On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past - while a world goes to war with itself. In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.
As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father's people or loyalty to her alien Empress.
Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself. In the end, one world will rise - and many will perish.
©2014 Kameron Hurley (P)2014 Audible Studios
I wish I could say that I loved this book. I really wish I could give it a glowing review. I did enjoy it enough that I will be buying the sequel, but I won't be listening to it; I'll be reading it myself. This was very difficult for me to get through. I think my biggest issue was with the narrator - she was not suited to this story one bit. It really ruined the whole book for me. I usually listen to audio books either in the car or in bed, but I couldn't do that with this book or I'd just fall asleep! Her voice is boring and sounds somewhat automated. Her character voices where horrible and the monotone pitch she kept made it easy to zone out and then realise you just missed a huge plot point. The book itself was slow and dragged out, for such a long book I feel as if nothing really happened, well nothing really exciting happened. But maybe that's because of the narrator.
"Captivating & thrilling"
I got this on the recommendation of a friend and I am SO glad I did! It was confusing at first, but keep going & you'll catch on. Some of the most amazing world building I've ever seen. This style reminds me of ASOIAF, but this author is more brutal than GRRM (in a good way!). I loved the array of perspectives-- people of all (& multiple genders), disabled folks, & different cultures. Loved the unique characters. Five stars for sure.
After reading the wonderfully gritty Bel Dame Apocrypha (which was stunning) I expected a gritty fantasy The narrator had the wrong voices for this type of fantasy. She'd probably be fine for a cosy mystery.
"Good but with too much grimdark"
The societies and world building is excellent most of the characters are not good people though, and there's a lot of pointless cruel happenstance described.
"Very Interesting, but Fails to Maintain Momentum"
Struggled after the half way mark when none of the events seemed significant in the bigger picture of the story arc, or maybe it's that the larger story arc wasn't established enough for me to understand the bigger picture.
"Mind numbingly dull"
spend less time lecturing about pro nouns, concentrate on a interesting story.
The narration was fine just the material was lacking
none that I could find
One of the worst books I have ever had to persevere with
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