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The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin
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Jul 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ebook, read-in-2011
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy series
Recommended for: fans of the series - this is NOT a book to start it with

** spoiler alert ** Yes, this worked for me. I really liked seeing the developments of things from the god side - Yeine had been thrown into the mix of the upset in the first volume from outside the Arameri camp, she had to cope with introducing the whole world to us and finding her way in there.

Oree as narrator of the second book had shown the human perspective - or let's say mortal perspective ^^ - as much as a blind woman can, and now Sieh is the oldest child of two of the Three, if I understand this correctly, and starts out as godling and older brother and personfication of the concept of childhood (and, because his childhood was always rather troubled, and the millenia-long slavery to the Arameri has not made it any better, - bully).

I don't know whom he is supposed to tell this story to, especially considering how this ends up - but what this is the resolution of the family drama of the Three - more or less - the consequences of the God's War and of Enefa's choices even more and of Sieh wanting love that concentrates on him only.

I found the manifold lost threads that were picked up quite amazing, and N.K. Jemisin tries to give every thread its due - which accounts for the length of the book - but I would have preferred this in two books, or even a trilogy itself:
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As always there are memorable side characters whom I want to know more about: Hymn, Sieh's sister Spider or the god of dreams (I wonder if that was a Sandman homage?).

I really enjoy the landscape Jemisin erects in my mind's eye - in the first we had floating Sky the palace, in the second we had the World Tree and Sky and bits of Shadow and in the third we have Echo (and I'm deeply appreciative of a loving sex scene which totally disregards shame or conventional morals) - really the pictures in my mind are like manga (maybe by the mangaka of Aria? or Kaoru Mori if she did fantasy?). And the concept of magic and gods power was really cool, as well.

I like the solution ^^(view spoiler)
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Reading Progress

July 16, 2011 – Shelved
October 30, 2011 – Started Reading
October 30, 2011 – Shelved as: ebook
October 31, 2011 –
page 200
32.63% "Well, I've already run into some red herrings, but that happened to me in the previous two books as well. However, I *THINK* I know what part of the trouble for Sieh may be. We shall see if I guessed correctly ^^"
November 1, 2011 –
page 320
52.2% "Well, as expected - it's getting more convoluted even as a few of my ponderings have been confirmed a lot has turned out differently. I am not suprised the ebook is so huge - even when considering the excerpt included - there is so much happening!"
November 2, 2011 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
November 2, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Jessica I want a whole book about Ahad and Glee! And would love to know more from Shahar's POV and more about Hymn and Spider and Nemmer and....

"really the pictures in my mind are like manga"
I was actually thinking in several places that I'd love to see the movie version of this! With costume designs by Eiko Ishioka (RIP).

Estara Oh, I have to look that person up, haven't heard of them before.

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