The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

The Broken Kingdoms

byN. K. Jemisin

Kobo ebook | November 3, 2010

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In this stunning sequel to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, one blind woman will challenge the will of the gods and change the fate of the world.

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 Trilogy

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Broken Kingdoms

The 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 Duology

The Killing Moon

The Shadowed Sun

The Broken Earth series

The Fifth Season

The Obelisk Gate

The Stone Sky

Title:The Broken KingdomsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 3, 2010Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316075981

ISBN - 13:9780316075985

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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