The Black God's War by Moses Siregar III
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I did really enjoy this book and I might even stretch it up to 4.5 stars. I had only a couple of minor issues but over all it was a good one, even tho it was a bit long.
This story seems drawn on Homer's Illiad. There is a great war and a pantheon of gods that took part. However, its not really clear for the reason behind the war. With the Illiad it was because of Helen of Troy with Rezzia and Powelon its not so clear.
There were four characters that countered each other: Ciao and Lucia were Rezzian brother and sister and they countered Prince Rao and Narayami. Ciao was the boy born to be the war priest and healer and in the begining he only wanted peace and to end the war. As the war progressed it seemed to twist his mind and he seemed to believe that this war was the will of the gods. Lucia was definitely a strong female character. She was also born to be a spiritual healer but kept this gift from the gods a secret out of respect for her brother. She was very strong and independent and fought alongside the soldiers. She was a definite leader and someone to be respected and a natural leader. Prince Rao was also strong in spirit and also desired peace but his father pushed him to be strong and to believe they were doing right by the war instead of trying to find a way to end it. It seems like in any book there is one character that will get on your nerves, Narayami is just such a character. She is beautiful and spoiled and seems like she feels like no one loves her quite enough. She wants someone to stay right there with her 24/7 and just be with her. And when they don't she goes out of her way to get in the middle of things that she has no business in.
The cultures of these two countries seem to be very different. Rezzia is very religous based and the people are very intertwined with their dieties. Powelon is based more on Karma and doesn't believe in gods but they have developed powers within themselves. Both are formidable adversaries. The Rezzians are the aggressors in this war, wanting to impose their religion on thte Powelons. They feel like they would be improving the lives of the Powelons even tho they are happy with the way things are.
The ending kinda surprised me. Not that it was a bad ending, I just expected it to end differently. I won't risk a spoiler by expanding on that just wanted to say it was not what I expected.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story and I look forward to the next one in this series. I would recommend this especially to anyone who enjoyed the Illiad or who enjoys fantasy.
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