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The Awakened Kingdom

(Inheritance Trilogy #3.5)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,536 ratings  ·  281 reviews
The long awaited sequel to the Inheritance trilogy -- a novella by award winning author N. K. Jemisin where a godling must struggle to grow in the shadow of her parents.


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
Kindle Edition, 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
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
CUUUTE! (yep, that's my whole review. you're welcome.)
Sep 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
1 Star

So this was not for me. I couldn't stand Shill as a narrator. It felt like I read from the perspective of a 4-year old, which was presumably intended but still annoying. The story itself was meh. I like the ending of the trilogy, so this additional story felt somehow unecessary and pointless.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
The Awakened Kingdom is a novella set about 300 years after the third book in N. K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy. It’s told from the point of view of a very young godling who is only a little over a month old. She visits humans for the first time, on the same planet where the previous books took place, and learns a lot about life in general and about herself.

This was cute, but it was my least-favorite of Jemisin’s work by a good margin. The main character has a very bouncy, hyper voice that mad
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 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Evan Pickett
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jemisin has such original ideas, and a story about a 40-day-old god, trying not to destroy the mortal realm, was excellent. I feel like this would be a really good book for young boys. It is essentially a tale about feminism, and most of the concepts are quite simple. But also weird, and quirky. Cause of course it is. Excellent.
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
This takes place about 300 years after the events that ended the Inheritance Trilogy. The Three create a new godling, and she sets out into the world to try and figure out her purpose. The writing itself was a lot of fun in this story - it starts very childlike, and as Shill grows, so too does the writing. It might have been an annoying technique in a longer work, but I think it is executed really well in this novella. I also really enjoyed Shill as a character. More than any of the other charac ...more
Huda Al-Mossalli
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
My favorite parts is when Shill explains complicated stuff and the says “ I don’t know why you don’t understand, I explained it perfectly “ 😂😂😂

When ever she says Papa Tempa I smile, he still is my favorite character.
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
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 ;-).
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
If you have read the Inheritance Trilogy and love the world you have to pick this up!! I was unable to put this short work down and absolutely loved this new Godling main character and how we got to use her growing up to understand more of the world and particularly a culture that only gets a little screen time in the original trilogy. N.K. Jemisin is an autoread for me now, I love her worlds and characters so much.
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
Carly K
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet coda to the trilogy -- it doesn't quite have the punch of the earlier, much lengthier entries, but it does build on the existing world effectively. If you love the series, must read; if you just liked the series, you could probably skip it. If you haven't read the rest of the series, start with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet and interesting novella set in the Inheritance-universe, only loosely connected to the actual trilogy. Shill was without a doubt the cutest and funniest narrator so far and Jemisin did a great job with using the voice of an actual newborn godling. The matriarchal society and the reversed gender-roles in Darr were interesting and thought provoking. The ending kind of came out of nowhere, but it also fits with the themes of the series. It had some interesting ideas of what the fut ...more
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
Joram van Vugt
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adult
(5 Stars) I absolutely adored the narration

The best thing about this was the narration. I absolutely loved it. Shill is a newborn godling and still has to experience everything for the first time and it really shows. The narration was funny, endearing and heartbreaking at times.

I liked getting a glimpse of the future after everything that happened in the trilogy and I liked the message of the book.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This is a perfect length for the voice and story. Whoever made that decision deserves a star. Besides the cute voice, the mystery of figuring out Shill's purpose pulls you along. This one is a lot of fun packed into a small space.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am utterly obsessed with Shill. My sweet sweet baby, gosh how I loved reading this novella from her point of view.

I really really enjoyed this gorgeous epilogue of sorts to The Inheritance Trilogy. The ending came out of left field for me, but overall really good.
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!
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.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really lovely.
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Note to self: when I teach race in fantasy, assign this as a compulsory text.
Josh Lewis
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great ending to such a rich and complex world.
Liz B
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, fantasy, novella
Forgettable. I'm sure I enjoyed it while reading, though.
Victoria Carney
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
oops got distracted with more N.K. Jemisin
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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