The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
(The Inheritance Trilogy)

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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 strange homeless man on an impulse. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city. And Oree's guest is at the heart of it...

About N. K. Jemisin

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N.K. Jemisin is a career counselor, political blogger, and would-be gourmand living in New York City. She's been writing since the age of 10, although her early works will never see the light of day. Find out more about the author at
Published November 3, 2010 by Orbit. 422 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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The Broken Kingdoms is the second book of the Inheritance Trilogy, of which The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was the first.

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The ending for me suffered from being too drawn out, with three or four different points at which the book could have finished, and I think I'd have preferred any of the earlier points to the actual ending we get.

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There was a return of some characters in small bit parts throughout this book, and having that original book refreshed in my mind helped me appreciate these return visits all the more.

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Critical consensus deems The Broken Kingdoms even better than its predecessor--unusual for the middle book of a trilogy--and Jemisin, who had previously published short fiction, is poised to make a name for herself in fantasy circles (evidenced as well by Hugo and Nebula nominations).

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Short version: It's the story of the gods, not the mortals who get caught up in their world, and the individual narrator/protagonists in each book are just part of the larger story.) As anyone who read the first book will know, the three "original gods" had a complicated history, in which the god...

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They're more-or-less immortal beings with countless centuries of life experience, who view people—in the words of godling of childhood Sieh, at the start of The Kingdom of Gods (2011)—"like pets .

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The British Fantasy Society

And as for Shiny, well, readers of Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms won’t be surprised by the identity of Shiny, but what is a surprise is how sympathetic he becomes, to the point where some of the nicer characters from The Broken Kingdoms become unlikeable due to their treatment of him (w...

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