years in exile, Nyx has finally been offered everything she thought she ever
wanted. The Bel Dames want her
back, and they want her to fix the mess that’s become of Nasheen in the last
bloody days of the war with Chenja, and the armistice that came after. To do it, Nyx and her team will have to
travel to the ends of the earth, and she’ll have to give up everything she’s
built in her exile. Again.
into Rapture, one might expect more
of the same from Hurley; it’s a formula that works and keeps the reader
engaged. But Hurley changes it up
in the final installment of the Bel Dame Aprocrypha, turning the tale of one
rogue Bel Dame into the story of an evolving world. Readers will be pleasantly surprised to find that previously
minor characters take on a much larger role in this novel; and the personal
stakes of the plot are much higher.
in this novel is more concrete than in previous installments, particularly as
it is built through dialog and personal interactions. Nyx grows as a character, in ways that are realistic and in
keeping with everything the reader learns about her throughout the series. Her hard-won self-knowledge is a great
allegory for the life of a planet that had been at war with its inhabitants
since they arrived, and provides a prescient mirror for what we are
experiencing right here on earth today.
who enjoyed the first two novels in this series will of course enjoy the
conclusion to the stories of a very compelling set of characters. Hurley has proven herself not just a
strong writer, but one who is able to make the reader think; readers of Phillip
K. Dick, Ursula Le Guin, and Ann Leckie are encouraged to check out this
series, as well as Hurley’s other work.
This novel and series is recommended for lovers of alternate or future
technology stories, like the work of Alistair Reynolds or Frank Herbert.