâ€™s a living.
Her disreputable reputation has been well earned. To Nyxâ€™s mind, itâ€™s also justified. After all, sheâ€™s trying to navigate an apocalyptic world full of giant bugs, contaminated deserts, scheming magicians, and a centuries-long war thatâ€™s consuming her future. Managing her ragtag squad of misfits has required a lot of morally-gray choices.
Every new job is another day alive. Every new mission is another step toward changing a hellish futureâ€”but only if she can survive.”
“She was alive, alive, alive today; she was never so alive as the morning after cheating death.”
Nyx was a Bel Dame, a government Assassin. In the first book “God’s War” you learn how she lost her title, ended up prison and after her release, put a team together. Then the book jumps seven years ahead. At the time I wondered what had happened during those seven years, well, this collection of stories fills in some of the gaps. As a result I’d recommend that you read “God’s War” first.
Hurley provides such a refreshing view of women, under her pen theyâ€™re freed from issues like body image, beauty and other societal shackles. Nyx isnâ€™t interested in looking glamorous, sometimes she hasnâ€™t even showered, quite often sheâ€™s drunk. Itâ€™s amazing to read characters like this. But Nyx’s world is not an egalitarian paradise. Thereâ€™s racism, sexism, homophobia and religious intolerance. But her relationships with her crew are interesting and complicated and the world has bug magic, and organic technology.
I can’t recommend this series highly enough. Really, just buy the entire series, like I did. Hell, just buy everything Kameron Hurley has ever written, I really can’t see how you’d ever be disappointed.
Disclaimer â€“ I received a digital galley of Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley from Netgalley in return for an honest review.