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The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,434 Ratings  ·  958 Reviews
The gods have broken free after centuries of slavery, and the world holds its breath, fearing their vengeance. The saga of mortals and immortals continues in THE BROKEN KINGDOMS. In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living s ...more
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Published November 3rd 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published November 1st 2010)
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I've thought a lot about why N.K. Jemisin's writing doesn't appeal as much to me as it should. Undoubtedly, The Broken Kingdoms was an infinitely better book than The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. You could almost see Jemisin grow as a writer and as a person, as the world becomes more vivid and more real to her than the scattered pieces of lore she inserted into the first book. The writing style and characterizations, too, felt smoother and more personal. All in all, The Broken Kingdoms was a bette ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Laz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What fascinated me with the first book in the series was how rich the world-building was for a series so short in pages. I love background on characters, history etc. Especially if this history is mainly on Gods created for a fictional universe.

This one was a really descent follow-up, and like the first book I loved how fast-paced it was. N.K. Jemisin has a knack for narrating amazing stories with incredibly interesting and complex characters. She knows how to uncomplicate them too, though and
Apr 07, 2011 Lightreads rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
So when I heard that the sequel to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was about a blind woman who could see magic and who was a painter . . .?

. . . I made A Face.

A blind woman who sees magic and paints. I mean, seriously, this is the disability equivalent of the magical negro, you guys, and my face was not impressed.

After reading the book, I’m mostly puzzled. Because it was a pretty good book, full of win on several measures, and I just didn’t care all that much. It’s about a fallen god, but not abo
This novel was easily and truly better, imho, than the first in the trilogy.

From start to finish I loved the gentle rolling cadences of the story, the hope for a better life in the middle of so much poverty, even when it was the godlings and a certain shiny god that was experiencing the poverty. I originally thought this might actually turn out to be a mainline tale of redemption, and it was, for the most part, but I was even more surprised to enjoy the fact that it was a tale of demons, or the
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Warning: this review contains necessary spoilers for book 1 as well some minor spoilers for book 2. If you read book 1, you should be ok.

The day I started reading The Broken Kingdoms was the day I did not go to bed at all. I’ve been really busy lately with Work and Real Life and my reading time has unfortunately suffered as a consequence: I always used to read till about midnight every day but these days this is a rare occurrence as I tend to kaput way
Nov 23, 2015 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is from my reread of the book in October 2015.

This was my favorite book of this trilogy when I initially read the series, and so far that continues to be the case. This is largely down to the main character, Oree Shoth, a blind artist who can see magic and perform some small acts of magic herself. In the Shadow of the World Tree of Sky magic and godlings are common, and Oree herself is friends with many of them. Her ex-lover is the God of Obligation. So she doesn't have any problems
I really, really liked the first book in this series, but I loved this second book. It just got to me, man. The plot, the characters, the setting . . . hit me right in, like, three of my sweet spots.

Spoilers for book one follow in this review. (You can actually read all three of these books separately, but you'll definitely get the most out of all of them if you read all three.)

The Broken Kingdoms takes place ten years after The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and features a different set of main cha
Alex Ristea
Overall, I enjoyed this book, but definitely not as much as the first. It's technically the second in a trilogy, but is so loosely connected that it can be read as a standalone.

First, what I liked:

- The protagonist is blind, and this is written in a first-person POV. Fantastic writing skill here to describe scenes using other senses. Probably the most redeeming quality of the book.

- A cool, new setting. Though still in the same world, we see it in a different light. Incredibly immersive, and is
May 27, 2011 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, having drooled all over the first in this series, I didn't QUITE love it as much as the other, but the bar was set so high it would have been extremely hard to outdo my love for the first protagonist. I found myself feeling disloyal when I sided with this one occasionally, haha.

This book was very good though, I was definitely engrossed (except for a section where I got impatient with the character's plight, I don't want to spoil but I think anyone who reads will know what I'm referring to)
Oct 17, 2015 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I barely know where to begin a review of this one. It's a much smaller tale than The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, with an extremely tight focus on our main character, the blind artist Oree. She's drawn to the transformed city of former-Sky, Shadow, now dominated by the World Tree. And in it, she practices an art more like magic and dallies with godlings. One, day, she finds a dead godling in the market place. From there, her associations, her magic, and her very nature take her into the investigat ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favourites
I can't remember exactly when I reread this -- July, I think. Not sure why I didn't review it again at the time. Anyway, I think for the sheer absorbingness of Jemisin's writing this would get five stars every time from me, even if reading it again I decided that I preferred the first book. The fact that she has a disabled main character, and takes a lot of care to make that realistic, really endeared this book to me the first time. I think there are a few cracks where it's not quite believable ...more
Oct 21, 2015 Justine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This second book in The Inheritance Trilogy again shows Jemisin's skill in world building and flair for creating interesting characters.

The main character in this book has a quiet and mature strength about her which is appealing, and continues to struggle with her own ideas of identity and independence in a very realistic way.
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I start off with something of a tangent here but something started messing with my head as I was reading this book. The Inheritance Trilogy, or at least the first two books of it, have the strangest titles in relation to the books I can think of. These are books that in each case deal with a single person and their intimate relationships with the various gods and demigods in this land. Yet they have titles (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdoms) that suggest th
May 27, 2011 Forrest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cbriii
What a difference a book makes. When I reviewed Jemisin’s freshman work, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, I noted that while she had an eye for interesting subject matter, but was exceedingly hampered by a lack of practical experience. Just one book later, Jemisin has successfully cast off her reliance on an irregular narrative, and crafted a compelling plot that doesn’t rely on an enormous plot twist to wrap its story up. Broken Kingdoms pulls together the best aspects of its prequel, and discard ...more
I really like N.K. Jemisin as a writer. She has tremendous skill at pulling the reader into her characters' mind, she writes beautiful prose, and she has such interesting and complex mythologies. However much I enjoy those things, I often find myself lost in her plot, and not necessarily in a good way.

The Broken Kingdoms is a sort of sequel to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms focusing on a different set of characters. Oree is a blind artist living in Shadow, below Sky (the setting of The Hundred T
Alex Fayle
May 08, 2011 Alex Fayle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I’ve never thought about writing epic, god-infused, politcal/family intrigues, I love reading them when well done. Part drama, part soap opera, part mystery, and part commentary on society, all with a fantasy sheen. What’s not to love?

N.K. Jemisin’s debut novels The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdoms offer it all. And what’s more, they’re accessible because the main character is a (relatively) normal person thrust into something they neither understand nor particularly wa
Rachel Hartman
Aug 23, 2014 Rachel Hartman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Liked it much better than the first one, and I didn't dislike the first one, so.

I am so intrigued by her gods. They're both human and inhuman; they're more like monsters, or very powerful aliens, to me. I have to admit, the mythology of it doesn't resonate deeply with me, but there's still a lot here to chew over. The politics and ethics of it are where I connect, rather than the symbolic level.
Oct 17, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first! Love this author and this trilogy.
Merve  Özcan
Son 100 sayfa nasıl geçti hatırlamıyourm. Gene bitti ya . Ne çabuk bitiyor.


Yüz Bin Krallık'a bayıldığımı size her fırsatta söylüyorum, hatta elimden gelse kulağınızdan çekip, kitabı alana kadar sizi azarlayabilirim. O KADAR!

Yorumumu merak ediyorsanız burada bulabilirsiniz.

Neyse asıl konuya gelelim, yani benim saçma Yüz Bin Krallık takıntıma. İlk kitapta anlatılan Nahadoth ve Yeine'nin hikâyesi o kadar hoşuma gitti ki sabırsızlıktan ölüyordum. En son tüyapta haziranda çıkacak denilmişti ve
Oct 05, 2011 Em rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh for goodness sakes, all of you people just commenting "comment" to win the Twitter thing.

I read this and Hundred Thousand Kingdoms back to back, and Broken Kingdoms is actually my favorite of the two. Oree's viewpoint provides a very unique counterpoint to Yeine's -- she has a community memory that fears Nahadoth and loves Itempas, she's urban poor rather than a country noble, she explores the city rather than the palace, she gets to know demigods before gods, she's experienced the Bright in
Oct 18, 2015 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really wanted to give this book more stars, I really wanted to love it, but it never quite made it there for me.

I never connected with the main character and there wasn't much screen time for characters I did want to follow.

The story was fairly interesting but I found myself distracted easily and it was too easy to put it down and pick up something else.

I love this world, though. I love the magic and Jemisin's writing is excellent. It was so easy to transplant myself to the city of Shadow a
I often have difficulty liking series that have different main characters for each successive installment, but that wasn't so with The Broken Kingdoms. I absolutely adored The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and desperately wanted to continue the story of Yeine, Nahadoth, Sieh, and Itempas, but when I saw that the second story predominantly followed a new character (as well as the others, obliquely) I still couldn't demur. I picked up this book within a few hours of finishing the first book, and read ...more
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
I love immersive fantasies in which the author has enough confidence in story building not to put the romance always in the first and foremost row. If you already have a licence to thrill, like becoming a fantasy author – you truly take a blank canvas and everything goes. Don't limit yourself by things you've read before or set your novel's parameters in a pre-cut mould.

This as a series wasn't bad at all, although I have to say that this novel didn't carry as much strength as the first. I am ve
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Nov 20, 2013 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There's so much godfucking in this novel.

I'm being facetious. But really, there is.

Also, the protagonist manages to become unconscious every few chapters so that we have a plethora of chapters that begin with her regaining her senses and taking in her surroundings. Who does she think she is, Philip Marlowe?

I'm being facetious again.

Things I liked: Oree's strange, magical vision. Blind, she can only 'see' magic and magical things. Imagine that! Picture it.

Oree's weird magic. Really magical an
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Apr 08, 2012 Maree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is just an amazing series. I love that the world is so complex (and that the story is too) but I never get lost or feel like the author is adding things just so the reader knows what's going on. The story really flows effortlessly and it's fantastic.

This is a world that has its gods and can interact with them rather than just worshiping them. But those gods have human faults as well. Oree is blind but can see magic, which is very present in the city of Shadow with its many godlings confined
Lazy Seagull
wOW THIS ONE WAS SO GOOD TOO I am so glad Hyacinthe made me read this series wow.

So basically if you're considering not reading this trilogy even for a second and you're the kind of person who likes kickass females and really well-developed characters and basically everything right about a YA fantasy book, YOU'RE WRONG.

Read it. Trust me.

I liked this book almost as much as the first one! And that's saying something, because usually sequels tend to drag! This one really didn't!

Oree, Shiny, Madding
I don't know why I waited this long to read N. K. Jemisin but I'm so glad I finally did. My bookshelf is better for having her on it.
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
In this, the second of her planned Inheritance trilogy, Jemisin once again delivers another captivating and wonderfully different fantasy story. The introduction takes place at the time of the Gray Lady's birth at the end of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and then abruptly the narrative skips forward ten years. The perfect world, the structured monotheistic religion and city of Sky that the Amn, and the Arameri have crafted and perfected over millennia, all have changed drastically. As evidenced ...more
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