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.