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5.0 out of 5 starsNyx is Back!
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2018
In all of sci-fi and fantasy land, there's only one Nyx. (probably a good thing!) This one collects 5 novella's, some of which you may have read if you support Kameron Hurley on Patreon. Regardless, they are all good reads, classic Nyx. Long time fans will get a well needed fix and new readers are in for a treat, a bloody one, but a treat none the less! Well worth the price of admission!
5.0 out of 5 starsMight not hold on its own, but a great second-helping
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2019
This is a collection of short stories from the deplorable gang of characters that you've gotten to know from Kameron's previous books. As such, it dives right into her unique war-torn bug-punk world. I'm afraid if you are not prepared for it, then you'd be in for a confusing series of stories about nasty people. BUT if you've read the previous bel dame books, and are already primed and itching for more, then this collection is perfect! Its stories are good, short reads that can be powered through when you need to kill an hour. So that's pretty much it: don't start with this book, but once you've finished her other books, be sure to come back for this one.
I wasn't familiar with the character Nyx before reading this, and I guess a lot of people are coming to this from other, but it all feels so relentless - she just keeps on making poor decisions with second-rate equipment and staff who justifiably hate her, and she still keeps scraping through.
So unless you love the character and story style from other books, I'd suggest passing on this one.
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2018
I have never read a book by this author before. Given that, I don't think that this book was the ideal entry point since the main character has been introduced in other novels. However, once I got into the stories, it was a great read.
The Bel Dame Apocrypha is one of my favorite SFF series ever, and this novella collection is just as awesome. It adds even more depth to the already super complex characters, and worldbuilding. The only problem is that it's too short. I could read about Nyx, and her crew forever.
4.0 out of 5 starsSF and fantasy blended together with a whiskey chaser. Fiction with attitude and verve.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 14, 2019
The world of Umayma is still rocked by the ongoing war between the nations of Nasheen and Chenja. Former bel dame assassin turned freelance mercenary Nyx is still profiting on the sidelines of the war, slowly gathering a team of trusted associates to more effectively take on contracts, and hoping she doesn't get them killed in the process.
Apocalypse Nyx is a collection of five short stories (a couple approaching novella size) set in the world of Kameron Hurley's Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy. The stories take place before the trilogy (God's War, Infidel, Rapture) and serve several functions, including being an origin story for several of Nyx's associates. Interestingly Nyx herself doesn't get such backstory, perhaps as the novels told that story well enough or because Hurley is holding onto that story for another time.
Instead, we get the stories of how Khos and Anneke join the team, how the team operates together, why Rhys stayed with them for so long and the sort of small jobs that keep the team ticking over between the more epic events of the novels. It has to be said that these are all splendid. Like the trilogy, these stories feel like a pint of science fiction mixed with a pint of fantasy and washed down with absinthe. The stories brim with attitude and verve, even moreso since Hurley can set up and resolve the story in a few dozen pages rather than across hundreds.
There aren't too many problems as such, although those who enjoy short story collections for variations in tone may be disappointed: the collection retains the same bloody-minded attitude as the novels, with a fair amount of violence, mayhem and adult content. The short length of the stories does allow for a sharper focus though, and the stakes are correspondingly a lot lower. It's interesting to see how readily Nyx hits the self-destruct button when the team are tasked with a simple data retrieval mission, perhaps explaining how she reacts when the fate of the nation/world are at stake in the trilogy.
The most successful story is the last one, "Paint It Red", where Nyx is offered the chance to join another team of mercenaries. The idea of not being in charge and not having responsibility appeals to Nyx, but soon she discovers the price of working for a team whose morality is a lot more compromised than her own. The reader realises that Nyx, for all her myriad faults, has a sense of fairness and honour that sets her apart from others of her kind, and makes her ultimately a protagonist worth rooting for.
Apocalypse Nyx (****½) is a fine collection of razor-sharp, bloody-minded tales from one of the most interesting voices in modern genre fiction. It is available now in the UK and USA.
5.0 out of 5 starsFurther worldbuilding and beloved characters
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 19, 2018
I have adored the God's War/Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy for years and was so pleased to see this collection of short stories. I think the original trilogy ended on the perfect note, so I am pleased that these are not a continuance but rather a filling-in of backstory - further world building, detailing the fascinating technology and politics of Hurley's impossible world, and more of the characters I had come to love --- all bundled up into tightly-plotted, white-knuckle mystery plots.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2019
I love the Bel Dame books and bought this one without hesitation. Then realised I had already read the first short story as an individual release but I cannot skip ahead because the book is not chaptered.