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The Broken Kingdoms | [N. K. Jemisin]

The Broken Kingdoms

The gods have broken free after centuries of slavery, and the world holds its breath, fearing their vengeance. The saga of mortals and immortals continues in The Broken Kingdoms. In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living sun to her strange sight. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy.
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The gods have broken free after centuries of slavery, and the world holds its breath, fearing their vengeance. The saga of mortals and immortals continues in The Broken Kingdoms. In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living sun to her strange sight.

This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy.

Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city. Oree's peculiar guest is at the heart of it, his presence putting her in mortal danger - but is it him the killers want, or Oree? And is the earthly power of the Arameri king their ultimate goal, or have they set their sights on the Lord of Night himself?

©2010 N.K. Jemisin (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Laurene New York 11-24-10
    Laurene New York 11-24-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Very enjoyable new epic fantasy"

    This series is set in an invented world in which gods and their offspring walk or live among human beings, something like Greek mythology. There is something very fresh about Jemisin's approach to the genre. In this book, the narrator is a blind street artist who is only able to see magic, which she perceives as glowing light, or her own paintings. A narrator who can't see most of the action makes for a challenging portal through which to explore a strange world, but the author makes it work, playing off the tension between what Ori can't perceive and the heightened perceptions of her other senses. Also she's vulnerable, a very humble, down-to-earth person, so she also "sees" the social order of the novel from a perspective that all the more powerful characters cannot. This one is not in the least predictable. The narrator occasionally seems to be in over her head, but mostly does fine. I frequently found myself lingering over chores and even extending my gym workouts because I was so eager to hear what happened next.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 12-01-10
    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2005
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    "This has become a new favorite."

    I enjoyed this more than the first book of the trilogy, Looking forward to the third book!

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    John Denver, Colorado, United States 04-02-14
    John Denver, Colorado, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Really, really good"

    I have no regrets for reading this book. The author does a good job (as far as I, a non blind person can tell) of portraying a set of experiences from a blind person's perspective. You have to read it after the first book, but that's not such a bad thing. I'll probably listen to it again down the road. Another thing: the narrator adds a lot to the book. I highly suggest you pick this up.

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    Cristina Rockford, IL, United States 02-03-14
    Cristina Rockford, IL, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A Thoroughly Enjoyable Tale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. The world-building within the novel is excellent. It is a standalone book within the series (as all three of the novels are, I have heard) so you don't have to read its predecessor to know what's going on. The romance is subtle most of the time, but it's believable and enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot is intricately woven at parts. The characters grow and change in believable ways. I began the novel heavily disliking one character for many reasons, but two-thirds of the way through, I learned to understand him and he became one of my favorite characters. There's such a depth to the story that you feel like you need time between listens to unravel what's going on.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly enjoyed the voices that Casaundra Freeman gave the characters. Some male characters had similar voices to each other, but every important character had an easily distinguishable, believable voice. Her narration style perfectly fits the first person narration style of the main character Oree.

    My one recommendation to future listeners is to look up the names of the most important characters within the novel while listening to the audiobook. A few names were difficult to understand because of their fantasy nature until I saw them in writing.

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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 06-11-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 06-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Exciting Sequel"

    This book is full of action, interesting ideas, and further explores the world first shown to us in the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. In that book a lot of things changed, and here is a view from outside of the noble houses.

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    Judith 08-09-12
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    "Inheritance Trilogy"
    Would you listen to The Broken Kingdoms again? Why?

    Yes, I would. I think the story is complex enough to warrant re-reading. The world is interesting as an extension of the previous: Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and their changes.


    Have you listened to any of Casaundra Freeman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not to my knowledge.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I felt a quiet enjoyment as the story unfolded. And I appreciated the ending.


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