The Broken Kingdoms

The Broken Kingdoms

Book - 2010
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After a band of killers begins murdering godlings, blind artist Oree Shoth wonders if her recent guest is at the heart of it, his presence putting her in danger.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316043953
Branch Call Number: F Jem


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Jan 17, 2019

This is quickly becoming my favorite fantasy series in the history of ever. N.K. Jemisin weaves another fantastical tale, this one set roughly 10 years after the end of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. It centers around different characters, but the aftermath of the first book's events mean there's still some world building to explore. And boy howdy does Jemisin do world building well. She's a very sensual writer- things are observed through sight, but also through scent, taste, texture. It's even more so, because the main character is blind, rendering her world even dimensional.

Jemisin never cheats and allows the narrator to blithely know what's going on in everyone's head based on their facial experience or other vague cue (my current pet peeve of amateur authors). She also stays with one character's perspective the entire time. This allows the mystery to unfurl at a great pace- the audience and the narrator are truly in it together. As before, the few sexy scenes are beautifully handled, and she also weaves in deeper themes of cultural appropriation (by the Arameri, who we already know are evil bastards), forgiveness/redemption, complicity, and the nature of familial love.

I read this one like a women possessed, and moved right into Kingdom of the Gods (the third and final book). I just can't get enough of this series!

Jun 11, 2013

I quite enjoyed this sequel to "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms", it was a bold gambit on the author's part to set aside almost all the characters introduced in the previous novel in favour of the fresh, outsider perspective of Oree, but it pays off brilliantly. Oree's "magic vision" perspective on the world is an interesting conceit, though at times a more conscientious editor may have reminded the author to stick to a more disciplined approach to describing the world via this unique viewpoint.

NDarner Apr 21, 2013

The series is called "The Inheritance Cycle", each book has "Kingdom" or "Kingdoms" clearly in the title. Poor reading comprehension on the part of other readers here accounts for any poor review or rating. The books are about the world and the kingdoms, and the process of growth after slavery and colonization, as much or more than they are about any particular characters that inhabit it. The beauty is that we come to know the world through the eyes of very well rounded characters that we grow to care about, instead of a traditional epic fantasy info dump It's a fictional post-colonial study of a world and it's peoples, and it is brilliantly done.

Apr 07, 2012

After A Thousand Suns, this book is awful. Nahadoth and Yeine appear as cruel shadows of their former selves. In the end, I didn't care if Oree lived or died.

Oct 26, 2011

If you can follow along you will like the book. I found the first book much easier to read. It took me awhile to see how this was the second book in a trilogy. But i still enjoyed it.


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