Friday, 29 March 2013

New Author Spotlight: Kameron Hurley

New Author Spotlight is a series designed to introduce authors with up to 3 books in the different SF/F subgenres.

Today's spotlight shines on Kameron Hurley!

She's written numerous short stories and the Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy:

God's War won and was nominated for several awards, so if you haven't picked it up yet, maybe the synopsis will intrigue you:

Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn t make any difference...
On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there's one thing everybody agrees on--
There's not a chance in hell of ending it.
Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx's ugly past makes her the top pick for a covert recovery. The head they want her to bring home could end the war--but at what price?
The world is about to find out.

This is where I'd mention books similar to God's War so you know if it's a book that would interest you (beyond what the synopsis gives away).  Unfortunately, despite having read the book and wracking my brain for months, I can't come up with anything even remotely similar to compare it too.  The book is fascinating but brutal and based loosely on middle eastern culture.  It's science fiction with bug based magic.  It's got a seriously kick ass heroine who's been to war and back.  It's unique.

If you've read it, what did you think of it?  And if you know a comparison title, please share it in the comment section.

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