Tag Archives: N.K. Jemisin

The kingdom of the gods

The kingdom of gods / N.K. Jemisin

The kingdom of the gods is the final book in N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy. It shakes things up a bit by transferring the point of view to one of the gods, and as a result has a notably more “cosmic” tone than the previous two.

This post will be fairly short since I’ve already written about the first and second books in the series.

Brief plot summary

Sieh is the first child of the three original gods. Although this makes him the oldest godling, as the child-god he remains an eternal child, as acting against his nature will destroy him. His friendship with two humans will have permanent consequences for all of the gods and their children.

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The broken kingdoms

The broken kingdoms / N.K. Jemisin

The broken kingdoms is the second installment in N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy. Moving away the high-level political intrigue of the first novel, the middle book adds more depth and an increasingly nuanced portrayal of the varioud gods.

Brief plot summary

Oree Shoth is a blind artist living in the shadow of the World Tree. When a mysterious, possibly shiny, man shows up Shoth decides to take him in and nurse him back to health. What she doesn’t know is how this simple act of kindness will get her entangled with the search for a serial killer who is targeting godlings.

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The hundred thousand kingdoms (Inheritance trilogy)

The hundred thousand kingdoms / N.K. Jemisin

The hundred thousand kingdoms is the first book in the Inheritance trilogy. The books in the trilogy are fairly loosely connected though, and feature completely different POV characters, so I’m going to treat them separately here.

Jemisin is now notable for the racist, gendered harassment she received after giving a speech in Australia where she had the audacity to speak up about sexism and racism in the SFWA. It’s unfortunate that this is what she’s known for, as she’s well worth reading.

This is one of those books that I first encountered when emptying the book drop at the public library where I used to work. It seemed interesting and it was by an author that I had never heard of before, so i decided to check it out. It’s not the fastest read in the world but I certainly enjoyed what I found.

Brief plot summary

Yeine is a barbarian from the frozen land of Darr. Summoned to the city of Sky (named for the giant castle in the sky), she is named heir to the throne. Thrust into a competition with the reigning king’s niece and nephew that she doesn’t understand and stalked by the gods kept as slaves by the royal family, Yeine struggles to avoid becoming a human sacrifice and protect her homeland at the same time.

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