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The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance #2)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  8,580 ratings  ·  805 reviews
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 strange homeless man on an impulse. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city. And Oree's guest is at the ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published November 3rd 2010 by Orbit (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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
Fantasy Review Barn

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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Nov 20, 2013 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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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.
2015 Reading Challenge #32. Una trilogía (2) ...more
Unlike many fantasy series out there, the Inheritance Trilogy changes main characters with each book. This could be potentially bad for someone that may not enjoy the main character each time, and it is also a bit strange to be called a trilogy when there isn't complete continuity between each book. For instance, The Broken Kingdoms is set 10 years after The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and while events from that book are mentioned, it's not completely necessary to have read it to understand or en ...more
Selin Kamaş
Kahretsin!!! Kitaba başladığımda kesinlikle böyle bir kitap okuyacağımı düşünmüyordum. Tabii ilk kitap çok iyiydi ve bir beklentiyle başladım ama bu umduğumun çok üstündeydi. Ah be Oree...

Neredeyse bu kitabı başka bir yazarın yazdığını düşünecektim. Çünkü konu nedense ilk kitaba göre çok farklı geldi halbükü aynı ortamın içinde olduğunuzu hissediyorsunuz. Her neyse.

Ana karakterimiz Oree. Onu daha ilk anlardan sevdim. Öncelikle kendisi kör. Ama büyü içeren şeyleri görebiliyor. İşin aslı kitaba
Ranting Dragon

The Broken Kingdoms is the second book in N. K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy, the sequel to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (review here). In the first book, we followed Yeine, a warrior princess summoned to the great city of Sky amidst a fierce political struggle. In this sequel, we learn the aftermath of that struggle as we follow Oree, an artist living in Shadow, a city teeming with godlings. Oree herself is a mortal, blind except for her ability to see
Chiara (delicate eternity)
The Broken Kingdoms begins not too long after where The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms left off. How much time has passed exactly is not given. The Broken Kingdoms follows roughly a year in the life of Oree Shoth, who is blind in all ways but one. She can see magic, and in particular, God magic. Which makes living in Shadow (previously known as Sky the city), where godlings practically run rampant, pleasant. Until Oree takes in a seemingly normal homeless man, who shines brighter than the sun at dawn ...more
With her second novel, N.K. Jemisin has earned a place as one of my must-read authors. She has created an incredible complex fantasy world, yet managed to keep the stories within it intimate. She doesn't take us on epic journeys with a hundred characters. Instead, she chooses one character and tells about that character's view of the world and how she is affected by it.

The Broken Kingdoms takes place 10 years after The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Oree, a blind artist, can see magic. She takes in
In The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms , N.K. Jemisin established her world of gods and men. The Broken Kingdoms begins ten years after the events of that book, so to properly describe the setting and plot would require spoilers.

Jemisin gives us an awesome narrator in Oree, a blind artist who can see magic. It's a good ability to have when there are godlings about, and the story kicks off when a godling is found murdered. Who would kill a god? And why? And how? Also, does this murder have anything at
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This review contains minor spoilers for the ending of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

It's been ten years since the cataclysmic events that ended The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms , and the land has changed a great deal. The people don't know what happened that day ten years ago, only that an immense tree suddenly grew through the city under Sky, the Arameri palace, and through the palace itself - and that the godlings returned after untold years of exile. Godlings, and the Three, the original gods w
Wow, this was amazing!

I was one of those people that loved The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and I wasn't sure how this one was going to compare. I had loved Yeine and Naha and Sieh and the others, and I couldn't imagine how Jemisin was going to pull off a book with Itempas as the protagonist after he'd essentially been the villain of the first book.

Well, she certainly does pull it off, and how!

In a way, Itempas is not a protagonist at all; or rather he is, but in a secondary way. This is, first and
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