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The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood #2)

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Gujaareh, the city of dreams, suffers under the imperial rule of the Kisuati Protectorate. A city where the only law was peace now knows violence and oppression. And nightmares: a mysterious and deadly plague haunts the citizens of Gujaareh, dooming the infected to die screaming in their sleep. Trapped between dark dreams and cruel overlords, the people yearn to rise up—bu ...more
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Published June 12th 2012 by Orbit (first published June 1st 2012)
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Tynan This series is a duology, so no. Unfortunate for us.
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Apr 06, 2013 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking for complex fantasy, multi-culti fantasy, Blue Sword fans
Jemisin's talent continues to impress. Epic in scope--the retaking of a city--and intimate in focus--faith and self doubt--The Shadowed Sun was a satisfying read. The second in the Dreamblood series, it starts some ten years after The Killing Moon and while three or four characters return, I would think it would work as a standalone book.

A quick sum-up isn't easy. It is at heart three stories: love between an unlikely pair, an internal values conflict, and a tale about retaking a city built on p
Sep 14, 2016 Alina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
As the main premises were already established in the first book, it was a lot easier to get into the story. The action takes places 10 years after The Killing Moon, with some of the main characters in the first book acting here as support characters for others. As there are some rather important references to characters and/or actions from the forst book, I recommend reading them in order.

Yet again we get complex and realistic characters, both main and secondary, each driven by their own desires
The Shadowed Sun: Mature, intelligent, challenging, unafraid
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
The Shadowed Sun (2012) is the second book in N.K. Jemisin’s DREAMBLOOD two-book series, inspired the ancient kingdoms of Egypt and Nubia. However, rather than simply changing some names and using thinly-disguised history as her template, she introduces an entirely new religious and social system, one centered around worship of Hananja, the dream goddess represented by the moon. The story this time

Book 1 of the The Dreamblood Series.

The Killing Moon Thoughts.

Well. Memories can be both sweet and painful.

The Shadowed Sun takes place ten years after the events of The Killing Moon. Book 1 left us with some unresolved issue and some very unhappy characters. These characters make their way to center stage in the sequel as they prepare to take back what they lost, and get their revenge.

Quick recap:
The city of Gujareeh worships the female Goddess Hananja, and her priest of sorts are known as the
Oct 15, 2012 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
None of my reservations about this second Dreamblood installment. I was caught in the story right from the first chapter. The setting is already established: the cities of Gujaareah and Kisua, the cult of the moon goddess Hananja, the magic system based on dream gathering. Some of the actors are also returning, but in a move that proved successful in her Inheritance books, the second story is focused on a different trio of characters, and the plot is picked up ten years later, building on
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Warning: this review contains inevitable spoilers for book 1, The Killing Moon. Avoid if you haven’t read that book and don’t wish to be spoiled! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Trigger Warning: Rape

Ana’s Take:

To me, one of the greatest pleasures in life is to read a great book and then proceed to write a gushy review of said book. This is going to be one of those. Interestingly, the last time I wrote one of those no-holds-barred, OMG- I –LOVED- THIS- BOOK review
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Oct 02, 2016 J L's Bibliomania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some fantasy worlds feature elves and other mythological beings wandering around a pseudo-medieval Europe (think Tolkien and all those who have come around and after). There are also fantasy worlds where whole new cultures are developed from a few assumptions about how magic or psychic forces or co-existing non-humans would influence the people. While certain elements of the world of N. K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun are can loosely be traced to ancient Egyptian culture, thes ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Lady*M rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Shadowed Sun isn't a direct sequel of the previous book. It happens ten years after The Killing Moon and, while some characters return, the two main characters are Hanani, the first female Sharer, and Prince Wanahomen, son of the mad ruler from the previous book.

Gujaareh is a protectorate under Kausi people. While priests and acting governor Sunandi are trying to maintain piece, various political fractions on both sides plot to either strangle the Gujaareh further or free it from the conquer
Apr 26, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could only read this book in small doses.

On her blog, N.K. Jemisin says this, leading up to the release of The Shadowed Sun: "There’s only one way to get rid of rape culture: acknowledge it. Discuss it. Subvert it. Don’t stop talking about or even depicting sexual violence — just try to do these things in a way that does not at the same time perpetuate it." - See more at:

This is a novel that subverts rape culture, and because of that, very difficult to
Last month, N.K. Jemisin treated the world to The Killing Moon, a brilliant new fantasy novel set in a strikingly original world and populated by some of the most fascinating characters I’ve met in years. Now, barely a handful of weeks later, here’s the second and (for now) final novel in the Dreamblood series: The Shadowed Sun.

If you haven’t read The Killing Moon yet, you should probably stop reading this now and instead go take a look at my review of that first novel (or better still, just rea
Nicholas Kotar
Dec 28, 2015 Nicholas Kotar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Shadowed Sun continues where The Killing Moon left off, but ten years later. This time around, Jemisin allows us to experience another of the four "paths of Hananja"--the path of the healers, in some way the diametrical opposition to the Gatherers. But this novel is not really about its worldbuilding. Jemisin continues to use her rich fantasy talent to cast light on difficult issues that we experience in our own "real" life. This time, she tackles a difficult and painful subject--violence ag ...more
Rachel Neumeier
Feb 18, 2013 Rachel Neumeier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In THE SHADOWED SUN, Nijiri (from the first book) remains a minor character, and so does Sunandi. I was glad to see them both because I like continuity. But in this book, the main pov protagonists are the prince’s heir, Wanahomen, and the first woman healer-priest, Hanani. I had no trouble at all getting drawn into the second book, partly because I had already been drawn into the world in the first one, but partly because I loved Hanani a whole lot.

People are always talking about “strong female
Aug 12, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of SF/F, intellectual readers,
Recommended to Victoria by: Natalie Luhrs
I've always been a fan of Jemisin's work. I feel like she is a fresh perspective on the SF/F community. Her novels are layers, and the surface layer is interesting enough to keep any reader satisfied,but if you can get to the layers below (not everyone does, and there are many) they become so much more relevant and thought provoking.

This second in the series does not disappoint. The Shadowed Sun happens ten years after the conclusion of the first book, so it is able to be read as a standalone.
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The author has done something pretty cool here. The second book of the Dreamblood duology is set in the same world as “The Killing Moon.” It features some of the same characters. It requires all the set up that amazing first book provided to work. But it reads like something completely different, going in its own unique direction. “The Killing Moon” was focused on what makes right and wrong, the price of peace, and saving the city; “The Shadowed Sun” is more focused on roles o
Sep 18, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant follow up in the series , although being set 10 years later and with different main characters its almost a standalone.I love the dream based magic system abd NK Jemisin exoabds on it here looking at another branch , the sharers in more detail
This book is dark and twisted in many ways abd borders on disturbing in parts as the author shows the potential power of nightmares in a society where dreams are so powerful.
NK Jemisin has a special skill of going against expectations in a book
I’ve always like N.K. Jemisin. I’ve been a fan of her books every since I first picked up The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and I really liked every book that came after that. However, I think that this book, The Shadowed Sun, has just blown way past every Jemisin-related standard I had. This is fantasy at its best, no other way to put it. For me, this was a one-sitting read, and every aspect of the text—plot, characters, relationships, world-building—drew me further and further into this absolutel ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked this one better than The Killing Moon - I'd give it much closer to four stars if that were possible. Many of the characters from the first book reappear, ten years later. There's good continuity, and for whatever reason the mythology is a lot more palatable in this book. I'm not sure if that's because I already have context for it, or because it's woven into the story more naturally. I'm leaning towards the latter explanation.

I love the names that Jemisin comes up with. I don't know what c
Mar 29, 2013 Dragana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, magic, favorites
After reading The Killing Moon (book #1 in Dreamblood series) who had a tough start for me, I was wary to continue this series and delayed reading The Shadowed Sun for almost a year. Honestly, I would probably still have it on my tbr shelf, if Christina didn't give me a little push... I am sorry now that I waited so long. The Shadowed Sun was so good I could not let it out of my hands. You know when you move your Kindle with you from room to room, so whenever you have a little bit of free time y ...more
Aug 24, 2016 Cari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this story far more than the first one in the duology. Although it is not a direct continuation, some of main charaters from the first book appear here in "supporting roles." This time around the main character is Hanani. As the only female healer apprentice (aka Sharer) in the powerful religious organization known as Hetawa, she will come to question her role and choices in order to carve a place for herself. For this reason, "The Shadowed Sun" is more character driven than the pre
I was hard on the first book in this series, The Killing Moon, mainly because I had read Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms first and fallen in absolute complete and total love with it. The Dreamblood series lacks the depth of characters and relationships that sucked me into The Inheritance Trilogy.

The Killing Moon also troubled me because it spent so much time identifying people by the colour of their skin and insulting the lighter shades. As much as I wanted to read a book that moved far
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted here.

I read book one of The Dreamblood, The Killing Moon, back at the end of April. My memory's pretty bad, so any sort of gap between books in a series can be dangerous, and when I started reading The Shadowed Sun, I had NO CLUE what was happening. I didn't recognize the characters, and nothing was what I remembered, except for the country and customs. So, just fyi, this book picks up TEN YEARS after book one. So, for once, it totally wasn't my issue. Also, that sounds critica
Oct 26, 2012 Aimee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is nearly perfect.

The Killing Moon, the first novel of the duology that The Shadowed Sun completes, is a gorgeous and unusual fantasy, one of my favorite books of the past year. The Shadowed Sun is even better.

A political plot involving an exiled prince raised away from the peaceful culture of his birth weaves together with a supernatural terror called the Wild Dreamer. Both stories are populated with realistic, interesting characters whose choices are never clear and never without co
May 29, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I can't decide which I liked best of this duology. I think I do prefer The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms et al, on the whole, but this was really enjoyable, and my favourite aspect was that Jemisin took a character we wouldn't expect to sympathise with and slowly made us realise he wasn't so bad at all. His character also opened an avenue to explore other parts of the world, too. I could've wished for more time with Nijiri, Sunandi, etc, but they weren't really at the heart of this story, so to focu ...more
Aug 24, 2015 electrise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
okay, real four stars this time. moves smoother than the first, i think because this time she wrote enough characters to more seamlessly carry all her worldbuilding information to the reader. less infodump = faster book.

RAPE WARNING, THO. WRIT LARGE. jemisin's a careful and thoughtful writer who's intensely engaged with both rape culture and with trauma in all its effects, a writer that i trust—but ngl, the fact that both female pov characters get assaulted threw me for a loop.
Mar 08, 2016 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked up this sequel after enjoying the first book (The Killing Moon). It's set about 10 years after the first book ends and picks up the story of the city of Gujaareh, which has been made a protectorate of the Kausi people after the end of the first book. A few of the characters from the first book return, but much of the plot now revolves around two new characters: the deposed king's son Wanahomen, who has allied with the Banbarra (a tribe of desert nomads) and hopes to take back control of G ...more
Apr 09, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been mulling over a review for the first book in this series (Killing Moon) for awhile. I don’t read a ton of fantasy apart from urban fantasy, which plays by totally different rules. But these books have what seems to me to be a really fresh, novel approach to the genre. Loosely inspired by Egyptian and Anasazi cultures, Jemisin does a fantastic job of building a world that is fully absorbing and totally different from the D&D stereotype of pseudo-medieval Europe without resorting to s ...more
Jul 27, 2016 Shima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully realistic, intricate fantasy

I must say there was somewhere in the middle of the book when I was going to rate it one star because in one blow I suddenly hated two main characters. Not annoyed hate either, searing burning despise. (view spoiler)
Sep 20, 2016 Oracleofdoom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I dragged my feet on starting this book, because I felt pretty lukewarm toward its predecessor, The Killing Moon. Once I finally started on this one, however, I just really wanted to know what was happening.

This one is about so many things. I will talk about it as best I can without spoilers. There's a heavy theme of being a fish out of water, getting to know other cultures and unlearning some prejudices. The author is deeply talented at creating a setting and a complex, alien culture that make
Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
Well, I've come to the end of this awesome series and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I appreciate that while it is clearly connected to first book in this series it is able to stand strongly on its own. Do I like it as much as the first book? No. I'll tell you why.
Hanani, the main character.
Let me be clear, she did nothing wrong. And honestly, she was about as honestly human as one could be. That said, I wanted her to be MORE. My expectations, not Jemisin's error or lack of characterization.
That was a really nice sequel of The Killing Moon! I was really glad to meet Nijiri again (all grown up, my baby), and the new characters were great. Wanahomen manages to be a brat and an impossible romantic at the same time, I loved him.
One thing I really appreciate with Jemisin's literature is how seriously she takes representation, racial and sexual, yet the story doesn't necessarily resolves around these issues. The characters are great, the story is thrilling, it's a good ride. Its only fau
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