Summary

On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past - while a world goes to war with itself. In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.
As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father's people or loyalty to her alien Empress.
Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself. In the end, one world will rise - and many will perish.
©2014 Kameron Hurley (P)2014 Audible Studios
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3 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Hanly on 09-08-15

Very Interesting, but Fails to Maintain Momentum

Struggled after the half way mark when none of the events seemed significant in the bigger picture of the story arc, or maybe it's that the larger story arc wasn't established enough for me to understand the bigger picture.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 25-06-18

An Original and Complex Fantasy Saga

I have seen quite a few people knocking this book, but I would say to any one considering reading (or listening to it, rather) - stick with it! It is a bit difficult to wrap your mind around at first, I will most certainly grant you that. BUT, it is rewarding because this is a wholly unique fantasy world. It is not the sort of world or story you are used to with your more mainstream authors, but it is one all unto itself. After this book, I immediately had to get the next and I'm dying waiting for the third book to come out! 10/10, will definitely read/listen to again!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sean Higgins on 19-09-15

Captivating & thrilling

I got this on the recommendation of a friend and I am SO glad I did! It was confusing at first, but keep going & you'll catch on. Some of the most amazing world building I've ever seen. This style reminds me of ASOIAF, but this author is more brutal than GRRM (in a good way!). I loved the array of perspectives-- people of all (& multiple genders), disabled folks, & different cultures. Loved the unique characters. Five stars for sure.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Paul Houser on 19-10-16

Ho hum

After reading the wonderfully gritty Bel Dame Apocrypha (which was stunning) I expected a gritty fantasy The narrator had the wrong voices for this type of fantasy. She'd probably be fine for a cosy mystery.

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