Book Review: The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Title: The Broken Kingdoms

Author: N.K. Jemisin

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Mythology

Publisher: Orbit

Published: November 3, 2010

Page Amount: 384 pages

Blurb From Goodreads: In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living sun to her strange sight. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city. 

Oree’s peculiar guest is at the heart of it, his presence putting her in mortal danger — but is it him the killers want, or Oree? And is the earthly power of the Arameri king their ultimate goal, or have they set their sights on the Lord of Night himself?

Why Read: Ultimately… for the read along a couple of months ago. It has also however been on my to-read list for quite some time. N.K. Jemisin has been flawlessly recommended to me many times by many different friends, so I took the plunge and I’m not sorry.

Review: Oh my gosh. Ok. I’m going to have to back up for a moment, because oh my gosh. This story was incredible. I’d hazard a guess to say it was better than the first book. I’m in love with the landscape, the characters and the way that small details are worked in from the first novel, but that even if you haven’t read that… you’ll make it through this one fine.

The main character, Oree Shoth is a great piece of work. I love, absolutely adore, that she is a blind woman, which makes her in our society, very weak and vulnerable. Not to say she isn’t vulnerable in the book, because she is, she’s also gifted with these strange powers we really don’t understand for a majority of the book. I love her sassiness and really her attitude towards life.

Her friend Shiny… let’s just say he has quite a lot to answer for and his punishment is no where near complete. But in any case, the story is fantastic, the ending… heart-wrenching, as per usual. I was blown away once again by the way the story was written and the carefulness that was obviously expended to make each and every sentence sing.

Rating: 4.9/5 Stars 

Review Coming Soon: How Paris Became Paris by Jon DeJean

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