The Broken Kingdoms

The Broken Kingdoms

Paperback - 2011
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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
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2011, c2010
Edition: 1st mass market ed
ISBN: 9780316043953
Branch Call Number: FAN JEM
Characteristics: 420 p. ; 18 cm


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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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