The Killing Moon: Dreamblood: Book 1 Paperback – 3 May 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Superb, original world-building, sympathetic characters with ambiguous motivation - very much the hallmarks of the NK Jemisin books I have read to date.Published 23 months ago by foodycat
I love being taken in by another world. an very much enjoyed this read. I look forward to reading more.Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on 9 Jan. 2014 by Belochka
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 morePublished on 12 Jun. 2013 by Sam
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 morePublished on 25 April 2013 by Cat R
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 morePublished on 6 Mar. 2013 by E. P. Lowis
"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 morePublished on 27 Jan. 2013 by Steve Benner
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 morePublished on 16 Jan. 2013 by R. Palmer
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 morePublished on 15 Jan. 2013 by Mr. M. L. Cawood-campbell