The Black God’s War (Splendor and Ruin Book 1)
Moses Siregar III
Published by Cup of Gold
Released August 19, 2012
Against the backdrop of epic warfare and the powers of ten mysterious gods, Lucia struggles to understand The Black One.
Her father-king wants war.
Her messianic brother wants peace.
The black god wants his due.
She suffers all the consequences.
King Vieri is losing his war against the lands of Pawelon. Feeling abandoned by his god, he forces his son Caio, the kingdom’s holy savior, to lead his army. Victory ought to come soon.
To counter Caio’s powers, Pawelon’s prince enters the war. Rao is a gifted sage, a master of spiritual laws. He joins the rajah to defend their citadel against the invaders. But Rao’s ideals soon clash with his army’s general.
The Black One tortures Lucia nightly with visions promising another ten years of bloodshed. She can no longer tell the difference between the waking world and her nightmares. Lucia knows the black god too well. He entered her bed and dreams when she was ten.
The Black One watches, waiting to see Lucia confront an impossible decision over the fates of two men–and two lands.
What? That description wasn’t enough to hook you? I loved this book!! I can’t wait for the next one! This book has a Middle Eastern/Indian feel to it (There’s a Rajah! And LIONS. Who doesn’t like lions?!). The writing was beautiful and I was sucked in immediately. Just ask my poor husband who begged me to shut off the light so he could sleep. The characters were well-developed and even if you didn’t like them, you understood them and why they were the way they were. It was one of the few books that I’ve read lately that didn’t make me want to kill the main character. Lucia is a strong, intelligent person, not whiny and helpless and annoying like so many other female characters. There isn’t a clear side to root for, you want both of them to win. Main themes include revenge, faith, loyalty and karma. I’m interested in seeing how relationships between the countries/characters develop (and how the gods meddle!) in the next book. Highly recommended!!