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The Kingdom of Gods (The Inheritance Trilogy #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...more
ebook, 613 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2011)
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Natasa
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...more
Rachel
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...more
Hirondelle
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. It´s a maj...more
Kerry
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...more
Alex Ristea
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...more
Ranting Dragon
http://www.rantingdragon.com/the-king...


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...more
Felicia
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
Traci
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...more
Yune
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...more
Nikki
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...more
Em
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...more
Lazy 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...more
Rachel
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.
Serenity
Jan 08, 2012 Serenity rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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!...more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
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...more
Jim
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...more
Jay Z
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.
Lindsey
Apr 13, 2012 Lindsey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the trilogy
Recommended to Lindsey by: Sue
Shelves: fantasy, series, kingdoms
3.5

This book suffered from really awful pacing, which is a shame because the characters are all really good. I enjoyed seeing the aftermath of Itempas' relationship with Oree and I enjoyed seeing Nahadoth and Yeine struggling to sort out their feelings for him. I also liked the focus on Sieh because I love Sieh. But Sieh was also an unreliable narrator in the worst way to the point where it became very irritating trying to figure out what was going on. That and the crux of the storyline, which w...more
Ambrosio
First of all, sorry if my english seems a bit off. I am mexican.

It is a testament to the author's strength that I started with the first book (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms) and could not stop until I finished the trilogy.

I really liked how she handles relations between the protagonist, when someone loves in this story, you really feel it, no matter how difficult for the character may be.

Now, concerning the books... Along the whole series, N.K. Jemisin takes us through a journey in a world where...more
Sunil
In The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdoms , N.K. Jemisin chronicled the evolution of her world of gods and men. The Kingdom of Gods begins several decades after the events of those books, so to properly describe the setting and plot would require spoilers.

While the first two books were narrated by mortal women, Jemisin finally treats us to a godly perspective by giving narration duties to Sieh, the trickster god. I was initially excited by this prospect, but, unfortunately, I did...more
Josh
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...more
Janice (Janicu)
Originally reviewed on my book blog (wordpress / livejournal)

After the first two installments of The Inheritance Trilogy, The Kingdom of the Gods was one of my most anticipated reads this year. I requested (and received!) a copy for review from the publisher.

Unlike the previous book, I don’t think you can read The Kingdom of the Gods without reading the first two books in this trilogy. There’s a lot that happens in the earlier books that has an impact on the characters, so if you haven’t read th...more
Samrat
I don't know what to write about, but I absolutely adored this series. The final installment was not my favorite, but still very satisfying. It's a strange and fascinating world that Jemisin has created, populated with interesting characters, and a distinct sense of wonder and magic.
Lori (Hellian)
A 2 star rating seems too harsh, but 3 stars is aiming high - I never read it to it's completion, I skimmed to the end once I got to the 3/4 mark. But I admit I'm prejudiced when it comes to this writer, I love her and her worlds, her writing, and so even tho I was fidgety with Kingdom, it's a 3. I think because I so liked her first 2 books, that this was disappointing and definitely brought down my experience with this book.
Jamie
I can safely say this is my most favourite book I have read to date.

Sieh and Deka and En... beautiful.

Every time I read about Sieh and Deka, I cried. Every time I read about Sieh with 'his' followers, I cried.

Beautiful and sad :(

Sieh and Deka... my heart weaps.
Andrea
One of the signs of a great fantasy series is if it moves me to the point of tears or not. The final book of the Inheritance Trilogy did, so for me it's a successful series. The third book is set another 90 years ahead of the events in book 2 and features Sieh as first person narrator of the story. Drawn back to his former prison in Sky, the godling meets the twins of the current Arameri leader and befriends the children. When they swear a blood oath to be real friends, some strange magic happen...more
Karen
I've just started Broken Kingdoms today and can honestly say I can't wait for the next installment. I think she has the potential to be the heir to Octavia Butler.
Erin Rother
Aug 07, 2011 Erin Rother marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A whole book with Sieh: I cannot wait!
ambyr
This is a very ambitious book. Actually, it's a very ambitious two books. The problem is, in attempting to be both of them, it doesn't quite achieve either. And so I'm torn between giving it four stars (for what I think it could have been) and two stars (for what it kind of is). Guess I'm settling on three.

The back cover of this book implies that Shahar is the main character and that the book is at least in part driven by her romance with Sieh. Jemisin's blog somewhat explains this; an early dra...more
Sarah
I need to start trusting N.K. Jemisin more. When I first heard about The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, I thought "An outsider becomes the heir to a kingdom? I think I've read that book before." But then I read it anyway because of the stellar reviews, and loved it, because the book is so much more than the blurb.

And then when I read The Broken Kingdoms and realized that the characters from the first book were minor characters, I was again apprehensive. But I wound up loving it even more than the fi...more
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