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Broken Kingdoms, The (The Inheritance Trilogy #2)

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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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Vinaya
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
Lightreads
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
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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
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TheBookSmugglers
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
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Felicia
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)
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Nikki
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
Nathan
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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
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Forrest
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
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
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Merve  Özcan
Son 100 sayfa nasıl geçti hatırlamıyourm. Gene bitti ya . Ne çabuk bitiyor.


Yorum:

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
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Em
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
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Holly
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
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.
Catherine
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Maree
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
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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
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Ithlilian
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
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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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
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Ranting Dragon
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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
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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
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 wh
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Kerry
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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Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
Like The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms so very much happened in this book, too much in fact for me to even begin to outline in a review. Doing so would be wrong of me as it would give away too many spoilers. Suffice it to say, however that it has no less an intricate nuanced plot than THTK.
I was a bit upset at having to give up Yeine from THTK after having grown so attached to her. Other readers assured me that I would get over it. Well, I did and I did not. Oree, our protagonist is an awesome char
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Wendy Browne
The first book in the Inheritance Trilogy was told by its main character, Yeine, in recollection. I read it a second time almost immediately and was blown away by all the clues to the slowly, deliciously unravelled mystery that Jemisin so carefully and subtly wove into the story. You’d think reading a book a second time within that many months would mean boredom, but instead, it was an eye opening experience.

The Broken Kingdoms is a similar and yet entirely different experience that takes dramat
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Rebecca
This follows up on the inventive but uneven The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, with less inventiveness but more evenness.

Our narrator, an artist living in the shadow of the Tree that engulfed the castle Sky in the previous book, has little to hide from the reader, which helps. Much of the coyness and timeline issues have been eased, leaving a lively voice in a vivid setting. The characters are interesting, and it's nice to see an exploration of the some of the events from the previous book from a mo
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Zuleika
I’m going to keep this declaration of my love ‘review’ short and a rambling mess, because in my ‘this-story-is-so-good’ high (It’s a day later and I’m still basking in that special glow you get from reading a very satisfying book) I can’t think of anything bad (or coherent) to say.

WOW, THIS BOOK BLEW MY SOCKS OFF. It’s was a completely different story than its prequel, yet managed to complement it perfectly and I honestly can’t say which one I preferred. Before starting I thought I wouldn’t be a
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Laura
Agh. This book ends on a tragically emotional cliffhanger that I definitely was NOT expecting at all. I was expecting a clever reversal like in Book One, but instead--nope. I know that's a spoiler, but it's one I would have appreciated going into it, so that's what I'll say.

The key brilliance of this book was getting me to fall for Itempas, who was a huge jerk throughout Book 1 and most of this book; which, well, I frankly didn't think it could be pulled off. Most of the rest of the book I saw c
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Ifigenia
En este libro la protagonista es una ciega, llamada Oree (que siempre ha sido para mí Oreo, porque yo lo valgo) que vive en la ciudad de Sombra, bajo el Árbol del mundo, siendo una inmigrante más y vendiendo sus obras a los pobres guiris que se les ocurre pasar por allí (y digo pobres guiris, porque lo son). En el paseo donde está Oree, o más bien debería de llamarlo laberinto es muy fácil perderse. Así que Oree y el resto de los comerciantes, bien metidos en si no pagas no meas, sabiendo que al ...more
Sandi
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
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