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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356500764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356500768
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The start of an exquisite and gripping new fantasy duology from the critically acclaimed author of THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS

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By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 May 2012
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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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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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jun. 2012
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A work of fantasy that is a little different from the norm. No elves or dragons in medieval style kingdoms here. Instead we are in another world that has a lot of the same style as ancient Egypt.

There's magic in this world. And that's all in dreams. There's a group of people called Gatherers, who take the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal. And kill bad people.

But when one gatherer finds a kill doesn't go as he expected, he is caught up in a conspiracy. Dark forces have been unleashed. He and his acolyte plus a mysterious lady are caught up in the middle. Can they save the day?

The book runs for four hundred and four pages of story, and is divided into forty chapters plus an epilogue. It also has a glossary, and brief notes from the writer at the front and back. Plus an interview with them at the end.

The setting is original. The writing is clever. But it takes a very long time to get going and the opening chapters really don't grab as much as you might hope. Whilst the main characters are all quite three dimensional there isn't really much to them as individuals, so they don't grab as much as you might hope either.

However beyond the halfway point the main plot does start to become interesting, and slowly the book does grab you more than it did before.

It is pretty much self contained. There is another volume in this story The Shadowed Sun: Dreamblood: Book 2 though, and you can find a short section from that at the end of this.

There is a lot to admire about this, both in writing and world building, but it's perhaps more a book to be admired than enjoyed. The writer is clearly an original talent though so I may just try more of their work in due course.
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I really really liked this book, it was such a different kind of fantasy book and I was so glad it was set in a realm that wasn't medieval europe- it had some great concepts and interesting characters. The woman character was severely underdeveloped but I guess the writer didn't have time; the villain was brilliant and I really liked this book. I will be reading more from this writer.
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A fantasy story steps which away from the same old same old simplified-European medieval-setting cliches. In so far as the imagined world has a basis in reality it would be in ancient Egypt and Nubia. The idea of being able to syphon power from dreams and then use it for healing (and some other purposes)is refreshingly new too. The story concerns a religious order tasked with "Gathering" - ensuring that souls depart safely at the natural end of life, or as euthanasia, or as a penalty for corruption. The Gathers' sense of the rightness of their mission, and the alternative view that they are killers is well handled, with understanding of both sides. Then there is a conspiracy, and plenty of excitement and suspense.
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