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.

Comments

  1. Thanks again for another great review!

    I really enjoyed your comments about the lack of an antagonist. So far, a couple reviewers have grumbled about this, but many more have seemed to like the book because of the way it’s hard to root against anyone for too long. In my mind, the characters have their various antagonists (e.g. Lucia with Danato, but mostly with the Rezzians against the Pawelons and vice versa). But it is a little unusual to set up a story this way. As you know, I was also paying my respects to the Iliad in this way. But I did that because I think if you’re going to write about war, at least one of the books should show how relative things can be, depending on your point of view.

    I’m finding that it’s harder to write that way in the second book, although there’s still going to be a similar set-up. Book 2 starts with a new culture (Andars; Ilario and Jurg were Andaran) in conflict with Rezzia, but this time there will be a stronger antagonist figure on the Rezzian side, one that’s hinted at in the final chapter of book 1. It should set things up for all kinds of fun in book 3. 🙂

  2. Shane Ede says:

    In some ways, I think it’s easier to have a strong antagonist, as a writer. But, I think that it really is easier too, as a reader, to blame everything on the antagonist, and forget that the protagonist is fallible as well. Doing it the way you did in book 1, we are able to see that not everyone is as bad as their enemy makes them out to be.

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