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The Black God's War: [A Stand-Alone Novel] (Splendor and Ruin, Book I) Paperback – August 1, 2011
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"Given the quality of the writing, you would not know that this is Siregar's first novel and he set the bar quite high ... I enjoyed this book, immensely. It had style, it had substance, and it had a lot of heart." (9.4/10) -FantasyBookReview.co.uk
"The Black God's War is, to date, the finest example of quality independent fantasy I've seen."--IndieFantasyReview
"Simply a great book, skillfully written. It is intriguing, holds your interest and has some surprising twists and turns that will pleasantly, or unpleasantly, surprise you. For a debut novel ... simply outstanding." -Ray Nicholson (Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer)
"... a rather brilliant climax that left me grinning from ear to ear ... By the time you flip to the last few pages, I hope you have the shivers just as I did." -Journal of Always
"... a debut that showcases talent .... Give this Indie debut a try as it promises a talented author to watch for who hopefully will continue to enthrall his readers for a long, long time.." -Fantasy Book Critic
From the Back Cover
Against the backdrop of epic warfare and the powers of ten mysterious gods, Lucia struggles to understand The Black One.
Her father-king wants war.
Her messianic brother wants peace.
The black god wants his due.
She suffers all the consequences.
King Vieri is losing his war against the lands of Pawelon. Feeling abandoned by his god, he forces his son Caio, the kingdom's holy savior, to lead his army. Victory ought to come soon.
To counter Caio's powers, Pawelon's prince enters the war. Rao is a gifted sage, a master of spiritual laws. He joins the rajah to defend their citadel against the invaders. But Rao's ideals soon clash with his army's general.
The Black One tortures Lucia nightly with visions promising another ten years of bloodshed. She can no longer tell the difference between the waking world and her nightmares. Lucia knows the black god too well. He entered her bed and dreams when she was ten.
The Black One watches, waiting to see Lucia confront an impossible decision over the fates of two men--and two lands.
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The writing style is spare and concise, painting its visions with a minimal amount of prose. Major characters grow and change from very sketchy beginnings. The storyline does not follow expected paths, so that the reader is often surprised by events. The reader gets the impression of being part of a great war while following only the handful of main characters. Unlike many first novels, this story has no technical problems with spelling or grammar. There is still room for the author's style to mature and blossom, spicing up his very clean prose to become more vivid and exciting.
I generally prefer more light-hearted fantasies, and found this one to be a bit too dark for my taste. I enjoy those happy endings that are so very commonplace in fantasy literature. However, I find myself thinking about the various events within Black God's War and its very different magic systems, so that I feel that reading the book was very much worth my time. I will look forward to further books by this author.
Moses creates a world where on one side gods adhere to the whims of humans (albeit in mysterious ways) and on the other side sages trained in powerful magics provide most of the firepower.
The parallel to 'faith vs science' in our modern world was not lost on me, and I thought Moses did a good job exposing the pitfalls and advantages of both.
Moses creates well-rounded (almost too well-rounded) main characters; our male heroes (on both sides) seem strangely similar to one another while the women clearly stand out as having the most interesting personalities.
My favorite character was Lucia, the fiery-haired daughter of the king of the 'faith' side, who is torn between a mysterious dark reality and a reluctant belief in her goddess and the gods in general. It's not that she doesn't literally believe, she simply feels tiny and helpless in the grand scheme of things, and that makes her angry most of the time. Lucia is a powerful warrior who commands a god's power, yet her decisions are somewhat compromised by the aforementioned dark reality and, of course, love.
My second favorite character was Narayani, the adopted daughter of the 'sages' side general. She is clearly a hot mess throughout the book, and I loved her for it.
Moses has a great delivery and carries the story well, measured by how fast I was naturally drawn into the book, which is to say I read The Black God's War (fairly long) in about a week, a very busy week at that. I was drawn particularly into the love between Lucia and Ilario, especially her vulnerability at some points. I also liked the depth at which Moses drew up the environment, the detailed lives of two peoples suffering under the yolk of war, driven by their leaders for reasons that seemed maddening; pride, duty, tradition? It made for a very good sense of tension throughout.
My only complaint might be toward the end where some continuity seemed lost as the final chapters unfolded. There weren't so much plot twists as there were a series of crazy, seemingly off-the-cuff, events that shaped the future of the two nations. However, the emotion was never lost, and the book left me filled with that familiar sense of wonder and amazement we all get after a good read.
All in all a great adventure. Well worth my time and $$$. I recommend The Black God's War for anyone who loves high fantasy and high adventure.