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Kingdom of Gods by N. K. Jemisin

Kingdom of Gods (edition 2011)

by N. K. Jemisin

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Title:Kingdom of Gods
Authors:N. K. Jemisin
Info:Orbit (2011), Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, 2012

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Personally I think it's not N.K. Jemisin's best book so far. The fault lies purely with Sieh - the child-god and main character of the book. He is too volatile and too much of a child to interest me enough to care. I did not care and I got pretty bored with this book despite some good parts here and there. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
I am simply amazed by this last part of the "Inheritance" trilogy. Usually I try to start reading a book without any expectations - I have found that I enjoy it more that way. Unfortunately, though, before starting this one I have read reviews on Goodreads, mostly saying that this novel is the worst of the three, people finding it erratic and unstructured, not understanding what is happening at times. I was pleasantly surprised: this part I liked the most of all. Firstly, I found Sieh's mind fascinating, from the beginning until the end, growing up little by little along with him, seeing how he is changing, noticing the details - things that old Sieh would not do. Secondly, the story, the mystery around which the story develops seems more interesting, because it is more abstract, more emotional, though not so very mysterious - quite predictable. I agree that the novel might seem quite erratic, though definitely not in a bad way. This is something I keep admiring N.K. Jemisin for - I feel that she knows her characters completely, she has them figured out. The story is erratic, because the narrator is a spoiled, cruel, mischievous child, at heart at least, so if the story was more structured and less confusing, it would not be Sieh anymore, it would sound more like Yeine, Oree or Shahar. But it felt Sieh through and through. So, I simply loved it. Devoured it. Not trusting other opinions before forming my own again anytime soon. A book should be a mystery. ( )
  v_allery | Apr 19, 2015 |
The first two books in this series were good, but this one fell flat. The narrator was not believable, the plot was slow. Overall it felt like the author was scraping something together to add a third book. ( )
  RobinWebster | Nov 28, 2014 |
In the last book of the Trilogy you wouldn’t want to be a God or be worshipped by one as you follow the trials and tribulations of Sieh, child godling of the three warring Gods. Sturm und drang is the them of this book as we follow Sieh’s transformation from childish trickster to something no-one, not even Sieh could predict.
As we know in this milieu Gods are not perfect and can hold a grudge for aeons. The ramifications of the God’s war and Impetus’ downfall still reverberate throughout the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Combine this with the unforeseen affects of a chance encounter between two Arameri children and Sieh and nothing is what it seems. ( )
  Robert3167 | Nov 9, 2014 |
More god/human (or at least godling/human) sexual relationships and I'm still not sold on this being at all a good idea, but either Sieh's relative vulnerability or the fact that it was told from his point of view made it more palatable to me in this book than the other two.

(spoiler) The ending in which he and his partners are uplifted to godhood - as when Yeine likewise achieved apotheosis - in my view makes a future relationship less problematic (though not completely so, because the experience differential remains) but isn't something one should really depend on when starting an unequal relationship.

It has been great over the course of the trilogy to trace the course of the decline and fall of the Arameri Empire, hard as it may be at the end to see exactly what will replace it. It's the appeal of empire, faced with the gaping void of chaos. But humans make sense from chaos; the vacuum of power won't be a vacuum for long. The nascent civilisation(s) will develop, as will new injustices (though hopefully not as terrible ones).

The reaction at the fall of the tree didn't ring true to me. In real life I'd have expected more shellshock, more community banding together; less looting and mercantilism.

It continued to be frustrating when a character from a previous book was brought back and I knew I ought to remember them but couldn't, quite (not having read them back to back). I know an author is constrained sometimes by what a narrator thinks, but still, when the narrator recognises the character and obviously has an emotional reaction to their reappearance, it would be really good if they'd maybe remember-on-page a one-sentence, half-sentence reminder for the poor reader. ( )
  zeborah | Jun 16, 2014 |
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The incredible conclusion to the Inheritance Trilogy, from one of fantasy's most acclaimed stars.

For two thousand years the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the gods are free, and the Arameri's ruthless grip is slipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending war.

Shahar, last scion of the family, must choose her loyalties. She yearns to trust Sieh, the godling she loves. Yet her duty as Arameri heir is to uphold the family's interests, even if that means using and destroying everyone she cares for.

As long-suppressed rage and terrible new magics consume the world, the Maelstrom -- which even gods fear -- is summoned forth. Shahar and Sieh: mortal and god, lovers and enemies. Can they stand together against the chaos that threatens?

Includes a never before seen story set in the world of the Inheritance Trilogy.
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