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The Black God's War [A Stand-Alone Novel] (Prelude to the Splendor and Ruin Trilogy) by [Siregar III, Moses]
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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

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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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  • File Size: 1179 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
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  • Publisher: Cup of Gold; 2nd edition (August 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FC0MX8
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This newly released epic fantasy by Moses Siregar III takes the novella of this same name and expands it to a full-length novel. And what well executed expansion it is! The author does a fantastic job really fleshing out the culture of each tribe, and the personalities of the important players. As a result, my sympathies didn't fall squarely on one side or the other. In fact, I was conflicted about who should win this war, and that really added to my investment in this story. I was no longer just a reader, I was involved.

With well-defined main characters, I was really able to feel I knew them through their actions and thoughts as well as their words. Inside each of them rested both positive and negative qualities, rounding them out to make them realistic and whole. In each of the main characters, I saw growth as some emerged as more than they seemed and others diminished in my eyes. There were quite a few unexpected events in this book. I loved that I couldn't predict anything, and I read in disbelief as unexpected things happened. The ending felt very complete in itself, and it left me anxious to discover where we were headed in the next book. This book was not what I would call religious, but the very core of the the conflict between the two tribes of people involved spirituality of a sort The epic war waged in the story resembled any number of wars battled in our own history for similar reasons. Diverse beliefs are the ultimate battleground, and this book does a good job of making it clear that "right" is perhaps not always easy to discern.

As with the novella, this book is well-written and the pacing is excellent. Although the beginning felt a bit slow, I was quickly engaged in the adventure.
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This review is for the full-length novel; I reviewed the novella last year, but since then, Moses Siregar has completed the novel and polished this refreshing new fantasy to a very satisfying degree.

I should note that I provided some editorial support on this book in the early stages of redrafting, but since then the author has rewritten extensively under the guidance of two more editors. The book I am now reviewing barely resembles the drafts I was asked to comment on, and I am, to say the least, impressed by the end product.

The Black God's War is set in Siregar's own world during a prolonged conflict between two very different nations. The Rezzians have a lot of Hellenistic traits, not least of all their pantheon of ten gods, whereas the Pawelons have a much more Indian feel, and their religion is closer to Buddhism, but with traces of Hinduism also discernible.

We follow the fortunes of the Rezzian royal family - principally Caio, the messianic son of King Vieri, and his sister, Lucia. batting for the other side we have the spiritually gifted Rao who grows to frightening stature with his feats of psychism.

The clash of cultures is brought to a head with fierce magical/spiritual battles between powerful but flawed personalities, but always present are the mysterious, often invisible, gods of the Rezzians.

Mystery is heaped upon mystery, and characters are forced to face up to the fact that their world views, their assumptions about the opposing culture, are not necessarily correct. The virtual atheism fails to account for the potency of the Rezzian gods.

For me, the most vital character was Lucia - something of an Amazonian woman whose dynamics concerning her father and brother are compelling.
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The writing in this book is easy to read and generally well done. However, after reading a quarter of the way through the book I still didn't feel invested in any of the characters, nor did I particularly care about the war that the book is centered around. It may get better if you read further, but nothing in the plot engaged me enough to make me want to keep reading. I think it's mostly because the conflict in question seemed fairly pointless with little weight as to who wins.
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In The Black God's War, Moses Siregar crafts a story that is unlike almost anything on the market today. It is a book full of excitement, joy, sorrow, pain...and most of all, a great deal of heart. And while it suffers from some of the shortcomings of independent publishing, in the end Siregar's tale of gods and men succeeds wildly. It is a triumph of indie publishing, showcasing trope-less storytelling that I'm guessing many publishers wouldn't take a chance on traditionally. And if they wouldn't, they would be doing a great disservice, to both themselves, and to fans of fantasy, mythology, and just plain fun storytelling.

The story focuses on numerous main characters from the combating nations of Rezzia and Pawelon, and it's in this defining struggle that Siregar shows off the first of his great gifts for storytelling. The war is not an effect, but a cause, and I consider that a great thing; it is simply a part of life that the characters deal with. The main characters from Rezzia (the spiritual leader Caio and princess Lucia) and Pawelon (Prince Rao, his friend Aayu, and his lover Narayani) don't want war; or at least, they don't feel that the war needs to go on. This war is older than them, to the point where it almost seems like Pawelons and Rezzians battle because they believe they are meant to, without any inciting incidents to rekindle hatreds. "The Pawelons are pigs, the Rezzians are dogs, let's kill us some foreigners," seems to be the mantra of many of the nationalists. And it's out of this haze of war, of right and wrong, of good and evil, that we learn that neither side is, in fact, guilty or innocent.
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