The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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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.
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I just loved this book and the characters, it was a wonderful well told story and i just couldn't put it down until i finished the very last page.Published on 1 May 2013 by Steph
I was really impressed with this book. It definitely lived up to the first. You are introduced to a completely different part of the world and yet the world still feels cohesive. Read morePublished on 11 April 2013 by M. Greenland
excellent item, arrived super quick and packaged well. no damage. brilliant book for fans of fantasy novels. very pleased with this purchase. also makes a great gift.Published on 28 July 2012 by Diddles
This book had a more promising start than its predecessor and a more sympathetic character, and up to the halfway point I would have said it was the better book. Read morePublished on 13 July 2011 by Irish reader
I was lucky enough to win an autographed copy of this book, in a second drawing of a giveaway (I'm very sorry for you, but thanks for not claiming your prize, first winner! Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2011 by jen7waters