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(Bel Dame Apocrypha #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,184 ratings  ·  141 reviews
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
Paperback, 372 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Night Shade Books (first published November 1st 2012)
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Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of abercrombie, complicated women

People keep saying Im a bel dame, but Im not. Havent been in over twenty years. Im just a woman And you lied to me.

Rapture defies easy explanation. It reminds me of watching a woman give birth, or or revenge sex, or evendare I say itof my current musical obsession, Disturbeds acoustical version of The Sound of Silence. There is something that is simultaneously brutal, messy, fundamental and life-affirming that cuts to the core.

After the events of Infidel: Bel Dame Apocrypha, Nyx has retired to
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do you like meat grinders?

I won't lie. This is a difficult book to read. It's not so much filled with blood, guts, and bugs, (although it has plenty,) but it's the omnipresent oppressive machine of this world that grinds everyone down into so much pulpy protein.

As a SF, Hurley's work is very, very imaginative and rich, never resting on old ideas to pump out new stories.

She steadfastly brings in some of the most promising and far-reaching and immediate settings, and they're so damn real that I
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A few years have passed and Nyx is back at it again. One of my favourite characters ever written. Just so cool, perfect amount of action and great plotting. This wasnt as good as books 1 and 2, felt like it was needing an ending, but little too forced. Dont think there's any plans to re-visit this world, but from these 3 novels, it requires a larger audience.
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, I think it's my favourite Nyx book.

Okay, there are oodles of bugs; in the ear, head, ground... heck everywhere. Wait to see what happens to dead people, ew. We have never had a history of the world, moons or the innate biology and having finished I've discovered that I'd like this. Particularly of the early settlement.

Nyx is living peacefully, in a family set up. She has mellowed, found reason for life, retired to all intents and purposes. Sadly, this is the reason she
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
And it's been another good few years since the events of Infidel and the years have been even less kind to Nyx. Although as things begin, she's settled into a sort of semi-retirement on the coast.

But we're not here to read 400 pages about her peaceful post-bounty-hunting existence, so she gets offered one more job that she can't refuse (or at least that she doesn't refuse, although she might've wanted to). And then she leads a new team (with one or two familiar faces) on an even more brutal
Ranting Dragon
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cameron

It has been two years since Kameron Hurley shocked the science fiction community with her debut novel Gods War. Now, Hurleys 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
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2014
4 Stars

Rapture, the final book of the Bel Dame Apocrypha is a good concluding story to a remarkable series. I had problems with this book, and it is the weakest of the three books. There are far too many POVs in this read and there is little pay off in it. Couple this with the fact that the first two books did not share this problem, it really stood out. This third book had the least amount of character development excluding Eshe. It had far less bugs, less, magic, and less action over all. That
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
First, I'm annoyed that it's so hard to find this book in an initial search on Goodreads or Amazon. I had to look by author- title wouldn't find it. Bad.

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
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I put off reading this for a long time as I knew it was the final volume in the Bel Dame trilogy, and I was full of trepidation as to how Kameron Hurley would end Nyxs story. Suffice it to say the ending is note perfect. Shed been hoping for a storm.

The cover of Rapture shows a demented looking woman facing off with a weird giant centipede earwig kind of thing, which sort of reminded me of Dune. There is a much more forcible reminder of this comparison with the introduction of the mauta kita
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, sf
By now you should know what to expect from the Bel Dame Apocrypha. Bugs. Blood. Betrayal. Success that feels more like failure.

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
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I finished reading the second of the Bel Dame Apocrypha novels, Infidel, I was unable to write a review as such, so I wrote an open letter to the main character, Nynissa so Dasheem, instead. And now the series has finished, and... well. It wasn't an easy ride, but it was a worthwhile one.

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
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ceridwen (you'll like it)
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Rating for this book: 3.75+; rating for the series overall: 3.5

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
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
It's difficult to resist the final book in a series. I generally like spacing out my reading when it comes to series, especially since I've learned I can get sick and tired of reading them, no matter how good, if I keep reading the books one after the other. But in the case of trilogies, there is very little time for me to grow tired of anything about the novel - the story is still compact enough in itself that I can go straight to the next novel without feeling sick of it in the least, or ...more
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rapture is the third and final book in the Bel Dame Apocrypha. Is it everything we could have hoped for? Does it answer all of our questions? Does it close out the story of Nyx with a gigantic bang? Welllll....not exactly. But it's awfully good all the same. We find Nyx living in exile with an old mercenary buddy and her thirteen thirteen-year-olds. She's recruited for a special mission that even the bel dames can't be trusted with; rescue her old boss, Raine, from kidnappers who have taken him ...more
Pavlo Tverdokhlib
Kameron Hurley concludes the story of Nyx with a strong finish. 9 years have passed since the events of Volume 2. Nyx is living in exile outside of Nasheen when someone from her past comes knocking, bringin her back into the world. The war with Chenja seems to finally be ending, the aliens are looming over Umayma again, and plots are afoot. The men of Nasheen, who for generations were brought up solely to be fed to the war, are coming back from the front, and they demand rights. When their ...more
Matt Brady
This was my least favourite book of the series. In many ways it's also the most straightforward. The previous two books in the series had labrynthine plots filled with double- and triple-crosses, sudden reveals, betrayals, surprises, so much so that I found it pretty hard to follow what was actually going on. Rapture is much simpler. It also felt a bit repetitive, especially some of the character beats. They're done well, particularly the relationship between Nyx and Rhys, but it was covering a ...more
Marie Michaels
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am amazed at how Kameron Hurley manages in the third installment of this series to simultaneously give the feeling that years had passed since the prior volumes and maintain a sense of continuity. I really had the sense that Nasheenian society had fundamentally changed since Book 2--Hurley really dove into what it would mean for that nation to undergo such a change as it had. No status quo here!

Everything that is great about the first two books is great here: the vivid, often horribly so,
3.5 stars. Hurley's Bel Dame Apocrypha is one of the most visceral series I've ever read. Although this last novel suffers from too many POVs and tiring travelogue, it still stirs emotion. We have three old POVs and a few new ones, which sadly mostly serve as plot conviniences despite having interesting back stories and/or motivations. Nevertheless, I do appreciate the ending between Nyx and Rhys - kudos for Hurley.

Note for authors: there are times to halt your worldbuilding. Am I the only one
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dark fiction, intricate world-building, science fantasy
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Book Info: Genre: Dark fiction/Science Fantasy
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
Tom Whalley
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
You know, this Bel Dame Apocrypha series has been one hell of a messy, dirty, split-lip, bruised knuckles journey. It's well worth it.

Aight, says Tom, with a crack of his knuckles. Let's do this.

God's War set the stage for an utterly unique, horrifying world. It began with Nyxnissa so Dasheem, Bel Dame assassin, drinking whiskey hours after selling her womb. Not in a metaphorical 'carry someone's child' way, but a 'her internal stitches are tearing and she doesn't care' way. She went to a boxing
"In the garish light of the moons, the desert was a bloody carcass shot through with wind-worn splinters of stone that predated the beginning of the world."

"It was strange to find a world on the other side of the one you knew, one you never knew existed."

No book has had me this captivated for a long time. Not this year. I was ravenously hungry for the next sentence for hundreds of pages on end, biting back tears whilst simultaneously feeling the characters' dehydration headaches as if I was out
Antoni Comrie
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars.
Great dark scifi story, not a superb book, it doesnt try to be, but that doesn't stop it from being great. The varied perspectives and realistic outcomes really make the story easy to get immersed in.
The ending however was superb.
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on my blog, SpecFic Junkie.

Hnnn. <3 Rapture gave me whatever ephemeral something was missing. Less of an action ride than Infidel and more confident than God's War, Rapture brings the Bel Dame Apocrypha arc to just the right end, with everyone in their respective places.

Rapture follows a lot of the same themes as the previous books, but somehow it seems grittier and true because Nyx has finally gained something besides herself she's afraid to lose. And yet, she's still
This trilogy has had very interesting pacing. While I generally expect the last book of a trilogy to focus on concluding whatever plot the second book (usually the weakest) has started to spin out, here the second book went in a different direction, was mostly self-contained, and Rapture here decided to up the ante by dumping a truly amazing amount of additional worldbuilding into the mix: several more nations, an entire desert, a land past the desert, magicians who are way better than the ...more
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
4.5 that I am rounding up to 5 for the quality of the whole series, inventiveness of the world, and incredible characters. Nyx is one of those creations that must live beyond the page (even as terrifying and saddening a thought that might be) - absolutely incredible. And the supporting cast is just as wonderful!
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
This series is dark and violent, the last book in the trilogy could possibly be the darkest. The world building throughout is amazing and frightening and fascinating. The story concludes in a way I didn't see coming.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I'd let this book sit in the to-be-read pile for five long years. It's a testament to Kameron Hurley's world building that I was able to jump right back in without any confusion. Nyx rules.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fatima scrambled up. She grabbed the paper, shoved it toward her. Just bleed on it and youre a bel dame again, Nyx.

And you can control me.

Nyx, if you knew who we were after

Fuck you. And fuck the Queen.

The bel dames made you, Nyx. They can unmake you.

Nyx started to the door, only half expecting to get a knife in her back.

Its Raine al Alharazad, Fatima said. Your old boss.

Nyx stopped in the doorway.

Hes head of the broederbond now. He went missing three weeks ago. Rains always been a disgruntled
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

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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 Gods 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 ...more

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