Rapture (Bel Dame Apocrypha #3)
After years in exile, Nyxnissa so Dasheem is back in action in service to the bel dames, a sisterhood of elite government assassins tasked with eliminating deserters and traitors. The end of a centuries-long holy war between her country, Nasheen, and neighboring Chenja has flooded the streets of Nasheen with unemployed - and unemployable - soldiers whose frustrations have...more
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Ye gods, this novel took me over three months to finish - somewhere around 40% I hit a wall and it became a death march (probably around the same time the main characters began theirs!)
Did I say that book 2 approached Peter Watts levels of bleakness? This one has met that quotient and gone straight out the other side -- there is absolutely no redemption here. Everyone who isn't already dead by the end stumbles out shattered and barely alive, and there isn't even a decent ending to...more
This is (I think) the last book in the Bel Dame Apocrypha series. What I continue to like most about all the books is the character of Nyx. She's so ruthless, so brutally pragmatic, so good at hiding from everyone, including herself, that she actually cares if people live or die. Nyx usually gets the job done in a spectacularly ugly way, but she...more
Rapture is more of the same as in the previous books, but in a wider scope. We get tantalizing looks at Umayma's forgotten past, new nations, new enemies and dangers. It seems a bit odd to introduce so many elements so late in the game, especially since we only get a couple encounters with them before closure, but then there are many more stories to be told on Umayma even after Nyx's story has come to an end.
My dislikes though are the...more
In Rapture, former bel dame Nyx is forced out of retirement in order to do one last job. This time, she has to retrieve a political leader & bring him back to Nasheen alive. As luck would have it, it happens to be someone she thought she had already killed. Her journey to retrieve this man takes her beyond the edges of civilization.
Hurley builds upon the strengths of...more
Nyx continues to be a great character, hard to like, but fascinating. I haven't re-read the earlier ones but I think she is becoming more human in these later books as she gets older, slower, and closer to death.
It has been two years since Kameron Hurley shocked the science fiction community with her debut novel God’s War. Now, Hurley’s blood-soaked trilogy has come to an end with the novel, Rapture. Does Hurley end the trilogy with a flourish or a whimper? The answer cannot easily be heard under the rousing applause that Rapture deserves. Rapture is one of those rare beasts of a novel that marries together beautifully gritty characters, soul-stirring moral implic...more
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of dark fiction, especially of the science-fantasy type, intricate world-building
Trigger Warnings: murder, violence, torture, attempted genocide
My Thoughts: In this book, the world of Umayma really opens up, and we find out a lot more about the countries mentioned in the previous books, as well as many countries and peoples that are new to both us and to the characters in the book, such as Kiranmey, by the Wa...more
There are spoilers below. You know, things like Nyx is alive for this novel. Which shouldn't be a surprise, but kinda is.
So, who would have thought that things could get more brutal than God's War and Infid...more
I received this book for free as part of Goodreads first reads giveaways.
I'm actually pretty good at understanding books if I read them out of order. I haven't done that in a while, but this book (along with a number of others) looked interesting on Goodreads, so I decided to enter the giveaway for it - and won a copy.
I have to say that I didn't go into this book expecting to like the main character, Nyx. I tend to prefer the true hero characters to the charact...more
Better than in the prequels the author manages to tie the plot into a complete whole, despite various view points and seemingly unconnected story lines. New and old characters make an...more
After a relatively lackluster second volume in the Bel Dame Apocrypha series, Kameron Hurley comes roaring back with Rapture. Seven years have passed since the events of Infidel, and Nyxnissa so Dasheem is in exile in Drucia, where she lives with her former comrade Anneka and her family. The situation in Nasheen has continued to deteriorate in the meanwhile: The centuries-long war with Chenja is over, and...more
After years in exile, Nyxnissa so Dasheem is back in action in service to the bel dames, a sisterhood of elite government assassins tasked with eliminating deserters and traitors. The end of a centuries-long holy war between her country, Nasheen, and neighboring Chenja has flooded the streets of Nasheen with unemployed - and unemployable - soldiers whose frustrations have brought the nation to the brink of civil war.
Not everyone likes this tenuous and unpredictable "peace," however, and someb
OK, some more: these books (The Bel Dame Apocrypha) remind me a bit of steampunk, with bugs and all kinds of organic stuff in stead of iron and glass. And some Middle East trouble. And women who kick ass. And die a lot. And sometimes come back again. Did I mention bugs?
The first two books come for free on the authors website and after reading those two I happily paid for the third book. Recommended.
The Bel Dame Apocrypha have been some of my favorite books of recent years, and the series ends as messed up as it begins, but with enough closure to be satisfying.
Two: I must say, I'm not sure any other writer gives me the impression anyone could die permanently half so well as Hurley. Which I both enjoy, because it's unusual not to be able to rely on "the good guys will be okay", but also hate, because half the time I get invested in someone in this series they die.
Three: I reall...more
Can't quite pinpoint why. Maybe just a tad too disjointed or maybe a little too many new character perspectives mixed in with the old.
Still, it ended on a fairly strong note, plot-wise and remains one of the most creative worlds I've read.
Hurley does a masterful job of characterization. The world, stresses, choices, and their results show in Nyx's body, and this is what I read for.