Jul. 2nd, 2017

Book Review

Jul. 2nd, 2017 10:49 pm
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The Kingdom of Gods
by N.K. Jemisin

This last book in the Inheritance Trilogy begins several decades after The Broken Kingdoms, and is told from the godling Sieh's point of view. As the Arameri rule begins to weaken, Sieh returns to Sky, the place of his long enslavement. There he meets the two young Arameri heirs and makes a pact of friendship with them that has unexpected results that precipitate crises in both the Arameri and in Sieh himself.
The Kingdom of Gods was very good and an excellent ending to the trilogy. The plot is intricate and compelling, and the emotional depth and complexity is beautiful and at times wrenching. Nothing is simple or easy - not the characters, not the problems they face, not their relationships with each other. Jemisin takes on a lot of deeper themes - the nature of friendship, the nature and consequences of relationships between deities and mortals, revenge, forgiveness, and growing up. It was surprisingly moving and very rewarding.


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