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The Awakened Kingdom

(Inheritance Trilogy #3.5)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,275 ratings  ·  178 reviews

As the first new godling born in thousands of years — and the heir presumptive to Sieh the Trickster — Shill’s got big shoes to fill. She’s well on her way when she defies her parents and sneaks off to the mortal realm, which is no place for an impressionable young god. In short order she steals a demon’s grandchild, gets herself em
ebook, 124 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Orbit
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Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A delightful addition to a brilliant trilogy.

Shill is a brand new godling, born to Mama Yeine, Papa Tempa and Naha. Against the wishes of her parents she visits "the Planet Where Gods Die" (which is also called "the Planet Whose Mortals Were Killed by Gods, Lots"). When she arrives we learn the new status quo of the world of the Inheritance Trilogy and Darre.

I've read almost everything this author has published. Given that, I think I could be forgiven for the expectation of something fairly grim
This is how you do a novella, people. I bought this on release day, actually, and I'm not sure why I waited to read it. I loved Jemisin's Inheritance Trilogy, and even now after reading this, I still want more from this world. But I just finished The Fifth Season over the weekend, and then I had a bad experience with another novella read for the Hugos, and this was just the perfect antidote to both of those. The Fifth Season was wonderful, but so, so dark, and Binti was just extremely disappoint ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
A new novella set after The Inheritance Trilogy is cause for celebration, and The Awakened Kingdom delivers. This time our narrator is Shill, a newly born Trickster god who is completely adorable because she is basically a child with godlike powers who doesn't really know how to use them. Sometimes she kills people. Uh, oops. Her narrative voice is completely endearing and engaging, and I was instantly drawn to her struggle to understand who she was and find her place in the cosmology. As usual, ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
CUUUTE! (yep, that's my whole review. you're welcome.)
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was simply delightful! A little summary, in the protagonist's voice:
”I am born! Hello! Many things happen. The end!"

I laughed quite a lot, as the narrator is a young, naive ‘newborn’ godling.
"Also, Papa Tempa tells me I am doing a wrong thing again. I am supposed to respect TIME, because that is a thing he has made for the place where mortals live, and you come from there. You might forget this if I tell it to you now, so I will tell it to you later and you will remember it when you rea
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the previous Inheritance Trilogy novels
I take back what I said about THE KINGDOM OF GODS being the most entertaining book in the Inheritance Trilogy. This novella, which is a sequel to TKoG, just unseated it - and I'm sure Shill would be super-proud to know that. XD

THE AWAKENED KINGDOM is about a baby godling's first sojourn into the mortal realm so she can discover her purpose (i.e., figure out what she's the god of). Being a baby godling, Shill embodies all aspects of childlike innocence: naivety, playfulness, and, um, well, immatu
Merve Özcan
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bu seri sonsuza dek devam edebilirdi. Okurdum. Ama o zaman böyle güzel olmazdı. Tadı damağımda kaldı. Ama keşke bildiklerine dair bir cümle geçseydi. Yine konuştuklarına falan. 😂 Niye böyle özlemimizi kursağımızda bırakıyorsun ki?

Şunu da eklemek istiyorum: Bu seri kadar gender bender bir seri daha görmedim. Çok svyrm tnrm :'(
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was delightful
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This novella has been released both separately as an ebook, and bundled in with the omnibus of the trilogy. I don’t know quite how I managed to miss that it existed, but I did. I quickly rectified my ignorance by grabbing a copy, and couldn’t resist getting stuck in right away. It helps that the narrator’s voice is infectiously fun; the godling who narrates is a child, full of enthusiasm to live and do and learn and grow. And she does all of this, of course, giving us glimpses in the meanwhile i ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
My expectations were too high for this novella. I assumed that since it was NK Jemisin, and since it is yet another story from a world of her creation that I'm familiar with and invested in, that I would enjoy this story. And it was okay, in the same way that Grey's Anatomy is okay at season 13, compared to how it was in season 3. I knew the world, I understood the internal logic, and I missed many of the characters. But the story and the voice of this speaker and the writing in general were eac ...more
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(Full review here:

For fans of the trilogy, this is a must-have, because it’s a wonderful return to a wonderful world. For those who have yet to read the trilogy and are intrigued by this review, take heart, because it’s included in the omnibus edition that’s soon to be released! Even had I not been lucky enough to get a copy of this for review, I was planning on rebuying the books just so I could get to read The Awakened Kingdom, which I think is a sign
Blodeuedd Finland
Dec 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, novella
This is a sequel novella, and in a way it could even work as a sort of stand alone. Because it takes places hundreds of years later. But if you want the epicness you need to read it all.

In this one we meet a new young god, who names herself Shill, and with young I mean YOUNG. I will not spoil how young but hehe, young!

She goes out into the world, experiences things, messes up and meets a young man. Which makes her want to change the world.

I enjoyed this novella. Shill was so..well..such a god. K
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just so everyone knows, this novella will definitely spoil a big thing that happens in book three of the trilogy, but it can be easily enjoyed without having read the trilogy if you don't mind spoilers. The Awakened Kingdom reminds me why I LOVE Jemisin's writing so much: it is HILARIOUS as it breaks the fourth wall with a baby godling trying to explain the universe as she first experiences it. It is really a novella not to be missed because of how touching and amusing it is ;-).
Doc Opp
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is what I've been waiting for from Jemison. The quality of writing has always been there, but I was waiting for a complete story, and this was fun almost the whole way through.

There is a not so subtle leftist social justice message interwoven through the story, at times a little heavy handed (not so heavy handed as Terry Goodkind's interweaving of objectivism into his novels, but not by any means subtle) and I could imagine some readers could be turned off by that, so if you are one of thos
This was delightful, light and hilarious. I loved it.
Elzhraa Elrayess
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I did not quite like this as I liked the actual trilogy. However, it was still fun. I just did not like the baby talk; it really annoyed me, and the easy way out at the end.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I probably wouldn’t have picked this up after the last novel but it was included in a package of the trilogy. It’s worth it! Shill’s perspective is fun and personable and it’s a very different type of narrator than before which is great!
Shanna Matheo
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just the cutest thing I've read all year!! Shill was so adorable!
Grace Troxel
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:

The Awakened Kingdom is a novella set in the same world as N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy. The Three gods that rule the universe have been in mourning since the loss of their son Sieh, the Trickster God. Hoping to fill the void, they give birth to a new godling who calls herself Schill. Schill realizes she can’t fill the role that Sieh did, and she is upset that her parents are stil
Morgan Dhu
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
N. K. Jemisin returns to the universe if her amazingly wonderful Inheritance trilogy with a novella set 300 years after the events in the trilogy's final volume. The Awakened Kingdom is a delightful and powerful story of the first god born from the union of Yeine, Itempas and Nahadoth, the new triumvirate of gods that maintain the universe. This very young god (who chooses the name Shill for herself in the course of the story) knows that she is somehow to be a successor to the dead god Sieh, but ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So, I've been reading Novellas (and this has absolutely nothing to do with me being behind my reading challenge)
I'm starting to realize in a lot of ways that's where the true showcase of an author's talents is. To do so much with so little time is nothing short of a miracle to me. Granted N.K.Jemisin had a little bit of help considering she'd already done the world building and introduced the side characters, but still, even with that head start I still find it incredible that she managed to wr
Belinda Lewis
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Utterly charming novella about a baby God.

"Oh, there are no words for it, not even in my sophisticated big-girl vocabulary, but it was beautiful and perfect, all the whatness and nowness of existence pouring through me, finding all the whoness and whyness of him and filling it up, blowing it open, setting us both on fire like baby stars!"

It's also, without being at all obvious or preachy, the best social commentary on gender norms I've read in a while.
Lynn ಠ_ಠ
Shill's childlike wonder and whimsical personality was yet another interesting voice added to the Inheritance books. It was difficult to get into at first but it turned out OK and I wished it was a full book because I would have liked to see her character mature (not in the physical sense) and see where Eino would go from there. The gender reversals was interesting and thought provoking without being overmuch, in my opinion.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to this, but the style of thought, of the main character, was so jumbled and confusing that I found it simply frustrating instead of its goal of being charming or child-like. (I guess that was her plan?) Couldn't survive it and gave up.
Sep 25, 2014 marked it as to-read
A novella? What? Noo......It can't be.
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I tried reading it just seemed like a bunch rambling very disa
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short novella is FANTASTIC. I almost can’t believe that a short story set after the main trilogy would end up being my favorite (and IMO the BEST) story in the series. Where book 3 was an ok ending, and the other short novella ultimately left me wanting, this book was the best way I could have ended this series. Honestly, this novella makes reading the rest of the series entirely worth it.

Jemisin brilliantly chose to write from the perspective of a newborn godling. Her name is Shill, and s
Ryan Trepanier
This review is going to be short and sweet. N.K. Jemisin is not of this world. She has a way with words, with characters, and with worlds that is not natural and doesn't seem fair to the rest of us mere humans just trying to get by on our meager existences.

The Awakened Kingdom is one last snippet of the Inheritance world that takes place hundreds of years beyond the end of Kingdom of Gods. It features a child-like godling narrator that is immediately loveable and adorable the way a newborn puppy
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely delightful.

I've never read a story from a child's perspective quite like this. Shill is just so delightful in the way she explains godly concepts and details her interactions with the mortals. I didn't know I'd want this, but this has to be my favourite entry to Inheritance, hands down.

A couple Jemisen gems:
"I looked at Ia, frowning and trying to understand why this was so important. “Mortals cannot perceive one another’s souls,” he explained. “They need names, and sight and other th
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, novella
I liked this a lot. I very much enjoyed The Inheritance Trilogy, so reading the novella felt a bit like coming back to a place I'd traveled to before, loved, and hadn't seen for awhile. The story is far enough in time from the trilogy that it didn't feel like a sequel; this is a story that's related but separate. Nonetheless, we get to see how The Three have come along since the turbulence of the trilogy.

This story's voice is challenging. Getting down the contradictions of a child godling is cl
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