Image of The Broken Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy)


Image of The Broken Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy)

The second in Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy takes place ten years after the first, but is intimately connected with it. Told from Oree’s point of view, the narrative voice is authoritative and original — this is a book that readers won’t be able to put down. The way Oree stands up for not only herself but for those she loves is an amazing display of courage in a world that doesn’t always reward such behavior. A magnificent novel and one of the best books this reviewer has read this year.

Oree Shosh, a blind artist living in the city of Shadow, works in the shade of the world tree which grew in the aftermath of the great release of magic ten years before. She makes her living selling knick-knacks to the tourists, saving her real art, her painting, for herself, in the privacy of her home. When Oree takes in a homeless man she finds in a muckbin, she sets in motion a chain of events that begins with the public murder of a godling and culminates in the loss of everything and everyone she holds dear, except for herself. (ORBIT, Nov., 416 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs