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The Kingdom of Gods

(Inheritance Trilogy #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  19,604 ratings  ·  1,713 reviews
For two thousand years the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the gods are free, and the Arameris' ruthless grip is slipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending war. ...more
Paperback, 613 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Orbit
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Nov 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: popcorn
If this had been the first book, I wouldn't have read the other two. In fact, after reading this one, I went back re-read the first one to try to recall what I had liked about the series in the first place.

OH YEAH: That book had consistent character development, measured pacing, and a coherent plot.

I didn't hate The Kingdom of the Gods. Really, reading this book was kind of like visiting a good friend from middle school, but discovering she's gotten really into Scientology and it's all she wants
I must say that this is the best of all three.


He touched me just as much as he touched Shahar or Deka. And before you start going on about how that's nasty, I mean it entirely metaphorically! Gosh, you people. I was damn close to tears an unknowable number of times while reading this. It was special in a way that all deeply mythological tales can be special, even when they tear a hole in reality to let in the Maelstrom, borrow from so many sources, and yet manage to be fully creative and or
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this more as the conclusion of a trilogy than as a book in its own right. It is no secret that I am absolutely in love with N. K. Jemisin's writing and her brilliant imagination. This book is not exception to this; it is in parts brilliant, poignant, moving, and beautifully crafted; however, for me it did not work quite as well as the previous two books in this trilogy.

This time around we follow Sieh - a decision I was immediately in love with because as you can see in my reviews for The
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, fantasy, 10, 2012
I've just finished this and I find myself feeling very emotional about it in a way that I can't explain. It's not the "blown away" feeling I had at the end of The Broken Kingdoms; this is something quieter that's developing as I keep digesting what I've just read.

It started almost light and fun, totally appropriate for Sieh's nature but as - for reasons it took the whole book for us to understand - he matured and grew, the tone and strength of the story did too. I loved Sieh, I have from the beg
Apr 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ASHBASKHJDFKSHkj just bought on Kindle, about to start reading.


Book 3, here I come!


Edited to add review: 16th October 2011

I really, really wanted to like this book. Having established her incredible writing chops in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdoms, I expected to be wowed away by N.K. Jemisin in her trilogy's finale.

The verdict?

... eh.

I'll get the bad parts out of the way first. One thing different about The
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm torn because I think this is probably a 4 star book, as I list it, but I didn't LOVE it as much as the first two in this trilogy. I don't know why, maybe I just didn't love the characters as much, maybe the focus on the mortal people was not as interesting as how deep the relationships ran in the last two books. I almost wish this book had been about the three gods reuniting, but I dunno. Sieh is a fantastic character, and this was a really interesting direction to take him, I'm just on the ...more
mark monday
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-modern
The Kingdom of Gods is an excellent wrap-up to Jemison's trilogy and the strongest of the three books. As with the prior novels, this one is both self-contained and made all the more rich and resonant by reading its predecessors. And as with the preceding two books, the novel is a distinctly emotional experience. The centralization of child-god Sieh as this story's narrator and point of identification is key: Sieh is both child and a being who is billions of years old; he is both a sweetly, misc ...more
Nov 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked it. I enjoyed it. But not wholeheartedly. I had problems with this book, sort of the same problems I had with the whole series but crystallized more obviously in this last volume. I am going to try to explain it (and most likely fail at making any sense. But in case you really want to know what I thought of this here goes)

This series is all about major Gods (universe defining Gods), godlings and other assorted magical creatures interacting with humans in a particular universe. It´s a maj
Here are two seemingly contradictory statements regarding this book: 1) This book is the weakest in the series; and 2) It's a good ending for the series. I don't think these two statements actually contradict one another, but they'll give you a good idea of my mental state during and after reading this book.

I think this book had two things working against it that weren't quite overcome in the execution. First, it's the only one of the trilogy whose main character is not mortal*. The protagonist
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Kingdom of Gods in the final novel in the Inheritance trilogy, one I was anticipating greatly after reading and loving The Broken Kingdoms (and to a lesser extent, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms). In short, this is a strange and unconventional book/story, which does give it a certain originality and freshness, but is also slightly dissatisfying in the way it forgoes some of even the most basic writing principles.

My biggest problem with The Kingdom of Gods was that there never seemed to be one
Ranting Dragon
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephan, favorites

Many fantasy fans loved N. K. Jemisin’s The Hundred-Thousand Kingdoms. Yet, a lot of these readers were put off by The Broken Kingdoms being set a decade later with an entirely new protagonist. Indeed, The Broken Kingdoms almost seemed like a stand-alone novel set in the same world. Fortunately, it wasn’t so. The story in The Broken Kingdoms was spun forth from the events of The Hundred-Thousand Kingdoms, and while offering a new perspective, it couldn’t e
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Kingdom of Gods is the third book in N. K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy. Like the first two books it tells a complete story, although I think the background from the earlier books adds more depth that one wouldn’t get if they jumped straight to this book for some ungodly reason. If I were a godling, I’d be the godling of Reading Series Books in Consecutive Order. :)

The story is set several decades after the last book and the main character is a godling that we’ve met before, but he’s new as
Mayim de Vries
This book, both metaphorically and in a plot essence, is a clusterfuck. What the word!? Let me explain.

Just so you know, I did not finish reading it at about 70%, nor do I intend to do it. I can, however, give you a disgruntled summary of what you may expect. Warning, spoilers ahead!

Just like the first part of the Inheritance trilogy concentrated on the Dark Nahadoth and the second followed the footsteps of Bright Itempas, the finale takes Sieh as the focal point of a cosmic clusterfuck. That w
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Although it wasn't my favourite of the trilogy, I'm giving this one five stars because it just wrapped up the entire series beautifully. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the book - I did, very much! There are some breath-taking scenes in this, and the usual host of awesome characters. Sieh, our intrepid lead, is difficult to like but in the end so very winning. I'm so pleased I read this series! ...more
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Totally loved the way this one starts, hinting at the first two books!
”I tell you this so that you can relax. You’ll listen more closely if you aren’t flinching every other instant, waiting for the pratfall. (view spoiler) “I find such things d
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
It’s taken me almost three years to finally finish The Inheritance Trilogy Omnibus. As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, the previous books tied me up in emotional knots. This one? Not so much.

This book follows the godling, Sieh, son of the Three who created the world and all who live in it. Their love and their jealousy almost broke that very same world and killed many of their children. At the end of the Gods War, Sieh, his father Nahadoth, and several other godlings ended up trapped in mo
Matthew Quann
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Well, this is tough to review.

I'll get this out of the way: I liked The Kingdom of Gods and I thought it brought a pretty satisfying close to The Inheritance Trilogy. Sieh was an interesting choice of POV narrator, there was still a lot of charm of the world, and some of the newly introduced characters are compelling.

But you don't want to read about the good parts, and I certainly have no desire to rewrite praise for the aspects of the trilogy I enjoyed. If you are looking for that, please check
Flying Monkey
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
3 Stars!
Final book of the trilogy. I enjoyed The Kingdom of Gods, but didn't love it.
Ages ago, the world was created when the first god got lonely. Since then he created several other gods and godlings to keep him company, not least Sieh, the eldest of the godlings but perpetually a child. After a struggle between gods that left the world nearly destroyed, the one of the gods set up a single family of his descendants to be the rulers of the world. This family, the Arameri, ruled for thousands of years, with the other gods and godlings as their slaves. But no structure can remain ...more
N.K. Jemisin continues to impress me. Her novels are consistently beautiful, heartbreaking, tragic, intimate, and moving. The Kingdom of Gods is the final book in The Interitance Trilogy, shifting focus to Sieh, the God of Childhood. I always liked him in the previous books but I loved what Jemisin did with him here. How does a god handle mortality? Especially a god whose nature is childhood? What happens when he grows up?

The book is written in first person from his point of view and at times it
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, fantasy
It took me a long time to get round to reading this. I started and stopped a few times. I think mostly I just didn't want it to come to an end -- and I didn't want to know if something bad happened to a character I loved. N.K. Jemisin is not exactly gentle: Madding, anyone? The ending of The Broken Kingdoms?

Anyway, it turned out to be every bit as readable, well paced and absorbing as the other books. I fell totally in love with Deka from the beginning, and wavered desperately over Shahar, hopin
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
It absolutely breaks my heart to give this two stars because I loved the first two books in this trilogy so much. However, this last one didn't work as well for me. So, while I wouldn't necessarily direct anyone away from the third book I would certainly encourage a person to start with the first and not miss the second. They are truly wonderful. Even with my not liking this title as much as the others I'm still looking very much forward to Jemisin's next novel. ...more
Rating updated to 3.78 stars, review to come.
Cori Reed
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review is from my reread of the book in November 2015. 5 stars from my first read, heartily reaffirmed with this one.

Sieh, the eldest godling and the child God, befriends the twin brother and sister children of the ruler of the Arameri. Somehow this triggers a disastrous transformation rendering him mortal and aging. He remains bound to the brother and sister though and their complicated relationship plays out amid the consequences of the first two books in the series a few generations late
Simon Brading
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This book almost made it to four stars, but like the others in the series there was too much holding me back from enjoying it completely.
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Jemisin has so far proved herself able to catch my attention quickly, and hold it throughout her novel; her writing's engaging enough, full of voice and somehow reminiscent of oral tradition. She writes epic fantasy without the recycled-till-bone-dry quest structure, and her characters are full of...psychology, I guess; you can tell she put thought into the complexity of their relationships, even when they're not entirely likable.

That's one of my two core issues; none of the characters truly app
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
This last book was definitely my favourite of the trilogy. I liked the focus on Sieh exploring his mortality in the context of of his nature, which he understands very well. The story has clearly matured over the three books and Jemisin did a nice job of bringing everything full circle.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The writing in this book remains very good, but its length and plot were disappointing in the end, it felt like the author wanted to cram in too many characters and tie up too many loose ends for it to be workable. Also, the first person narrative, which worked so well in the preceding two novels, is more of an impediment here as the narrator is far less sympathetic or engaging.
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