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The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2011

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Reissue edition (Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316043958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316043953
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 938,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The very best kind of sequel: as lush and evocative and true as the first, with all the same sense of mystery, giving us the world and characters we already love, and yet with a new story and a wonderfully new perspective on the whole dazzling world and pantheon the author has built."
- Naomi Novik
"This is a book that readers won't be able to put down...A magnificent novel and one of the best books this reviewer has read this year." - "Romantic Times "(4-1/2 Stars)
"Returning fans will especially appreciate certain details, but this novel stands on its own and is worth reading purely for its own strengths." - "Publishers Weekly "(Starred Review)
..".The key is just to tell a great, exciting, engaging story that keeps you turning pages long past your bedtime. And Jemisin has definitely done that here." - io9.com
"Jemisin's talent as a storyteller should make her one of the fantasy authors to watch in the coming years." - "Library Journal" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The saga of mortals and immortals continues in this spectacular and highly original fantasy epic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I am a dedicated fantasy addict. And am addicted to (and probably overdosing on) Jemisin. I'm not a literary buff; I don't understand how the magic of a book works or even how to eloquently explain the power they have and I most certainly am not a literature critic. I just know what I like and I know what works for me. And every single one of Jemisin's books has worked for me. She'll break your heart (she did mine at least once in every book), she'll deliver tragedy mercilessly (I screamed at her for that) and she'll leave you wanting more (I most definitely do).

If you try this book for nothing else, try it for Jemisin's imagination. It is, without a doubt, out of this world. And I know that this is what any decent fantasy reader wants, but, honestly, it's like nothing I've ever come across before. It's close to so much, and then so far removed. It's weird beyond explanation, but so familiar. I loved it.

If you need another reason, then read it because of HOW it is written. Jemisin is a genius; the story is intricate and subtle and then so blindingly obvious that you wonder how you missed it. She doesn't give you more than you need to work it out yourself, but she keeps you guessing and pulls you along. Sometimes it's confusing, but that's the fun of it. It's only confusing because you're not thinking right.

A third reason (if you're not convinced or at least curious enough already) is that this book, in my opinion, is her best. Not because her other books aren't as good, or because this one has anything more than they do, but because, for some unknown reason, I stopped eating and sleeping for this book. It consumed me. Luckily, I'm just a hapless student so it didn't ruin my life or anything ridiculous like that. But this is what I do; if I love a book, I fall in.
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At first I was confused by this blind girl who could see. then it made sense. I enjoyed the mix of characters and how I wanted to abhor some although relishing the honesty of their nature. It tore at my heart in places and I don't doubt a few would weep over the same bits. But it had me hooked. I love the mix of sexual tension, gore, ruthless imagination and contradictions. Very much looking forward to more.
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I think this might be my favourite book in the trilogy. It follows Sieh, my favourite character from the series, and really had me in the 'just one more chapter' phase night after night.

I won't go into detail, as it will probably contain spoilers, but this book is unique, well written, and has a good, flowing structure that makes it easy and engaging.

5 stars.
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As far as sequels go they are usually hit or miss, I fell in love with The Hundred-Thousand Kingdoms and I wanted more, more of that world and more of those characters so of course I bought the sequel but I was apprehensive at first because the sequel focused on different characters instead and I was not sure if I would enjoy it as much. Of course I was wrong, as with the first I just could not put this book down I had to keep going and going until I had finally finished it, I was hooked with every page, each new development and twist was an excellent addition and I never found it too grating or forced and though I did predict the ending it was only over halfway through the book and I would not call any of the rest of the plot predictable.

This sequel is told from the eyes of blind commoner Oree, a painter who is more than a little extraordinary, she can see magic whilst others can not and she can see godlings as they are, in fact in many ways Oree is the only one who is not blind. She is an amusing, tough lead, less naive than Yeine with a lot of admirable determination and toughness. Yet she has her weaknesses and that is what makes her character believable and likeable, she is a realistic heroine, she has strengths and flaws and yet she always manages to deal with everything thrown her way.

Oree's life goes from mundane to dangerous with the arrival of Shiny, a strange silent man with an odd talent, his strange gifts draw unwarranted attention to him and to Oree and in turn her own strangeness starts to become exposed but it's hard to tell who is the real enemy here in a world of characters that wear many guises.
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N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was one of the first books I bought due to reading a review blog and in fact it was one of my top ten books for 2010 (even if I only gave my top five on the blog). I adored Yeine and the world Jemisin created, and I even had a slight book crush on Nahadoth. So I was excited to get my hands on The Broken Kingdoms as soon as it was published. And then... I've no clue what happened, but for some reason it stayed on the to read-pile instead of me snapping it up and reading it immediately. So when the publication date for the final book in the trilogy, Kingdom of Gods, neared I thought it would be a good idea to read The Broken Kingdoms and get some attention for it and the Inheritance trilogy, especially as the author had said that The Broken Kingdoms only had about a third of the reviews the The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms did. So here we are. Did I love The Broken Kingdoms as much as I did its predecessor? Yes, yes I did.

I love Jemisin's voice, it's very recognisable, not just in her books, but in her short stories as well. I've read or listened to a number of them and they all have that voice, even though their subjects are wildly dissimilar. It's hard to pinpoint what it is exactly, this voice, but to me it's a feeling of warmth, of being there in the now with the protagonists, even if the subject of the story is an unhappy one, such as Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters - I heard it as a Podcastle episode - which deals with a man living in New Orleans in the midst of Hurricane Katrina. Whatever it is exactly, it is uniquely Jemisin and it completely works for me.

The Broken Kingdoms has this voice in spades and it's delivered through the mouth of its protagonist and narrator Oree.
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