The Black God’s War

The Black God’s War

By: Moses Siregar III

I first mentioned this book a while ago, when I reviewed the excerpt novella that Siregar released prior to to the release of the full novel.  In that review, I mentioned that I would be anxiously awaiting the release of the full novel.  It was finally released at the beginning of August of 2011, and I immediately bought it for my kindle app.  Unfortunately, for me, my backlog on reading was such that I was just able to get through the novel.  It was worth the wait.

For a debut novel, I found the writing to be very well polished. There are a few places where the roughness shows through, but they don’t detract from the novel or story in any way.  In the novella, Siregar only shows us the POV of the Rezzian main characters, but in the novel, he opens up the world even further and gives us the POV of the Pawelon characters as well.  In a few places, especially at first, I felt that the Pawelon characters were a little bit thin, but I think that was because we get a much deeper history of the Rezzians that we don’t get until later with the Pawelons.

What I found really interesting, was that there really isn’t a clearly defined antagonist in the novel.  There isn’t one character that you despise throughout the story.  And, I don’t think there is supposed to be.  It’s actually a very clever device, that I think makes the book that much better.  Instead of pointing all of our angst as readers at one character, or a group of characters, Siregar points that angst at the human condition.  Or, more specifically, at the struggle to come to terms with our differences and see past transgressions.  Throughout, we see the characters struggle with their aim in life, and with the interferences of the Gods.

As you can imagine, a book with interfering Gods has some elements of magic and mysticism, but, I didn’t feel that it overpowered the story.  It would have been easy to overdo the magical elements of the book, but I think Siregar did a wonderful job of keeping them in check.  The story moves along at a nice clip, without hanging or slowing down to a painful pace like some fantasies tend to do.

If you’re looking for a great fantasy novel to read this winter, go and pick up The Black God’s War.  It’s on sale at Amazon’s Kindle store for $0.99.  Even at the full price of $4.99, it’s a bargain compared to some of the prices of it’s competitors.

The Black God’s War Novella

The Black God’s War

By: Moses Siregar III

This is a review of the Kindle novella version of The Black God’s War, which I read on my smart phone, so I won’t be discussing the typesetting, or formatting of the book at all.  (Not that I usually do that for paper books, either.)

It used to be that if you read a self-published bit of fiction, you got something that was unpolished, likely unedited, and just all around not worth reading.  Now, with the advances that have been made in self-publishing and it’s growing popularity among new and established authors, you’re more likely to stumble upon something worth reading.  That’s exactly what happened with this novella.

It’s meant as an introduction/teaser for the full length novel that is to be released sometime later this year, and you can tell that.  The plot carries along just fine, but the ending makes it very obvious that there is something more to it.  Knowing that it was a part of something larger to begin with made this a bit of a softer blow, but I can see where someone who didn’t know that would feel like the story had an abrupt and unsatisfying ending.  I think Siregar does a good job, between the addition to the title of the novella and in the introduction, of disclaiming the larger nature of the story, there are those who don’t read the electronic title or the introduction.

The writing is very good.  The dialogue moves along nicely and also moves the plot along.  There is very little wasted speech, unlike some who tend to have paragraph after paragraph of dialogue whose only purpose seem to be to give the reader some little nugget about the character who dies on the next page.  (Ok, that’s a bit dramatized, but you get the point.)  The story itself is good.  I’ll be honest and say that it isn’t the most unique setup that I’ve ever seen, but, then how many of them really are.  The way that he melds the Gods and the world together is well done, and I think it will be enhanced by the extra ability of a full novel.

This is one that I’ll be looking for when it is released.  The novella is enough of a taste of the world, the characters, and the quality writing, to make me want to find out what happens.

The Kindle version of this is, as of this writing, currently priced at the low-low price of free, so go pick it up if you have a Kindle!