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The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
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Nov 04, 10

bookshelves: 21st-century, american-fiction, by-poc, fantasy
Read from October 30 to November 04, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Up front, I will acknowledge that there are issues of pacing/plotting, and that The Broken Kingdoms reads as less focused than the first book in the trilogy. There's also a lot of stuff that needs to be unpacked here with regards to Oree as a blind protagonist (she's never magically healed, no, but there is the whole compensating-superpower trope, which made me a little uneasy. Also every now and then, I think, Oree made references to colours which... how does that work?).

That said, I still blew through this book very quickly, because it's a rollicking good read, and there's so much going on in the narrative (meta and otherwise) that made me kick up my heels in glee. I did like Oree (another nonwhite female protagonist who picks herself up and keeps going!), and while Itempas/Shiny was a jerk, he was an interesting jerk (and someone whose physical appearance maps onto Black/African in our world is presented as the embodiment of order and stability!). The world building is complex and intriguing, and it was nice to get another perspective on the world to which we'd been introduced in the first book. Reservations aside, I'm still looking forward immensely to the third book.
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