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The Broken Kingdoms

(Inheritance Trilogy #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  24,453 ratings  ·  1,946 reviews
A man with no memory of his past and a struggling, blind street artist will face off against the will of the gods as the secrets of this stranger's past are revealed in the sequel to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, the debut novel of NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden amo
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Orbit (first published November 3rd 2010)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Well shit! I loved this one wayyyy more than the first!! This one rocked monkey butt!! 😃

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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
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
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
It is kind of unfair that I measure N. K. Jemisin's book against her other books - because this one was exceptionally brilliant as well, just not quite as awe-inspiring as The Fifth Season. So, for any other author this probably would have been a five star read as well, but I can't get myself to award them. I am absolutely, 100% in love with her writing and I cannot wait to read more book of hers. The next book in the series is already smiling at me from my night stand so I will probably not hav ...more
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
In the city of Shadow, blind artist Oree makes a living selling trinkets in the local market. Her secret—that she can see magic—is hidden, but her secrets are about to be revealed when a godling is found murdered in the alley behind her stall. Everything points to Oree and her new, mysterious houseguest, but is it him the murderers want...or her?

I enjoyed The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, but this one was even better!

This picks up about ten or so years after Yeine unlocks her power, and deals with
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
May 27, 2011 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)
The Broken Kingdoms: Liked this better than the first book
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Based on The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate (the first two books in her BROKEN EARTH trilogy), N.K. Jemisin immediately became my favorite SFF author of this decade. Her DREAMBLOOD series was also very good, an original fantasy based on Egyptian and Nubian themes. However, as I was working backwards, I got to her earliest series last, the INHERITANCE trilogy. And in comparison, I thought The Hundr
mark monday
more compelling adventures in the second volume of N.K. Jemisin's Inheritance trilogy. this one features a mortal trying to deal with a bunch of gods, a fanatical cult, and the slow shift in culture taking place on a mystical world. the novel is pure high fantasy, but in its popping pace, realistic-cynical perspective, often snappy dialogue, and Big City setting (as well as the polished but not particularly distinctive prose), it felt much like an urban fantasy novel rather than one taking place ...more
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
Oct 27, 2013 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
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

So much better than the first book! I loved the characters and their development (even though I was sceptical in the beginning...) and the story was gripping with a more than satisfying ending. The start was a little slow but once the new characters were introduced the story developed beautifully.
I still think the lore surrounding the Gods and Godlings is one of the best things about this series.
Oct 14, 2015 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 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
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.
Aug 14, 2012 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
Mayim de Vries
Not too much to say about this one. It didn't resonate with me and so I trodded behind the plot like a bored spectator that couldn't be bothered either to boo or to clap.

The Broken Kingdoms takes place roughly ten years after the The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and is set in the same world. While it shares some of the characters, it is not so much a sequel as a companion novel. This time, however, instead of accompanying Nahadoth (and Sieh), we follow the footsteps of bright Itempas. The story it
Megan Baxter
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am continuing to love this series. It's fantasy with its own voice and world, and a focus that's unlike anything I've read so far. I love that. So much fantasy is so much the same, and I get so bored. This was never boring, not even for a second. I'd like to thank N.K. Jemisin from the bottom of my heart for writing so damn well. Even if I spent a good portion of the first book wondering if it was really science fiction.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goo
Alex Fayle
May 08, 2011 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
May 26, 2011 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
thoughts after re-reading@2018:

Like Robin Hobb, N. K. Jemisin is one of the few fantasy novelist with peerless world building skill, insight and story telling talent. Her fantasy world is so well construed that it takes a life of its own as the story develops and it grows and expands as you follow the characters through their journeys. And the gods/godlings in the story, they are such a bunch of fascinating characters!!! Jemisin has to be one of the few authors who can write gods/godlike beings
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first! Love this author and this trilogy.
˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
well I didn’t love this one nearly as much as the first but that isn’t surprising considering how utterly perfect it was in my eyes. the first also ended in a way that could have very well warranted a standalone novel so, again, it doesn’t surprise me that I wasn’t as invested in the sequel

that being said I still love the world and character nk jemisin has crafted and I literally binged this in a single day so that’s gotta count for something

I really have no idea how this trilogy is going to en
Matthew Quann
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
TEN-THOUSAND (okay, ten) QUICK THOUGHTS ON The Broken Kingdoms

1. Second instalments in trilogies have a bum rep. I didn't think it was as good as the first one, but it isn't a bad fantasy novel, and it is still fun.

2. This is a story set in the same world as The Ten Thousand Kingdoms. In an intelligent move, Jemisin decided to switch the focus of the story from the Arameri upper crust of the first novel to the common folk.

3. Where The Ten Thousand Kingdoms left off, this story picks up with the
Rachel Hartman
Aug 23, 2014 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.
4/5 stars

This was soooo much better than Book 1, it was so clear how much N.K. Jemisin improved between the last book and this one. I’m hoping I’ll love book 3 even more (this line might age badly lol)

So let’s go over why this book is great and far superior to book 1:

Oree Shoth:

Oree is our main character, and she is a very good one. She’s blind, but she can see magic, which helps as she lives in the newly-named city of Shadow, which (after the events of last book) surrounds the World Tree whic
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Broken Kingdoms is the second book in N. K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy. It’s set about ten years after the first book and, like the first book, it tells a complete story with a beginning and end. It mostly focuses on different characters, but some familiar characters from the first book show up too.

The story is told from the first-person perspective of Oree, a woman who can see gods, godlings, and magic but is otherwise blind. On a few rare occasions I thought she seemed to know things th
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
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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