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The Psalms of Herod (Psalms of Herod #1)

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In the wake of an eco-catastrophe, civilization has risen again in a form at once familiar and horrific.

It is an age that has elevated Herod's Slaughter of the Innocents into a sacrament, justifying hideous death with the blessings of a twisted faith. All life is sacred until it is born.

A woman's place is to submit, to obey. A woman's place is to give over her newborn for
Paperback, 478 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by White Wolf Games Studio (first published December 12th 1991)
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Rachel Brown
This is a feminist dystopia, a genre which has thankfully become less popular of late, but was relatively common up to about fifteen years ago. (And seems to be making a mini-resurgence in YA.) I’m not saying that it’s a bad genre. Many examples are good. But they are nearly universally awesomely depressing, often with additional bonus random depressingness slapped on to an already inherently depressing set-up, and if you read too many of them in a row, you will get the impression that the futur ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it
I like a good post-apocalyptic book. Sometimes the author tells you about the event, sometimes they don't. In this case the author does not except vaguely mentioning it in characters' rambling thoughts. All we know is that there was an Eco-disaster, from the description on the back of the book. In this book society is organized by "Steads," "Granges" and "The City." A stead is lead by an Alph, always a male, who is allowed as many wives as he chooses with whom he begets as many children as he so ...more
Sep 04, 2009 Trunatrschild rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Dark and depressing, can sort of be compared with Atwood's "Handmaid's Tale" with what can happen in the future with Christianity changed in a very negative manner. I've read this book and "The Sword of Mary" several times, but it's not a series to read if you're a bit depressed.
I really like it... can't recommend it higher, but only to certain people who can read that sort of thing and not go out and try to get Christianity wiped off the face of the Earth.
Feb 17, 2008 Stevelvis rated it it was amazing
ESTHER M. FRIESNER-- The Psalms of Herod and The Sword of Mary: Two books which explain what happens in a future society in which all portions of the Bible as we know it have been lost and replaced with a totally different message leading to child sacrifice and other shocking changes in society.
Felix Zilich
Безмятежна и тиха жизнь в пост-апокалиптической деревне. Мужчины целыми днями работают в поле, женщины – растят детей, готовят стряпню, убираются по дому, стирают грязные тряпки. Раз в год крестьяне со всех хуторов собираются и едут в ближайшее Поместье, где проходит праздник в честь Окончания Жатвы. Здесь молодухи находят себе будущих мужей, а будущие мужья бьются друг с другом на ринге, демонстрируя свои силу и удаль.

И все было бы буколично, пасторально и пафосно, если бы это не был гребаный
H. Anne Stoj
Jun 15, 2007 H. Anne Stoj rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those that enjoyed Oryx & Crake, etc.
Shelves: dystopia-utopia
I first read this about fifteen years ago or so. Some of the images, I realize now, stuck with me and I never really knew until I re-read this as I finally got ahold of the sequel.

Friesner creates a really well thought out world where civilization fell, turned a bit into ash, and then rose up again much changed from what life had been like before whatever environmental nonsense happened. She never says what that was and I'm hoping to get a better idea in the second novel, but I'm not particularl
Sep 19, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Very unusual book, but fascinating! Futuristic, science fiction, the redevelopment of a world after a catastrophic event. I couldn't put it down. Some gruesome events, so not for everyone.
Apr 12, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok
I got about halfway through. It was totally different from what I thought it would be, and not in a good way. I stopped when it just got too disturbing.
Oct 07, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it
From what I've learned, not much like Friesner's other works. It exciting and infuriating. A great read.
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Esther M. Friesner was educated at Vassar College, where she completed B.A's in both Spanish and Drama. She went to on to Yale University; within five years she was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish. She taught Spanish at Yale for a number of years before going on to become a full-time author of fantasy and science fiction. She has published twenty-seven novels so far; her most recent titles in ...more
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