Gujaareh, the city of dreams, suffers under the imperial rule of the Kisuati Protectorate. A city where the only law was peace now knows violence and oppression. And nightmares. A mysterious and deadly plague haunts the citizens of Gujaareh, dooming the infected to die screaming in their sleep. Trapped between dark dreams and cruel overlords, the people yearn to rise up - but Gujaareh has known peace for too long.
Someone must show them the way.
Hope lies with two outcasts: the first woman ever allowed to join the dream goddess' priesthood and an exiled prince who longs to reclaim his birthright. Together, they must resist the Kisuati occupation and uncover the source of the killing dreams...before Gujaareh is lost forever.
©2012 N. K. Jemsin (P)2012 Hachette Audio
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Just like the first book in the series, you have to patiently allow the world to develop. When you allow yourself to immerse in the culture, corrupt dream plot, and sociology of the world, you are rewarded by NK Jemisin's rich writing and superb storytelling. As always, embracing Jemisin's layered tale provides an excellent reward.
I really liked the first book better than this one because it had a greater sense of presence than this book. That said I did enjoy this book quite a bit. Start with The Killing Moon then continue to this book.
I really enjoyed this book, with the singular exception of the ending, which I cannot, of course, discuss. Without dropping too many spoilers (don't worry, lots of characters die) I can say that it was uncharacteristically, uncomfortably saccharine, for an author who I read precisely because she does *not* adhere to the usual guidelines schtick; with that singular exception, I really enjoyed this book.
I truly enjoy the way N.K. Jemisin writes. I am looking forward to her next book. I also enjoyed the narrator, who did an excellent job.
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