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The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood #2)

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Gujaareh, the city of dreams, suffers under the imperial rule of the Kisuati Protectorate. A city where the only law was peace now knows violence and oppression. A mysterious and deadly plague now haunts the citizens of Gujaareh, dooming the infected to die screaming in their sleep. Someone must show them the way.
Paperback, 492 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Orbit (first published June 1st 2012)
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Dev Null The author does mention in the afterward that she has other stories she'd like to tell in the world though. I'm not aware of any of those even being…moreThe author does mention in the afterward that she has other stories she'd like to tell in the world though. I'm not aware of any of those even being in the works, but it's not impossible, eventually.(less)

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Bradley
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Dreamblood duo continues on in a tradition of immersive Egyptian-like settings, although the culture is still uniquely Jemisin's: a city built on the idea of peace, magic users that harvest and gift dreams, a plague of dreams harming so many people, and a war in the desert.

There's a lot to love, and surprisingly, at least to me, was the strong continuation of the romance from the first, so much so that it practically dominates the entire tale. I might even go so far as to
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Carol.
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people looking for complex fantasy, multi-culti fantasy, Blue Sword fans
Jemisin's talent continues to impress. Epic in scope--the retaking of a city--and intimate in focus--faith and self doubt--The Shadowed Sun was a satisfying read. The second in the Dreamblood series, it starts some ten years after The Killing Moon and while three or four characters return, I would think it would work as a standalone book.

A quick sum-up isn't easy. It is at heart three stories: love between an unlikely pair, an internal values conflict, and a tale about retaking a city built on p
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Stuart
The Shadowed Sun: Mature, intelligent, challenging, unafraid
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
The Shadowed Sun (2012) is the second book in N.K. Jemisin’s DREAMBLOOD two-book series, inspired the ancient kingdoms of Egypt and Nubia. However, rather than simply changing some names and using thinly-disguised history as her template, she introduces an entirely new religious and social system, one centered around worship of Hananja, the dream goddess represented by the moon. The story this time
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Algernon
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
[9/10]
None of my reservations about this second Dreamblood installment. I was caught in the story right from the first chapter. The setting is already established: the cities of Gujaareah and Kisua, the cult of the moon goddess Hananja, the magic system based on dream gathering. Some of the actors are also returning, but in a move that proved successful in her Inheritance books, the second story is focused on a different trio of characters, and the plot is picked up ten years later, building on
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Megan Baxter
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I haven't yet read The Fifth Season, but I was absolutely delighted when N.K. Jemisin was nominated for a Hugo this year, despite the best efforts of certain slates. I've now read four of her books, and been impressed by every single one. And seriously, I think The Shadowed Sun might go to the head of the list as my favourite, which would be a very hard choice indeed.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came t
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YouKneeK
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Shadowed Sun is set ten years after The Killing Moon. Each story stands alone, but there’s a larger story arc that ties them together. At the end of the first book, I had felt slightly unsatisfied because things were wrapped up so quickly. It tied up the main plot but left me with a lot of questions about what the repercussions would be. This second book gave me what I had been looking for by showing me what those repercussions were, and by then going on to deal with those repercussions. I f ...more
TheBookSmugglers
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Warning: this review contains inevitable spoilers for book 1, The Killing Moon. Avoid if you haven’t read that book and don’t wish to be spoiled! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Trigger Warning: Rape

Ana’s Take:

To me, one of the greatest pleasures in life is to read a great book and then proceed to write a gushy review of said book. This is going to be one of those. Interestingly, the last time I wrote one of those no-holds-barred, OMG- I –LOVED- THIS- BOOK review
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Anasylvia

Book 1 of the The Dreamblood Series.

The Killing Moon Thoughts.

Well. Memories can be both sweet and painful.

The Shadowed Sun takes place ten years after the events of The Killing Moon. Book 1 left us with some unresolved issue and some very unhappy characters. These characters make their way to center stage in the sequel as they prepare to take back what they lost, and get their revenge.

Quick recap:
The city of Gujareeh worships the female Goddess Hananja, and her priest of sorts are known as the
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Miloș Dumbraci
Simultan o surpriză plăcută și o dezamăgire; spuneam după ”Luna Ucigașă” că nu m-am putut hotărî dacă îmi place NK Jemisin și deci va trebui s-o mai citesc - acum zic invers: mi-a plăcut și m-am lămurit că nu o voi mai citi.
Supriza plăcută: a evoluat evident de la primul volum și a ajuns la o scriitură perfectă, la personaje (ceva) mai complexe și la o lume bine construită, dar mai ”streamlined”, precum și la povești mai captivante. Dacă aș ignora minusurile, ar fi de 4/5. Ideea de bază (ocupați
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Alina
As the main premises were already established in the first book, it was a lot easier to get into the story. The action takes places 10 years after The Killing Moon, with some of the main characters in the first book acting here as support characters for others. As there are some rather important references to characters and/or actions from the forst book, I recommend reading them in order.

Yet again we get complex and realistic characters, both main and secondary, each driven by their own desires
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