The Black God's War: [A Stand-Alone Novel] (Splendor and Ruin, Book I)

The Black God's War: [A Stand-Alone Novel] (Splendor and Ruin, Book I)

by Moses Siregar III


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The Black God's War: [A Stand-Alone Novel] (Splendor and Ruin, Book I) by Moses Siregar III

"Moses is a fine writer deserving of success, and I think that it will follow ... Personally, I really enjoyed Moses's work."
-David Farland, NYT Bestselling Author of The Runelords

"The Black God's War is, to date, the finest example of quality independent fantasy I've seen."--IndieFantasyReview

"An inventive tale with high command of craft."
-Scott Nicholson, Bestselling Kindle Author of The Red Church


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 conflict. 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.


"The writing is tight, the characters well-drawn and deep, and the world feels alive and many-layered." -W. Brondtkamffer's Blog

"Siregar's prose is smooth and he has his sense of pacing nailed down ... More like this, please." -Signal dot Noise blog

"If you want to read a talented new author with a flair for storytelling, you should definitely pick up this story." -Debra L. Martin's Review, Two Ends of the Pen Blog

"... excellent storytelling in this debut, a tale spun with a degree of elegance I did not fully." -Ron C. Nieto's Blog

"Siregar's strongest suit may be the character development on display, as the royal siblings and a few other characters exude their personalities and frailties in a believable fashion." -Skull Salad Reviews

"'The Black God's War' has all the right ingredients ... His characters are as passionate as his descriptive prose. The pacing is perfect ... This is a work epic fantasy fans don't want to miss." -Bryan Thomas Schmidt's blog

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614758594
Publisher: Cup of Gold
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Moses Siregar III is a co-host of the popular Adventures In SciFi Publishing podcast, where he has interviewed Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Guy Gavriel Kay, Sherrilyn Kenyon, David Farland, Tracy Hickman, Dan Wells, Michael A. Stackpole, Eric Flint, Laura Resnick, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Nathan Bransford, Robin Sullivan, and Michael J Sullivan. The AISFP podcast has also interviewed Neil Gaiman, Kevin J Anderson, and Ray Bradbury, among others. Moses has a B.A. in Religion. He lives in Prescott, AZ with his wife and son. 'The Black God's War' is his first novel.

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The Black God's War: A Novella Introducing a New Epic Fantasy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
LaneDrapt More than 1 year ago
At times Siregar's Black God's War feels like a great Homeric-style epic, yet it maintains fast pace and action of a good ol' fantasy novel. It reminded me of Dan Simmon's Olympos in many ways, which in my book really saying something. I look forward to reading more this author.
jrussell1 More than 1 year ago
Something refreshing in fantasy lately: a book that moves along at every page. This story continuously rocks. If you've read the novella you know what it's about. It got better. Enough fantasy elements for my taste without these elements being the end-all and be-all. It's still about real people with real experiences, and told nicely. Loved the characters. For not having to skip pages to get to the plot like the past couple of best seller fantasies I had to slog through it gets 5 stars from me.
mindytanner More than 1 year ago
I read the novella to this story. It was great. The one thing about the writer is that he has gone above and beyond to promote this book. I have read several of the pubit books and have yet to read anymore by that writer A fresh look on epic fantasy and in my opinion I loved this book
OperationMindcrime More than 1 year ago
Excellent read and very thought provoking. Moses Siregar has a great deal to offer fans of epic novels.
adventuresfantastic More than 1 year ago
This was a compelling fantasy set in a world that isn't modeled on western medieval Europe. The characters were complex, the combat gripping, and the story surprising. I strongly recommend this book. It kept me up late more than one night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story line but some of the war scenes was long and often. Though some may like this I found them to be a little boring for me.
TimothyCWard More than 1 year ago
I was continually amazed at how such a high quality book could be an author's debut. The specific description he uses to paint the scenery, fill us in on characters' inner experiences, illustrate one of the most fascinating magic/religious systems I've read or seen, and blow my mind with complex characters (including snippets inside the point of view of various gods) made this read an absolute pleasure. Add to that a plot that was so intense I was astonished at how much happened by the 50% mark, and then only got better, throwing twists left and right as if Moses were some kind of magician samurai. In the first half of the book, you are put into main characters from both sides of a war. I was intrigued by how Moses made me care about both sides, and became immediately pulled into figuring out how he would conclude the potential war. No spoilers here, so I'll just say that I was impressed with Moses going the extra mile to keep me on my toes till the very end. I commend Moses for such a well-written book. This being his first actually weighed more heavily on my rating being a four (because I am very confident he'll write a better book), but I was thoroughly impressed. I'm still a little shocked at how much Moses opened my eyes to the expanse of one's imagination as seen through his unrelenting style, plot and characterization. I cared about every single person in this book. I was engulfed in the description of every paragraph. And I never knew what was going to happen next. I know that took a ton of work, Moses. If you can do that again, I'll be there to read it. I read for about 8 hours today to finish this, and it was a treat I won't forget.
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What an Amazing Book! I just love it! Definetly a Must Read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story that gets better as it goes along. Well worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as expected from the reviews.
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Well worth the time and far better than many first novels. I look forward to more from this author.
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Loved this book
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tottman More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to receive an early review copy of The Black God’s War, a very interesting fantasy debut from Moses Siregar III. The Black God’s War is an interesting take on fantasy tropes in that there is not really a clear cut “evil” to overcome or a clearcut “good” to overcome it. Both sides in the battle have their own viewpoint and it’s never clear what would constitute a victory for either side. The writing is consistently good and the characters feel real and interesting. The system of magic is certainly different, but ultimately not very well explained. One side in the conflict, the Rezzians, calls upon the powers of the gods, who are present if not often seen, or at least seen by many, yet whether or not they choose to manifest their powers as called upon is somewhat arbitrary. The other side in the conflict, the Pawelons, rely on powerful sages. These sages use a form of concentration and mantras to manifest their powers. Several things about this system of magic are never made clear, however. Some sages study for years, but can apparently teach their powers to others with no apparent training in a matter of days or hours. It is also never explained what makes some sages more powerful than others or how those powers compare to the powers wielded by the Rezzian gods. The plot moves steadily forward and maintains interest, but the results of the battles and the strategies employed are unreliable. The feelings and motivations of some, but not all, of the main characters seem to change almost randomly. It is hard to become invested in the outcome of the battles when there seems to be no permanence or consequence to them. Maybe the point is that motivations for starting and continuing a war are murky and clouded by personal feelings of those in charge. Or that the outcome of battles and maybe even entire wars is irrelevant and inconsequential. As a story, though, it is ultimately unsatisfying. The level of the writing and some of the concepts involved make this an interesting read. The holes in the plot and the arbitrariness of some of the outcomes make it less satisfying. 3 stars.
Simon-Royle More than 1 year ago
It had been a while since I had read any fantasy, but I'd heard lots of good things about The Black God's War (and the cover and title made me want to get at it), so when I got some time over the Christmas holidays I dived in. This is a BIG book, truly deserving of the EPIC description. King's, Prince's, Princesses and the Gods that are aligned with them, are the characters, with a supporting cast of soldiers, whores and the masses. All set in a conflict which has been dragging on for decades in a land, well detailed, and carefully mapped. This is no "beach read", I found that I had to retrace my steps a few times to check a plot point (the plot was tight) simply because there is a lot going on. One thing I loved was how the God's appear to the one that they are aligned with but not to others. I confess that I have not read Homer, so I came to this without any preconceptions and I was not disappointed. Highly recommended.
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As I read this book I continuously felt torn between both fighting factions. Each character was so well crafted that I felt that they were more than just vehicles to move the plot along, they were complex, with varied backgrounds that led to their different approaches to the war being waged. Even the gods were more than just omniscient beings, they have story to tell to and I really hope that it will be told along the way in the following books in the series.
Robin Fontenot More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book. A twist on some Roman/greek classics. I would recommend this book to fantasy readers. Well writen with a nice flow. I look forward to more works by this author.
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If there were more than five stars to give, i would have given this story more. Great story. I can barely wait for more from this fine author!