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The Killing Moon: Dreamblood: Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

N. K. Jemisin
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Lush, sensual and enjoyably convoluted (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH )

Richly imagined and executed with panache (SUNDAY TIMES )

Jemisin's gripping series launch immerses readers in an unfamiliar but enthralling world as well as a rousing political and supernatural adventure. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY )

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Lush, sensual and enjoyably convoluted (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH )

Jemisin's gripping series launch immerses readers in an unfamiliar but enthralling world as well as a rousing political and supernatural adventure. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 534 KB
  • Print Length: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NMTIHO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.2 out of 5 stars
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different and enjoyable epic fantasy 15 May 2012
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
In the city-state of Gujaareh, power is split between the ruling Prince and the priests of the dream goddess Hananja. The priests have magic based on the power of dreams, with which they can heal the sick. One sect, the Gatherers, is dedicated to helping people peacefully pass over when their time has come. However, when the Gatherer Ehiru discovers he has been manipulated into trying to kill an innocent, he realises that Gujaareh is threatened by a conspiracy lurking at the very heart of the nation.

The Killing Moon is the first novel in the Dreamblood duology, the latest work from N.K. Jemisin (the author of the Inheritance Trilogy, which I have not yet read). It's an epic fantasy, but one that proudly discards the limitations of a Medieval European setting. Gujaareh is inspired by the legends and mythology of ancient Egypt, although it is not a carbon copy (there are no pyramids, sphinxes or mummies), and the novel draws upon Carl Jung's ideas about the collective unconscious to provide its unique magic system.

The setting is vividly described. The planet Gujaareh is located upon is a moon circling a gas giant (the 'Killing Moon' of the title is actually the gas giant, although confusingly the cover art depicts a red-coloured version of our moon) which makes for an interesting day/night cycle. This feeds into the power of night, sleep and dreams which provides the book with its spine. Gujaareh itself is a compelling location, built to withstand annual floods and with a complex mixture of native and foreign influences: like ancient Egypt, Gujaareh is not a monolithic state, but one where people from across the world can be found, trading or negotiating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Palace of Dreams 23 May 2012
By Quicksilver TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I was put on to 'The Killing Moon' by a glowing review on a fantasy review blog. The reviewer made the book seem so great and so innovative, it was impossible not to read and see why he'd waxed so lyrical.

For the first hundred pages I thought I'd made a terrible mistake. Much is made in fantasy circles about Jemisin's desire to break from traditional fantasy conventions, most notably moving away from a setting based on medieval Europe. For 'The Killing Moon' the basis for the setting is, apparently, ancient Egypt. I didn't particularly pick up on the Egyptian references, but definitely felt a middle eastern flavour through the novel's descriptions of art, culture and religion. Whether it was because the setting took me out of my comfort zone (there's a reason most fantasy is set where it is; because the readers like it), or because Jemisin tried to accomplish too much too quickly, I'm not sure, but I found the opening chapters stilted and hard to follow.

The magic and religion of 'The Killing Moon' are innovative, being based on dreams. The novel follows (in part) a pair of 'Gatherers' who can enter people's dreams and draw out their life-force, sending them happily into the next world. To be gathered is considered a religious honour in the nation of Gujaareh, but an abomination by neighbouring Kisua. The Gatherers are one of the four religious disciplines that form the backbone of Gujaareh society, and have a strict code of honour regarding worship of the 'Goddess'. Alongside the church, Gujaareh is ruled by a Prince; who in the tradition of a many middle-eastern rulers, has hundreds of wives and murdered all his relatives on the way to the throne.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking new series from this wonderful author 8 May 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Having fallen for NK's writing style in her previous series, I was more than interested to see what she'd come up with in a new saga altogether. After all following on from a successful story is not only a daunting prospect for the author but for the reader who will unscrupulously compare the two to check that the qualities that they fell in love with are within this latest release.

What NK does is bring together the elements that won her the fans in the first together with wonderful world building. The characters are fully rounded, the pace is solid and when added to her overall arc alongside wonderful use of prose, makes this a new title that readers will find hard to put down. If you're in doubt about diving in, borrow from your local library and you too will soon see the magic that brought many readers in has quickly bent you to its will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and fascinating 26 Nov 2012
By Beanie Luck Spud TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If you love fantasy like i do, then you can get increasingly frustrated by the drivel that gets released that people have the audacity to call fantasy.

This however fills all of my expectations and more.

Based on Egyptian mythology, i connected with the story right away.

In some aspects it reminded me of stars wars and especially tatooine, i am not sure why, i think it was the desert planet and the fact that it revolved around a gas giant, again not sure why but this thought stuck in my mind, and if im honest kinda made the whole thing make more sense in my head.

I am happily purchasing the next in the series : The Shadowed Sun: Dreamblood: Book 2 and will also be purchasing book 3 when it becomes available.

I recommended this book to both my brothers who are huge fantasy fans and they both loved it as well.

Worth the purchase !!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Verging on true brilliance
In some ways The Killing Moon is one of the most original and startlingly compelling fantasy novels I've read in the last ten years. N. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Belochka
4.0 out of 5 stars Something a bit different
Ehiru is a gatherer in the ancient city of Gujaareh, a man trained to enter the dreams of others and harvest dreamblood, which is then used to maintain peace in the city and cure... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, from a good author
I'd never read anything by this author before, which meant my expectations for this book were nil (unlike NK's many very enthusiastic fans here!). Read more
Published 16 months ago by Catriona Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Different!
Here's an author I hadn't stumbled across before -and what a find! The story begins oddly/grippingly, and continued to be 'unputdownable' all the way through. Read more
Published 17 months ago by E. P. Lowis
5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and evocative; dark magical fantasy
"The Killing Moon" by acclaimed American novelist, Nora K Jemisin, is an incredible blend of ideas, marrying Jungian dream theory and religio-magical practice, with an imaginary... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Steve Benner
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad.
N.K. Jemisin introduces this novel by letting the reader know that they have chosen to base her fantasy world on Ancient Egypt. Laudable, I think. Read more
Published 19 months ago by R. Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, absorbing and intreguing
I love this book. I only wish the author had also incuded a guide on how to pronounce the names. It is an interesting premise, harvesting dreams as a source of magic. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. M. L. Cawood-campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable if you persevere
I thoroughly enjoyed N. K. Jemisin's The Killing Moon. I wouldn't call it a great book, but it is a great read nonetheless. It's a clever book, well written, conceived and paced. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Otherkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy and Madness redeemed by Love
The city-state Gujaareh worships Hananja, the goddess of dreams. Here peace reigns and brings with it prosperity. Read more
Published 23 months ago by H. Ashford
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the ordinary
I must admit that I had very few expectations for this title, and for the following reasons; despite being an avid fantasy reader, this author was not known to me and despite the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Fantasy Lore
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