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The Kingdom of Gods (Inheritance #3)

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The incredible conclusion to the Inheritance Trilogy, from one of fantasy's most acclaimed stars.

For two thousand years the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the gods are free, and the Arameri's ruthless grip is slipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending war.

Shahar, last scion o
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ebook, 613 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by Orbit (first published October 11th 2011)
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Rachel
Nov 14, 2011 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popcorn
If this had been the first book, I wouldn't have read the other two. In fact, after reading this one, I went back re-read the first one to try to recall what I had liked about the series in the first place.

OH YEAH: That book had consistent character development, measured pacing, and a coherent plot.

I didn't hate The Kingdom of the Gods. Really, reading this book was kind of like visiting a good friend from middle school, but discovering she's gotten really into Scientology and it's all she wants
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Brad
I must say that this is the best of all three.

Sieh.

He touched me just as much as he touched Shahar or Deka. And before you start going on about how that's nasty, I mean it entirely metaphorically! Gosh, you people. I was damn close to tears an unknowable number of times while reading this. It was special in a way that all deeply mythological tales can be special, even when they tear a hole in reality to let in the Maelstrom, borrow from so many sources, and yet manage to be fully creative and or
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Natasa
Oct 16, 2011 Natasa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ASHBASKHJDFKSHkj just bought on Kindle, about to start reading.

WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW EXCITED I AM. This is me right now:


Book 3, here I come!

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Edited to add review: 16th October 2011

I really, really wanted to like this book. Having established her incredible writing chops in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdoms, I expected to be wowed away by N.K. Jemisin in her trilogy's finale.

The verdict?

... eh.

I'll get the bad parts out of the way first. One thing different about The
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Hirondelle
Oct 19, 2011 Hirondelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I liked it. I enjoyed it. But not wholeheartedly. I had problems with this book, sort of the same problems I had with the whole series but crystallized more obviously in this last volume. I am going to try to explain it (and most likely fail at making any sense. But in case you really want to know what I thought of this here goes)

This series is all about major Gods (universe defining Gods), godlings and other assorted magical creatures interacting with humans in a particular universe. Its a majo
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Kerry
May 24, 2012 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, fantasy, 10, 2012
I've just finished this and I find myself feeling very emotional about it in a way that I can't explain. It's not the "blown away" feeling I had at the end of The Broken Kingdoms; this is something quieter that's developing as I keep digesting what I've just read.

It started almost light and fun, totally appropriate for Sieh's nature but as - for reasons it took the whole book for us to understand - he matured and grew, the tone and strength of the story did too. I loved Sieh, I have from the beg
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Alex Ristea
Apr 24, 2014 Alex Ristea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, series, fantasy
N.K. Jemisin is an author that I am now committed to reading everything she publishes.

Her works have a sense of poetry that has been lacking in the books I've been reading lately. She has a clear passion for language, but is not reliant on it alone. It's used to augment the story she tells, and you end up with a near-perfect blend of a good tale and "literary" prose.

For this book in particular, I fell in love with the characters and the story. A god (with a hilariously snarky personality) has to
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Ashley
Here are two seemingly contradictory statements regarding this book: 1) This book is the weakest in the series; and 2) It's a good ending for the series. I don't think these two statements actually contradict one another, but they'll give you a good idea of my mental state during and after reading this book.

I think this book had two things working against it that weren't quite overcome in the execution. First, it's the only one of the trilogy whose main character is not mortal*. The protagonist
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Robyn
Nov 18, 2015 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Although it wasn't my favourite of the trilogy, I'm giving this one five stars because it just wrapped up the entire series beautifully. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the book - I did, very much! There are some breath-taking scenes in this, and the usual host of awesome characters. Sieh, our intrepid lead, is difficult to like but in the end so very winning. I'm so pleased I read this series!
Dara
N.K. Jemisin continues to impress me. Her novels are consistently beautiful, heartbreaking, tragic, intimate, and moving. The Kingdom of Gods is the final book in The Interitance Trilogy, shifting focus to Sieh, the God of Childhood. I always liked him in the previous books but I loved what Jemisin did with him here. How does a god handle mortality? Especially a god whose nature is childhood? What happens when he grows up?

The book is written in first person from his point of view and at times it
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Ranting Dragon
Oct 06, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephan, favorites
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Many fantasy fans loved N. K. Jemisin’s The Hundred-Thousand Kingdoms. Yet, a lot of these readers were put off by The Broken Kingdoms being set a decade later with an entirely new protagonist. Indeed, The Broken Kingdoms almost seemed like a stand-alone novel set in the same world. Fortunately, it wasn’t so. The story in The Broken Kingdoms was spun forth from the events of The Hundred-Thousand Kingdoms, and while offering a new perspective, it couldn’t e
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Felicia
Feb 18, 2012 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm torn because I think this is probably a 4 star book, as I list it, but I didn't LOVE it as much as the first two in this trilogy. I don't know why, maybe I just didn't love the characters as much, maybe the focus on the mortal people was not as interesting as how deep the relationships ran in the last two books. I almost wish this book had been about the three gods reuniting, but I dunno. Sieh is a fantastic character, and this was a really interesting direction to take him, I'm just on the ...more
Matthew Quann
Well, this is tough to review.

I'll get this out of the way: I liked The Kingdom of Gods and I thought it brought a pretty satisfying close to The Inheritance Trilogy. Sieh was an interesting choice of POV narrator, there was still a lot of charm of the world, and some of the newly introduced characters are compelling.

But you don't want to read about the good parts, and I certainly have no desire to rewrite praise for the aspects of the trilogy I enjoyed. If you are looking for that, please check
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Nikki
Aug 19, 2012 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
It took me a long time to get round to reading this. I started and stopped a few times. I think mostly I just didn't want it to come to an end -- and I didn't want to know if something bad happened to a character I loved. N.K. Jemisin is not exactly gentle: Madding, anyone? The ending of The Broken Kingdoms?

Anyway, it turned out to be every bit as readable, well paced and absorbing as the other books. I fell totally in love with Deka from the beginning, and wavered desperately over Shahar, hopin
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Josh
Jan 09, 2012 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Kingdom of Gods in the final novel in the Inheritance trilogy, one I was anticipating greatly after reading and loving The Broken Kingdoms (and to a lesser extent, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms). In short, this is a strange and unconventional book/story, which does give it a certain originality and freshness, but is also slightly dissatisfying in the way it forgoes some of even the most basic writing principles.

My biggest problem with The Kingdom of Gods was that there never seemed to be one
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Traci
Dec 11, 2011 Traci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I picked up The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms without expectations. I knew nothing about the book, it's plot, or it's author. But I quickly fell in love. The uniqueness of the world. The beautiful prose. I felt as though I was in a dream that I did not want to wake from.

Then The Broken Kingdoms came out. And I did have expectations that I hoped would not be dashed. There are few things worse than falling in love with a debut book only to fall out of love with a second. But even though I did not thin
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Yune
Nov 27, 2011 Yune rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Jemisin has so far proved herself able to catch my attention quickly, and hold it throughout her novel; her writing's engaging enough, full of voice and somehow reminiscent of oral tradition. She writes epic fantasy without the recycled-till-bone-dry quest structure, and her characters are full of...psychology, I guess; you can tell she put thought into the complexity of their relationships, even when they're not entirely likable.

That's one of my two core issues; none of the characters truly app
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Justine
Nov 22, 2015 Justine rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This last book was definitely my favourite of the trilogy. I liked the focus on Sieh exploring his mortality in the context of of his nature, which he understands very well. The story has clearly matured over the three books and Jemisin did a nice job of bringing everything full circle.
Wendy
Feb 03, 2015 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s taken me almost three years to finally finish The Inheritance Trilogy Omnibus. As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, the previous books tied me up in emotional knots. This one? Not so much.

This book follows the godling, Sieh, son of the Three who created the world and all who live in it. Their love and their jealousy almost broke that very same world and killed many of their children. At the end of the Gods War, Sieh, his father Nahadoth, and several other godlings ended up trapped in mo
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Wealhtheow
Ages ago, the world was created when the first god got lonely. Since then he created several other gods and godlings to keep him company, not least Sieh, the eldest of the godlings but perpetually a child. After a struggle between gods that left the world nearly destroyed, the one of the gods set up a single family of his descendants to be the rulers of the world. This family, the Arameri, ruled for thousands of years, with the other gods and godlings as their slaves. But no structure can remain ...more
Rachel
Nov 10, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It absolutely breaks my heart to give this two stars because I loved the first two books in this trilogy so much. However, this last one didn't work as well for me. So, while I wouldn't necessarily direct anyone away from the third book I would certainly encourage a person to start with the first and not miss the second. They are truly wonderful. Even with my not liking this title as much as the others I'm still looking very much forward to Jemisin's next novel.
Lindsay
Nov 23, 2015 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is from my reread of the book in November 2015. 5 stars from my first read, heartily reaffirmed with this one.

Sieh, the eldest godling and the child God, befriends the twin brother and sister children of the ruler of the Arameri. Somehow this triggers a disastrous transformation rendering him mortal and aging. He remains bound to the brother and sister though and their complicated relationship plays out amid the consequences of the first two books in the series a few generations late
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Em
Oct 13, 2011 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first two, but still worth a read.

The new characters weren't as interesting as I expected from the sample chapters. Even worse, Sieh, Nahadoth, and Yeine just seemed less cool than they did in Hundred Thousand Kingdoms -- Yeine probably because she had less to fight against, Nahadoth because the narrator didn't view him as dangerous like Yeine did, and Sieh because he wasn't in a position to do the quirky, childish things that made him appealing in the first place. These chara
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Li Seagull
Ah wow that was fantastic and a great conclusion to everything ah

I was worried around the middle because the plot was jumping around like whoa and I wasn't sure how she was gonna be able to wrap everything up in time but y'know what she did and I loved it

What I think the main problem with it was that the blurb on the back was really misleading

Like, the blurb on the back talks about Shahar and only Shahar and mentions Sieh once

So, y'know, I was expecting something from Shahar's point of view

But i
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Kogiopsis
I just... can't quite close the gap here.

First things first: The Kingdom of Gods was strong in a lot of places where I felt the first two Inheritance books were weak. Jemisin still chooses to follow a character who is sidelined from a lot of the major events of the book, a passive observer rather than an active participant, but Sieh has somewhat more agency than I felt Oree or Yeine got in their books, so I felt like I was more engaged in his story than I was in theirs. This book finally made cl
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Jay Z
Nov 05, 2011 Jay Z rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book is a hot mess. Incredibly weak character development and incomplete worldbuilding. And too many plot threads that don't come together -- or when they do, they're either unconvincing or utterly incomprehensible. An entire book about Sieh, trickster god, should be a romp but with each page, his character bears less and less resemblance to the evil, sulky, needy godling we know and love. It's a wreck. WTF, Jemisin? I will keep reading, but pick up your game yo.
Serenity
Jan 08, 2012 Serenity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
10/10. This book is perfect. I wish I could give it 6 or 7 or 8 stars. Its complete and utter perfection has completely blown my mind - I don't remember the last time I have so unreservedly loved a book this way. How do I even begin to define the perfection of this book?

The characters - every single one of them so real, so flawed, so wonderful and so different. Every minor character is its own living, breathing, unique being, and never minor. Sieh and Deka and Nahadoth and Itempas and everyone!
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Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Dec 16, 2011 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
That I had been waiting for this book for over a year might tell you a little something of the giddy excitement I felt when I finally held it in my hands. I love Jemisin's writing. The events that befall the characters are tragic at times (I have cried reading these books - I seldom cry while reading), but I always found some rays of hope. Broken Kingdoms (book 2) will always be my favorite, but I thought this one was very well done.

In this world, gods, godlings (children of the gods) and humans
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Jim
Sep 12, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kingdom of Gods is the third and final book in N. K. Jemisin's Inheritance Trilogy.

I read and very much enjoyed the first two books, and reviewed The Broken Kingdoms here. Jemisin has chosen to focus on different characters in each book, though there are narrative threads and characters connecting all three. In the final book, we see the social consequences of the changes from the first two, as the ruling Arameri family begins to lose their absolute power over the world, a world that has som
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Mizuki
The concept beyond the story is great, but after we reach the midpoint of the story the plot starts to drag and the characters seem to be fading in color and vividness, the ending feels too rushed and the writing is a bit toneless. It isn't anywhere close to the first two books.
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