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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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But boy, was I wrong.
Not only was I pleased by what I found in this book--I was blown away. Siregar is a true talent, combining beautiful writing skills with spellbinding and original storylines and believable and lovable characters.
The characters and worldbuilding in particular were impressive. Any novelist would be pleased to have generated such a complex and thoroughly real world as the one Siregar has created; I was astonished to find such fantastic creativity in a first novel. Though based heavily in real past cultures, the thoroughness of Siregar's exploration and manipulation of these cultures offers a fresh splash of originality and concreteness to the narrative. The cultures of the Rezzians and Pawelons are both distinct and equally understandable, complete with belief systems and cultural quirks that make the characters all the more believable. It is easy to relate to them due to the deep understanding Siregar offers of their culture, their backgrounds, and the beliefs that govern their lives. Further, this excellent cultural and character development keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire novel, because you honestly cannot decide which side you wish to win the war--Caio and Lucia, hesitant commander of Rezzia's armies and his tormented sister, or Rao, compassionate and caring prince of Pawelon. Siregar's descriptions, especially of emotion and setting, are vivid and creative, drawing you into the lives of the characters. Their love and sorrow, their loss and victory, is all deeply emotional and immerses the reader in it.
The emotion in the novel is made even more visceral by its sometimes painful reality. The characters act as real people--they are unwilling heroes, passionate lovers, desperate saviors, dubious believers, and angry at their gods and circumstances. Sometimes survival trumps ethics; many of the characters must sacrifice their happy endings to save the lives of others. The characters are grim but heroic, willing to do what must be done while never forgetting their own ends, just as real people would. Each personality resonates with distinct and beautiful clarity and diversity. Each one has his or her own view of the war and their role in it, and the well-executed point of view switches allows the reader to explore every perspective, to view their hero through the eyes of his enemy.
The gods portrayed in the novel were one of the highlights. They remain as enigmatic to the reader as the characters, willing to champion those who pray to them but prone to quicksilver temper and whim. Their interactions with the Pawelons are particularly intriguing, and it remains a mystery to the reader how real the gods actually are (since Pawelons assert that it is only belief that constructs reality).
The battle scenes were also constructed with the care and detail attributed to the rest of the novel. Fast-paced and breathless, these scenes were neither overdone nor underwhelming, and never disappoint as the climactic turning points they often represent.
I love fantasy, but I will be the first to admit that the genre has a tendency towards long-windedness and suffers from chronic rough patches that must be struggled through in order to appreciate it. This is completely absent in The Black God's War. The pace is relentless, the action is furious, and the slower sections never cause the reader to lose interest. Despite this, the pace was never rushed either. I absolutely devoured this novel--not for a moment was I bored when reading it. In other words, this is the type of fantasy that even people not interested in the genre will enjoy.
Only two aspects marred the near-flawless execution of the novel. First, and most minor, is the sometimes odd or jarring descriptions (but that is to be expected of a non-professionally edited novel and easily forgiven due to the beauty of most of his writing). The other was that there were many sex scenes that, to me, seemed unnecessary and out of place, disrupting the pace and leaving me confused about the purpose of including such a scene. However, these complaints are minor and overall did not hinder my enjoyment of the novel in any way.
To close, I will say that Siregar is one of the most singularly gifted authors I have ever had the pleasure of reading, and The Black God's War is, without a doubt, one of the most brilliantly engaging pieces of literature to be found in the fantasy genre today. I am very grateful to have given this wonderful book the chance it deserved to find its place in my heart, and I hope that you will too.
Bottom line: I absolutely recommend reading this if you have a flicker of interest. Then decide for yourself.