Read Along Week 4: Kingdom of the Gods by NK Jemisin

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It’s hard to believe… but somehow we’ve made it to the end of the read-along, but I’ve been happy every step of the way. There couldn’t possibly be better blogs to do this with, and it’s made me realize how much I personally love reading with other people and talking about characters, possible plots, and everything under the sun. So lastly, don’t read ahead if you haven’t finished this trilogy.. because folks, it’s a shocker.

1. How do you feel about they way the relationship between Sieh, Deka and Shahar developed? How might this affect them as the Three of a new realm?

I was a little shocked when this happened.. but it made me happy to see the relationship between the new Three develop. But it kind of freakily reminded me also of the relationship between Itempas, Nahadoth and Yeine. Not in that there were perfect parallels, but sort of that there was a point where they were one, but I think the line between siblings and love in this books gets crossed when it comes to gods. But… how do you reconcile having been siblings before as with Deka and Shahar. I think that Sieh will be fine, but I see similar breakouts with Deka and Shahar over or about Sieh that sort of parallel Itempas and Nahadoth.

2. The series as a whole and this novel in particular is full of parents, and child-parent relationships often play major roles in the plot and characterisation. Is there anything that stood out for you? Any other thoughts on the theme? 

Wow… there are so many answers. I suppose the first thing to say is just that the books really bring the different idea of parents to the forefront. There are parents like the Three to all of the demigods…and you wonder about how much they really love them. But then there are people like Deka and Shahar’s mother, who really came through in the end… and ultimately the real question of Kahl and Sieh. What stood out for me was that there are lots of different parents, and there are lots of different ways for them to interact with their children: but the way that it ends up being will be partially the responsibility of the parent – because they play a larger role than perhaps they think.

3. Can you sympathise at all with Kahl’s desire for revenge or was it just too insane?

Ehhh, maybe I should – but I’m coldhearted. Too insane for me, if you want to be power-hungry, go run a mafia or something.

4. “Nature is cycles, patterns, repetition.” What do you think of the way this idea plays into the plot and worldbuilding?

I think the whole ‘patterns’ and repetition thing is super interesting because it plays into the three books so perfectly. You see the Three have come from nowhere and that everything in the world that we see is attributed to them – but then at the end of the book, in this new universe, that will also be the case for this new world. So how can we be sure of where the Three in the normal universe came to be. Nature, and worldbuilding keeps repeating, keeps coming out of the something that is created in what already exists.

5. Are you satisfied with the way everything turned out?

Absolutely. I’m a bit sad that probably Sieh won’t ever see his parents again (which might be a good thing), and even though I’m very glad he won’t have to be alone again… I sympathise because he was learning things, about why people are worthwhile and what happens when you do grow up.. so I suppose I’m sad. But the end of the books is kind of like the ending of a childhood in some ways, we watched the new Three form in the first book, and we watched them grow and punish one of their own in the second.. and we watched someone we had only seen as a child become something more. What more can you ask for?

6. Now that we’ve finished the series, what do you think of it as a whole? How does The Kingdom of Gods compare to the first two books?

Well of course I’m a big fan of the first one forever and always, this one was pretty fantastic. I’m still going to say that the first book is my favorite, because there was political intrigue and I’m such a big fan of that – but second and third: DAMN NK JEMISIN, you are SO spot on.
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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Lauren says:

    1. I suppose Shahar and Deka will adjust to godhood the way Yeine is. She’s changed a lot, but she still does things like dust off her clothes or adjust her hair when she could just use magic. Sex for the gods is probably nothing like human sex, so in time the idea of incest will be meaningless to them.

    3. LOL!

    5. I also thought it was sad that Sieh will never see his parents, or any of his brothers and sisters again. Even though he’s not alone, it still seems tragic.

    6. The first one remains my favourite too. I think maybe it’s sentimental attachment because book 2 is pretty damn awesome in so many ways. This one is good, but it disappointed me in some ways too.

  2. nrlymrtl says:

    I agree with you about Shahar and Deka having a little trouble shifting their relationship from human siblings to that as a trinity of gods. Throughout this series we have seen fluidness in sexuality – both in choosing partners and in genders. I think it will take Shahar especially a little time to get use to this.

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series too. I had a hard time picking which of the three is my favorite and I think I went with Book 3 in my write up….but now that I think of Books 1 & 2, it is so hard to say. Book 1 introduced me to a new wonderful and a new fantastic author, so I will always have a strong attraction to it. But Book 3 is great too, and I can see how Jemisin has grown as an author throughout the trilogy.

  3. tethyanbooks says:

    Now that you mention Sieh never seeing his parents again, it’s a bit sad that the Three won’t ever know that Sieh actually grew up and started his own universe. They think they failed as parents. Of all the godlings, though, I think that the godling of childhood was the first to grow up might have been pretty confusing for them!

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