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The Dreamblood Duology

(Dreamblood #1-2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  1,375 ratings  ·  121 reviews
The Dreamblood Duology includes the novels The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun.

The city burned beneath the Dreaming Moon.

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers -- the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sl
Paperback, 930 pages
Published December 20th 2016 by Orbit
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Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kat-fantasy
I started with this book with high hopes and huge expectations. Unfortunately none of these came true for me and I ended up as part of the minority that could not find access to the story.

Jemisin based her duology on a world derived from the ancient Egyptian culture, and I found it really difficult to develop interest in this.

In the first book, The Killing Moon, she uses three fourth of the book to describe her world and the culture, while nothing much is happening. All the action happens in the
Monica **can't read fast enough**
Killing Moon Review

I just absolutely love the way that Jemisin reveals the worlds and characters that she creates. From the very beginning Jemisin requires her readers to sit up and pay attention because every detail is important to the story line and she wastes no time easing readers into her stories. Killing Moon is a dark story and there were several times that I wanted to hold my breath hoping that things could work out differently than they do, even when I saw the inevitability of the situa
I loved The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate, so I was thinking good things when I picked up this volume. Good things, it turns out, includes a story that has absolutely cemented Jemisin as one of my absolute favorite writers.

Good prose? Check. Nuanced and thoughtful understanding of human nature? Check. Drama and tension? Oh so many checks. Deep, pervasive, subtle world building? Check. A plot that holds you and hooks you? Check. Characters that are flawed and real and wonderful? Check.

Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will read everything this woman writes. Her ability to create interesting characters, and fascinating worlds, is amazing and inspiring. These two books do not disappoint.
Jennifer Blair
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historically, my taste in fantasy series has leaned heavily toward Medieval Europe-style tales full of knights and swords and castles and dragons -- and there's nothing wrong with that. But the fantasy genre has grown so much in recent years, and NK Jemisin has been the single shining beacon that has shown me just how good diverse fantasy can be.

The Dreamblood Duology has everything that a 'traditional' fantasy series might have -- intricate world-building, well-crafted characters, a compelling
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first book (THE KILLING MOON) is a delight, stuffed with worldbuilding and a plot that crackles along, and then it comes to a rather abrupt conclusion. More abrupt is the revelation (to me, who knew nothing going into this) that the second book (THE SHADOWED SUN) takes place 10 years later with a whole slew of new characters (although old friends do appear). And the plot takes a backseat to more worldbuilding and relationships, although it again kicks into gear in the last 150 pages or so, w ...more
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-five-stars
I'm never going to get enough of Jemisin's worlds or words. It took me exactly 30 days to read this Duology; in part because I was sick and when i was reading i was going slowly, savoring as you will. I think this runs neck and neck with the Broken Earth trilogy, for me. Great stuff to combine dream theory with Ancient Egyptian culture. Following Ehiru and Hanani through this magical world was hypnotizing. I'm not a religious person anymore, as I've just decided to live my life as honest and pur ...more
So wonderful. It's not as ground-breaking (no pun intended) as the Broken Earth trilogy, but it's absolutely perfect on its own. A deep, well-thought out mythology, based loosely on history but still totally original; fantasy elements that are internally consistent and intelligent; characters and relationships that are rich and deep and heartbreaking and beautiful; a plot that's gripping and exciting and satisfying. Loved it. ...more
Spike Anderson
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scififant
She is the bomb. Seriously, I love everything by her that I've ever read. This book is amazing ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is really a 4.5 rating - it's not quite as good as the Broken Earth series, but it is still VERY good. I was fascinated by the world-building Jemisin did here; it's based on Egyptian culture but feels very unique and not at all derivative of anything else - the whole concept of dream magic and its four humours is fascinating. And the two books included in this duology explore the culture and world she created in very different ways, both of which are fascinating in completely different ways ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jemisin's books usually take me a little while to get into. She creates original worlds and magic systems, and because she is so unique there are no familiar tropes to create an instant bond with the story. You have to dig a little deeper and work for it, but in the end it's always worth it. The Dreamblood duology is about an Afrocentric society where magic comes from dream humors. There is an ancient medical system based on the four humors of the body- blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm ...more
Siona St Mark
I have't felt the desire to read this in weeks (a month?) and I just was not enjoying this as much as I hoped I would. The magic system was promising, but I didn't stick around long enough to get a lot of information on it. The world was interesting, but not as much as the one in The Fifth Season was.

Over all, I think I was comparing this too much to The Fifth Season in my mind. That's not really fare because that book is one of her more recently releases, and (hopefully) would be better since s
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
N. K. Jemisin, will you marry me?

- THE SLOWISH PACE (It didn't get boring, it just gave you plenty time to sink into that good shit)
- YANASSA (I love her so much she deserves her own point on the list)

- THAT THERE'S NOT MORE not that the story didn't wrap up nicely nothing is lacking I just WANT MORE cause yknow how it is. @NKJemisin if you write another book I wi
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books, about a world where dreams are healing and life ending, and nightmares are prowling, and power is complex, wound up being really good. I struggled with the first book, as I could not connect with any characters, and the dreamy 17 hours of narration really dragged for what felt largely like world building for me, despite the murder dream plot. People had feelings, but I felt that they were missing something essential to make me care about them. The second book had characters that I f ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. I really loved how divided the reader can get over who is in the right or wrong. Granted, the bad was clearly bad, but I love how divided I was on whether Ehuri or Sunandi were in the right.

Looking forward to book two!

-The killing moon --->3.5

-The shadowed sun --->4.5
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book (not that it shows on the ridicule amount of time that I took to read it... but I somehow am not in the mood to read this year... o_O)
I liked the whole idea of the Magic in these books a lot, and that it was somewhat based in ancient Egypt.
I liked The Shadowed Sun a bit more, the setting, the characters, the climax.
In short, a very good read!
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5. that ending was perfection. I loved all the amazing, strong, well developed characters. Jemisin's world building is quite unrivaled in my opinion. I did fall into a bit of a slump in the middle of the 2nd book but I am mot sure if the book was actually to blame or just me and everything going on at the moment because even in the slump and when I hadn't picked up the book in days I could not stop thinking of Wana and Hanani, Sunadi and Najiri, and all others. Not your typical battles but I l ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Killing Moon - 4/5
I keep the rating from my previous read. The Gatherers are stange but we can relate to Nijiri - and at time with Ehiru - but the best character is without a doubt Sunandi!
Jemisin really knows how to write powerful women! :)

The Shadowed Sun - 4/5
This one has a slow start and it took me a long time to finally care for the characters.
But I do love Hanani!
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one creates new worlds like Nemison!

I was completely enchanted by both books. They are both the kind of book that asks something from the reader. You have to pay attention and learn the new ways of her new worlds. In return, you get the treat of gorgeously crafted, compelling stories and characters in contexts that give your imagination something to really CHEW on.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, rewrite-reviews
Jessica Whittemore
This is a review of the second book, The Shadowed Sun.

This book just really f***ing spoke to me. It's such an antidote to the Patriarchy and I LOVE it and you should read it. I read for 7 straight hours last night to finish this book at 6 o' clock in the morning ahhhhh

"even the smallest act of peace is a blessing upon the world."

This book has a balanced and enlightened philosophy. Reading this book makes me feel awake and like I know how to be a better human, a better presence on earth.

"So imp
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I am well aware I am in a big minority opinion about this duology. Part of it is me and my taste, I haven't read adult epic fantasy before - my preferred fantasy style is YA urban fantasy - and perhaps this wasn't the place to start with adult epic fantasy. But I want to read the Broken Earth trilogy down the line, so I really wanted to try Jemisin's writing style before that so I went with this one because there's only two books, not three or four.

The Killing Moon - 3.5 stars

The Shadowed Sun
Brad Bell
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Writing fantasy that is both surprising, different and compelling is difficult and the fact that Jemisin has written two separate fantasy series that I absolutely love is astonishing to me. These two books “The Killing Moon” and “The Shadowed Sun” are brilliant novels, both drastically different from one another and great for different reasons and I’m going to review them as two separate books since they are.

“The Killing Moon” is the more traditional fantasy book of the two. The story of a mad k
Clay Kallam
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I stumbled across "The Dreamblood Duology" at the airport and figured it was worth a shot -- especially given the other options. And all in all, it was a good investment of $20, as the combination of "The Killing Moon" and "The Shadowed Sun" was not only a bargain, but the linked novels were fun reads.

N. K. Jemisin sets her fantasy on an unnamed world with magical powers drawn from dreams, and in "The Killing Moon" we are introduced to Gatherers, who kill people peacefully by transporting their
Pavlo Tverdokhlib
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
N.K. Jemisin is back with another massive doorstopper of a fantasy novel. Unlike "The Innheritance" series, however, this time it's not about gods, but rather the users of dream-magic in a pseudo-Egyptian setting.

The 2 books mostly take place in the city of Gujaareh and its environs. The city, located at the mouth of a river that floods yearly, creating a super-fertile valley surrounded by deserts, is focused on the worship of the goddess of Dreams, Hananja. Her priesthood, the Hetawa, wiled po
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This collection contains two novels, The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun. Both take place in the city of Gujaareh, and both center around magic-wielding priests who serve the goddess Hananja.

The world-building in these novels is complex and intricate. The religion of "peace" at the center of Gujaareen society provides a framework for an unusual and fresh set of stories.

These books also continue the broad theme that underlies all of Jemisin's works - that stability, order, and "peace" can oft
Jemisin is such a talented writer; I am kicking myself for not twigging to this years ago! These two books (The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun have a great deal of thoughtful, original worldbuilding, and interesting characters who must deal with very human-level problems, though those problems are large in scope. Which is to say -- there's no grand quest against the BBEG here; the conflicts are largely driven by a more mundane evil, and that's a nice change from the usual speculative fictio ...more
Becki Iverson
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Think this one was more of a 4.5 but bumping due to the rating system (Goodreads PLEASE add half stars!!). It's not quite as revolutionary or as sticky as the magnificent Broken Earth trilogy, but it's still a wondrously vivid fictional world that has lingered with me for days after finishing. This particular series has deep core ties to Egyptian mythology and history which thoroughly tickled my inner 11-year old Egyptologist. It's really fascinating to see how Jemisin skillfully strips the fat ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The duology was brilliantly written and the plot was well executed. However, if you're reading this after the Broken Earth trilogy, it's very likely that you'll be atleast a tad bit disappointed.

The book introduces characters, plot points and many aspects of the world in a subtle yet clear way. However, am I attached to the main character? No. Am I going to remember this series and want to re-read it? No.
And the reason for this is the rather disappointing romance. I JUST DON'T SEE WHY THEY'RE T
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