The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. JemisinThe Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

The Broken Kingdoms

byN. K. Jemisin

Paperback | November 3, 2010

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In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a strange homeless man on an impulse. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city. And Oree's guest is at the heart of it. . .

The Inheritance TrilogyThe Hundred Thousand KingdomsThe Broken KingdomsThe Kingdom of Gods
The Inheritance Trilogy(omnibus edition)Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych(e-only short fiction)The Awakened Kingdom(e-only novella)
For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:
Dreamblood DuologyThe Killing MoonThe Shadowed Sun
The Broken Earth seriesThe Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk Gate
N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author who won the Hugo Award for Best Novel forThe Fifth Season,which was also aNew York TimesNotable Book of 2015. She previously won the Locus Award for her first novel,The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and her short fiction and novels have been nominated multiple times for Hugo, World Fantasy, Nebula, and R...
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Title:The Broken KingdomsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.62 × 1.12 inPublished:November 3, 2010Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316043966

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good extension of the Inheritance Trilogy I was a little bit taken aback that the book didn't follow the main character of the first book in the series, but I was intrigued with Oree Shoth. This book takes place after the events of the first, in a slightly different place in the world. The main thing that I found interesting about this book is that the main character is mostly blind. NK Jemisin does a fantastic job of demonstrating the world through Oree's eyes, with an expanded sense of hearing, smell, touch and taste. Many stories rely too much on the "sight" sense, so it was a very interesting read to experience a world without the sense of sight. It's a very different experience with the heightened other senses. This book also has a strong female protagonist.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from <b>TEN-THOUSAND (<i>okay</i>, ten) QUICK THOUGHTS ON <i>The Broken Kingdoms</i></b> 1. Second instalments in trilogies have a bum rep. I didn't think it was as good as the first one, but it isn't a bad fantasy novel, and it is still fun. 2. This is a story set in the same world as <i>The Ten Thousand Kingdoms</i>. In an intelligent move, Jemisin decided to switch the focus of the story from the Arameri upper crust of the first novel to the common folk. 3. Where <i>The Ten Thousand Kingdoms</i> left off, this story picks up with the <spoiler>fallen God Itempas (basically the big bad from the first novel)</spoiler> being a knob. It was a smart move to let the reader see this character from the viewpoint of the lead POV character Oree. 4. Oree is blind, so I couldn't help but think of the depiction of blindness in <i>All the Light We Cannot See</i>. Part of Oree's "gifts" make this portrayal of blindness fall a bit flat for me, but it could be that I was unfairly comparing the two novels. 5. Jemisin keeps fooling me into reading romance novels by cloaking them in her intelligently built world. Thing is, I keep coming back for more. Glad to see her continue to put her own stamp on the genre. 6. Speaking of the world, I couldn't help but compare to some of the world building of another fantasy author, Brandon Sanderson. Where Sanderson builds complex magic systems that adhere to strict and exhaustive rules, Jemisin lays down a few basic rules, but lets in a lot more off-the-wall wonder and peculiarity. Not saying one is better than the other, just different. 7. Once again, this series continues to be a lovely respite from heavy duty literature. I feel that I am guaranteed a fun ride when I pick up the omnibus volume to run through one of the novels. Oh, and a reminder that the omnibus is an exceptionally economical way to acquire this series. 8. Nitpicking: where's my map of the world? I expect at least a rudimentary map in all my fantasy novels, and there's none to be found here. It would have been helpful to help orient myself a bit better in the world. 9. Despite the whole blindness thing not quite working, I enjoyed Oree. She was a different character from Yeine, but continues on the trend of badass female leads established in the first part of the trilogy. 10. Final thoughts: the end makes me question the book's overall importance. Where the first book flipped the table on the established power structure, this ending was more personal. I like that for the novel, but it makes me question where the story will go next.
Date published: 2016-11-20

Editorial Reviews

"The very best kind of sequel: as lush and evocative and true as the first, with all the same sense of mystery, giving us the world and characters we already love, and yet with a new story and a wonderfully new perspective on the whole dazzling world and pantheon the author has built." - Naomi Novik"This is a book that readers won't be able to put down...A magnificent novel and one of the best books this reviewer has read this year." - Romantic Times (4-1/2 Stars)"Returning fans will especially appreciate certain details, but this novel stands on its own and is worth reading purely for its own strengths." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)"...The key is just to tell a great, exciting, engaging story that keeps you turning pages long past your bedtime. And Jemisin has definitely done that here." - io9.com"Jemisin's talent as a storyteller should make her one of the fantasy authors to watch in the coming years." - Library Journal