- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Cup of Gold (August 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161475859X
- ISBN-13: 978-1614758594
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 125 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,717,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)
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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 story also unfolds in a manner that maintains reader interest and drives curiosity. This is a difficult task in this genre because writers often lapse into descriptions of the world rather than concentrating on the depth of the characters and plot. I find the plot twists and random events were spellbinding.
This is also my kind of story because it is dark and has powerful women characters that capture the imagination. It also does not end in the way that one would expect, and this leaves you wanting more of the story. If you are a fantasy reader, this book will definitely please you.
Bottom line: I absolutely recommend reading this if you have a flicker of interest. Then decide for yourself.
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.