The Kingdom of Gods

The Kingdom of Gods

Book - 2011
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For 2,000 years the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the gods are free, and the Arameri's ruthless grip is slipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending war.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316043939
0316043931
Branch Call Number: F Jem

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goddessbeth
Jan 17, 2019

Much as I didn't want to say goodbye to the stunning, lush, evocative world that N.K. Jemisin built in this series, I really liked how the trilogy ended. There were parts of this story that were frustrating in terms of character development (Sieh is the MC and narrator, and his aspect is childhood and mischief...so there's deliberate tension in wanting him to be more mature about some things but also knowing that he literally can't be). It's pretty masterfully done, actually. And I really thought the ending was going to go differently- no spoilers, but I was on edge for the last quarter of the book, really. :)

Also, this isn't a political book (and it's a fantasy novel, so there's only so much relevance it *could* have), but the whole Arameri/Amn world domination thing felt pretty relevant to me. At least in that I hope reality mirrors fiction a bit.

Long story short: do yourself a favor and read this series!

mvkramer Feb 20, 2014

In this book, we get to know Sieh the Trickster, oldest of the godlings, as he rendered mortal by a strange curse. I loved the character of Sieh in the first two books, so I was glad to get to know him better -- although he is insufferable lot of the time. The supernatural mystery is even more a page turner in this book than in the previous two - the clock is counting down not only on Sieh's mortality, but on the power of the Arameri Empire and the life of the universe. Epic stakes! You may find yourself staying up way past your bedtime to finish, like I did.

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mexicanadiense
Jun 30, 2013

The writing in this book remains very good, but its length and plot were disappointing in the end, it felt like the author wanted to cram in too many characters and tie up too many loose ends for it to be workable. Also, the first person narrative, which worked so well in the preceding two novels, is more of an impediment here as the narrator is far less sympathetic or engaging.

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ladyshallot
Apr 20, 2012

What a let down! Loved the first book. Thought the second book was okay, and now this one--ugh!

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