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War: The Afterlife Series V

(The Afterlife Series #5)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  387 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The time has come to free the captured gods of this new world and to save Heaven and Earth from the forces of Chaos. Kate and Daniel know they have a big mess to clean up, and hope that their secrets never come out. But their companions are gods, and their powers may allow them to learn how much of the troubles of the world were caused by Kate and Daniel themselves.
Published June 11th 2011 by Smashwords Edition (first published 2009)
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Jen Fabico
Book number 32 in my 2012 Reading Challenge of 50 books is War by Mur Lafferty. War is the fifth and final installment of The Afterlife Series.

In War Daniel and Kate find themselves still unable to move forth from the areas of Meridian, Lathe and Leviathan and later, find out that it is because of (view spoiler) It is up to Kate and Daniel to gather their troops and defeat this obstruction. It is claimed that this
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, death
Better end to the series than the previous two books. Liked seeing the War begin and how the various newly created gods fought.
Melissa Hayden
Kate and Daniel travel their second world to free the gods imprisoned on this world. They need all the help they can get to go to war to save Earth 1, Heaven, Hell, and even this world. But, no matter how hard you try, not everyone wants what they think. Kate and Daniel work to try and save the worlds they've created.

The story does start with a fellow voice friend giving a recap of the four previous stories, to bring us completely up to par for what this book has to hold for us. I really liked t
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one's quite interesting as it explores, in more detail, the group of gods that we left at the end of the fourth novella. The realisation that the blackness that surrounds the first Earth is related to the improbability storms is an important one that makes it clear that there is work to be done, and a central problem around which the gods must rally. They approach different gods, attempting to draw them to the cause, and not always succeeding.

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Interesting way to round out the series. Without giving anything away, the main characters have come full circle in their journey, seeing the results of their actions, how they affect others and how to take responsibility for that. It reminds me of the Buddhist concept of the three stages of life. In the first stage our heroes very much lived in their own worlds and were perfectly content there. Then they were called on a mission, and they were forced to leave their worlds (egos) behind and beco ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Fantastic end to the series. Kate and Daniel come to grips with the mess of things that they've made, and work with the other new gods to find a way to fix things.

One of the things I especially appreciated about this novella was the way Lafferty expands on the concepts introduced in the previous volume, Wasteland - not only the airborne city Meridian and its twin, Lathe, but also the different gods that were introduced. Their archetypes will be familiar to anyone who's studied Greek mythology (o
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Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series! I stumbled across it just recently and burned through all five seasons at work. First, thank you Mighty Mur for the entertainment. Great books always make my housecleaning job more tolerable. Second, in a world full of carbon-copy books, it was so refreshing to listen to something unusual for a change! This series had me guessing incorrectly at outcomes so often, I gave up around the third season and let the story pull me along, not knowing what was going to happen next. Well writt ...more
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I listened to the first half last fall, and then due to unforseen circumstances, I didn't pick it up again until last week. So, the beginning is a little murky in my memory. However, after following the journey of Kate and Daniel for five years, I am pleased to note that the book moves with the twists and turns readers have come to expect from the series. Everything has a purpose. Everything has a place. And our heroes know only slightly more about what's going on than we do. You might get lost ...more
I cannot recommend this entire series highly enough. It truly is amazing. Much brilliance and humor and drama and nail-biting action. Kate and Daniel have become some of my favorite characters over the course of five books, and their love story is also one of my favorites. Many philosophical nuggets to chew on. I really enjoy what Lafferty has done to weave familiar mythology together with her own new mythology.
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WHAAAAAAT?!?!?! I can't believe that's how it all ends. It's not a terrible ending but I feel that after all the work Kate & Daniel put in to be together they end up getting separated anyway. It's a complete 180 from the cookie cutter ending I was expecting & that's why I give it 5 stars. Mur Lafferty gives you a HUGE punch in the gut with Heaven: War but it's like that final blow between two best friends who are play fighting. LOVED IT! ...more
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Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not one for endings. I personally hate when things are over. Gotta hand it to Mur though: The ending was a true ending. It didn't leave a lot of questions about what happened (although though I would love to know what happened in the after math of things for the Earth 2.0 and the characters from "Earth" like Kevin and Jane) and it set up a great ending for Kate and Daniel.
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2012, kindle, fiction
A very interesting end to this great series. Lafferty has created a very believable mythology and some fantastic characters. I felt a few loose ends weren't tied up, but I look forward to reading more of Lafferty's work.
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous conclusion, she masterfully balances the often conflicting motives of wrapping up threads and maintaining the pace and tone of the series. No worries, you won't have a Lost type fizzle at the end of this series.
B.  Barron
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Solid end to a solid series.
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had been able to pay more attention to this entire series, but that's what you get for listening to audio books when you're at work pretending you can read Russian.
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Mur Lafferty is the author of Solo: A Star Wars Story and the Hugo and Nebula nominated novel Six Wakes, The Shambling Guides series, and several self pubbed novels and novellas, including the award winning Afterlife series. She is the host of the Hugo-winning podcast Ditch Diggers, and the long-running I Should Be Writing. She is the recipient of the John Campbell Award for best new writer, the M ...more

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The Afterlife Series (6 books)
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