The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin

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The city burned beneath the Dreaming Moon.

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers - the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt.

But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh's great temple, Ehiru - the most famous of the city's Gatherers - must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess' name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh's alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill - or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic.
Dreamblood DuologyThe Killing MoonThe Shadowed Sun
For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:
The Inheritance Trilogy The Hundred Thousand KingdomsThe Broken KingdomsThe Kingdom of Gods
The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition) Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction) The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)
The Broken Earth series The Fifth Season

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 May 1, 2012 by Orbit. 442 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Shaken, Ehiru finds he can no longer function as a Gatherer and goes into seclusion, watched over by his young apprentice, Nijiri—until Ehiru receives orders to kill Sunandi Jeh Kalawe, the "corrupt" ambassador from neighboring Kisua.

Feb 20 2012 | Read Full Review of The Killing Moon (Dreamblood)

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only after encountering Sunandi, a foreign spy who is far less naïve about Gujaareh’s “mad bitch” goddess and her unscrupulous worshippers, does Ehiru begin to glimpse the rot that extends up to the pinnacle of Gujaareh’s social pyramid.

Mar 05 2012 | Read Full Review of The Killing Moon (Dreamblood)

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“. . . an addicting read.

May 01 2012 | Read Full Review of The Killing Moon (Dreamblood)

The Bookbag

Jemisin's also an incredibly skilful writer and while the decision to set the book in this kind of world rather than one influenced by the more usual European culture does, as I mentioned above, make it slightly harder to get into, it also means it really stands out from most books in this genre.

May 25 2012 | Read Full Review of The Killing Moon (Dreamblood)

City Book Review

The Killing Moon by N K Jemisin is the first of two books set in a new fantasy world—the next is published almost immediately, making the wait mercifully short—in which a few carefully trained and religiously devout individuals can become Gatherers.

Aug 10 2012 | Read Full Review of The Killing Moon (Dreamblood)

The Ranting Dragon

While, as I stated above, the themes of The Killing Moon are more mainstream than other elements of this story—The Killing Moon is an epic about a war between two nations—Jemisin wouldn’t be Jemisin if these themes didn’t run deeper than they appear at first glance.

Jan 04 2013 | Read Full Review of The Killing Moon (Dreamblood)

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