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The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
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Nov 16, 10

bookshelves: 2010-reading-list
Read in November, 2010

Just wow. This book sucked me in more so than Book 1 - the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - which is saying a lot because of how good Book 1 was. Astoundingly, Jemisin tells the story with a whole new protagonist and series of characters (though many of Book 1 show back up and some play a big role), providing an intriguing and uniquely different perspective of the main city, Sky.

Broken Kingdoms follows the happenings after Yeanne frees Nahodoth, the God of Night, from the imprisonment of Itempas, the God of Light. Itempas is stripped of his abilities and made mortal, though he comes back to life if killed or committed suicide. Nahodoth and Yeanna allow the Godlings, the Gods children to roam freely in Sky.

But then Godlings start showing up dead - something that hasn't occurred in thousands of years and most thought impossible. Insert the new main character, Oree, a blind artist, who has good relationships with some of Godlings and takes an interest in their deaths.

The story, again, is expertly and eloquently written by Jemisin. The words fly off the page whether it be an action sequence or long discussions. She tied the two books stories together perfectly, while giving the reader a fresh set of characters to follow. The story was also one part straight fantasy, dealing with the deaths of the Godlings, and one part morality/humanity story, dealing with the fallen Itempas and his interactions with Oree and others.

It was just an overall fantastic read and one of my favorites of the year. I recommend reading the story in as few sittings as possible to gather the emotionally roller coaster Jemisin puts you through. I eagerly await Book 3.
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