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(Bel Dame Apocrypha #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,758 ratings  ·  187 reviews
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 Queen to lose power and popularity. While protecting the daughter of a Ras Tiegan Diplomat, Nyx is attacked by a group of assassins. Nyx survives, but begins to suffer from a strange, debilitating ...more
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Published October 1st 2011 by Night Shade
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Ana Yes, and that was what makes me go for the second one... Amazing dark sci-fi!

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Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of innovative sci-fi/fantasy, innovative world-building, Abercrombie, and Mark Lawrence

“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 Kin
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I come away from this novel with the same feeling I had from the first.


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 heart
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 fel
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hurley returns to her richly textured world with Infidel for another round of high speed adventures. Clearer than the first in the series, Infidel assumes a 'classic' quest type fantasy format, with Nyx and her 'gang' out to find and destroy a rogue band of 'Bel Dams' who seek to overthrow the Queen of Nasheen and reestablish the era when the Bel Dams were basically completely outside of governmental influence. Nyx is tough a nails, but is she tough enough to take on the Bel Dams?

Infidel explore
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 li
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2014
5 Stars

I 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 remind
Paige (Enchantology)
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kameron Hurley never disappoints. Awesome, AS ALWAYS.
Althea Ann
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Everything I hoped for in a sequel...

I 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 pl
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
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 shifters...well, 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 R
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dark fiction/deep thinking
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Dark fiction/science fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended 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 m
Ranting Dragon
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caitrin

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 does
Jenny (Reading Envy)
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
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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 Nas
Dale Pearl
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
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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 Hurl
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ladywritten, specfic, 2011
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 more reflective, a little less certain. She's also, possibly, getting a little idealistic in her old age--or at least developi ...more
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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 Miéville's Perdido Street
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 more on the ragged edge of disaster.

Then things go wrong.

Then bad things happen.

Then things go even more spectacularly wrong.

Then terrible things happen, in some cases to extremely nice people who don't deserve this kin
HOT DAMN! Starting a book in this series, I always think it's "only" going to be a 4-star read BUT THEN. Saying all of a sudden all hell breaks loose would be a lie because that's pretty much the initial situation anyway, but half way in, it takes a turn for the worse and people are getting hurt/dying left and right and an all out attack on my feels is set in motion.

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, ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Zeke Chase
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Rating: 6/10

This 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 pe
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
"'Wars never end,' Nyx had once told him, 'They just get bigger.'"

"'You're right' Nyx said, 'I don't give a fuck about your families. I'd sacrifice every damn one of you. You know what I give a fuck about? Two hundred and fifty thousand dead boys at the front. Eighty four thousand civilians dead in Mushtallah two weeks ago. You see me with a family? You see me with anything I give a shit about? I lost it all a long time ago, and I wasn't stupid enough to run off and build a new one. I have a cou
Pavlo Tverdokhlib
Second installment of the"Bel Dame Apocrypha" is a very uneven book.

It's been seven years since Nyx hunted down the alien gene pirate Nicodem and parted ways with her crew. She's been working as a mercenary, running with a new crew taking on gigs as bodyguard or debt collector, and continuing to miss the days when her work carried some honour with it. When the Bel Dame Council calls her in to hunt down a splinter faction that's opposed to the Queen, Nyx is willing to risk everything to get her
Note: Contains spoilers for God's War!

Infidel is the matured form of what was started in God's War: the characters have grown up and so has the writing. Where God's War was punctuated by acts of violence as the plot lurched forward, here the plot flows more organically. The characters are more introspective as well, and the writing digs deeper into that.

This book is just as violent as the first, however, and when horrible things the impact is worse. Read carefully.

Six years after God's War, Nyx
4.5 stars
Jerry Jr.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 f ...more
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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 more 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
A.K. Lindsay
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 bo
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Kameron Hurley is the author of The Light Brigade, The Stars are Legion and the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, as well as the award-winning God’s War Trilogy and The Worldbreaker Saga. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Locus Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. She was also a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, and the Gemmell Morn ...more

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