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The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood #2)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  1,776 ratings  ·  210 reviews
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 January 1st 2012)
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Apr 06, 2013 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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

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
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
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
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
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
Aug 12, 2012 Victoria rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
Rachel Neumeier
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
Fantasy Review Barn

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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Ms. Jemisin is skilled story weaver. I enjoyed this book, but I was disappointed that it wasn't up to the same (extremely high) standards of The Killing Moon. In my reviews of her other books I rave about how much love there is and how I feel cradled and comforted by her words, even though the events aren't always pleasant. I didn't have the same feeling anywhere in The Shadowed Sun. Political intrigue isn't new to Ms. Jemisin's worlds, but here it was overwhelming to me. I think this is why it ...more
Lisa Eckstein
The story begins by introducing a new character who is training to become a priest within the religion that featured prominently in the first book. This character has a different religious role than the previous ones, which gives the reader access to a new set of customs, and what's even more interesting, she's the first woman ever permitted to join the order. When a tragedy occurs during her apprenticeship test, many see it as proof that women can't properly handle dream magic, but the accident ...more
Stuff I Read - The Shadowed Sun by N. K. Jemisin Review

With the tremendously high bar that The Killing Moon set for the series, to say that The Shadowed Sun is nearly as good is still saying that it is an amazing book. It is, however, a much more uncomfortable book than The Killing Moon, delving into some much darker waters and shifting the focus away from the Gatherers and to the various movements present in the city now living under Kisua control. Set ten years after the Killing Moon, The Shad
I was really impressed with the world N.K. Jemisin built in The Killing Moon as well as the compelling story she told. So imagine my surprise and delight when The Shadowed Sun was even better.

Ten years have passed, and the Kisuati occupation of Gujaareh has led to unrest. The people are on the verge of rebellion, and on the outskirts of the city, an exiled prince is amassing an army of barbarians to take back his home. As in the last book, the threat of war is imminent, but this time, we don't
A. Bookzilla.
Ten years after the first book in this series, you get to see some of the old characters, as well as some new ones.

After the events in the first book, Gujaareh and Hananja suffer under the oppressive rule of Kisuati, and there is a new plague in the city - nightmares that are taking the rich and the poor, the noble and the servants, children, men and women - without discrimination.

N.K. Jemisin also introduces the Banbarra - a matriarchal, barbaric, nomadic tribe where Wanahomen took refuge with
Loved. This. Where the Inheritance Trilogy was exciting new world building, peoples and theology, Ms. Jemisin has upped the ante in this series. I ripped through the first book, and the second book is more amazing. If there were a third I would have dropped everything to find it, and it will be hard the wait for it. I love the peoples, the central characters, the few familiar faces and the expansion of the reader's education regarding the groups/tribes/sects of this new world.
Matt Hlinak
N.K. Jemisin’s The Shadowed Sun picks up the Dreamblood saga ten years after The Killing Moon (2012, read my review at Pop Mythology). The sequel brings back the priest-assassin Nijiri and the diplomat Sunandi, but they both play smaller roles. Instead, Jemisin turns over the reins to two new characters. Hanani is the first woman admitted to the priesthood of the Hetawa, the dominant religious order in the city-state of Gujaareh. Wanahomen is the heir to the Sunset Lineage, son of the last Princ ...more
Maria Kramer
This volume keeps all the good parts of the first volume and makes up for what I felt were mild deficiencies - a slower plot and hard-to-identify-with characters. Ten years after King Eninket's disastrous bid for immortality, the kingdom of Gujaareh and its people are still recovering, and beginning to chafe under Kisuati rule. The book follows many characters who come together around political schemes and nascent revolutions - the exiled prince Wanahomen, the Hetawa's first female priest Hanani ...more
Jemisin is an expert world builder. The places and cultures she creates are rich and fascinating. It's a bit of an effort to orient yourself-because she also does "show not tell" quite well. This means you are just plunged into this world and it takes a while to figure out who is who and what is what. (Less time if you have read the first in this series for they are set in the same worlds with some of the same people. There is, however, no reason why you must read them in order and I think this ...more
So, I don't think I enjoyed this quite as much as The Killing Moon, but the reduction is so slight as to be barely noticeable. Indeed, my enjoyment of The Shadowed Sun increased as the narrative progressed, and there are many things it does better than its predecessor.

The plot, for instance. For starters, some of the consequences caused by the events of the first book are explored. This is probably my favourite sort of sequel. Another self-contained story, but with the acknowledgement that no st
Once again, I love the worldbuilding. This time around I even like the characters. Hanani and Wanahomen's slow-build relationship worked for me (which surprised me, given Wanahomen's introduction), Yanassa was an unexpected delight, and I thought the tragedy of Tiaanet and Tantufi was well done. But the plot . . . the plot does not work for me at all.

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If I could give this series 10 stars I would. Though I am afraid that the quality world building, plethora of characters of color, and strong female characters will make it impossible for me to finish another GRRM tomb of rape and adverbs. Just a small complaint about a kinda unnecessary romance toward the back half of the book, but even that was as well written as the rest of the series. I really can't favorite this hard enough.
Superior to its predecessor in every way.

I liked THE KILLING MOON greatly, particularly for its expert world-building, Jemisin's prose, and her careful constructions of faith, self-doubt, personal history, and trauma. (These are themes which return in THE SHADOWED SUN, but more on that later.) For me, TKM's failing was a more or less complete inability to connect with the characters: Sunandi, while interesting, seemed to never develop past her basic antagonistic view of the Hananjan faith, and s
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