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30. Crystal Rain - Tobias Buckell

On an alien world settled primarily by Caribbean peoples, there is a battle raging between the Azteca, who believe in human sacrifice and worship their Teotl gods, and the rest of the population who worship the Loa and have been successfully holding back the Azteca with a mountain fort that commands the one useable pass through the Wicked Highs. But the Azteca dig a tunnel and invade.

The ‘gods’ are aliens of two different types who appear to be using the humans to continue to fight a long-standing interstellar battle. But the humans have little choice at this point but to fight for their lives.

An interesting and complex world, with lots of details. The characters are well-drawn and there are layers that complicate the main characters.

My main point of contention with the novel is the use of a patois for the locals that I found irritating to read. I kept having to go back and reread spoken sentences, not because I didn’t understand them, but because the English was twisted and it bothered me.  Not to say others won’t find that not a problem, however.

This is the first book of a series, and I might, at some point, continue on, if only to learn more of the external world and the past history hinted at in this book.