THE KINGDOM OF GODS
The third and final volume in Jemisin’s stellar Inheritance Trilogy is a fine conclusion. Beautifully written and densely plotted with interestingly complicated characters, readers will enjoy finding out more about the trickster godling of childhood Sieh and his mortal friends.
The Arameri family has ruled over the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms for the last 2,000 years — most of that time deriving their power from the enslaved gods compelled to do their bidding. Now, 100 years after the gods gained their freedom, the kingdoms stand on the precipice of war. Shahar, the young heir to the empire, is torn between her affection for the godling Sieh and her family’s interests. Meanwhile, Sieh has his own problems. His nature is childhood and trickery and he is aging and increasingly bound to one form. On top of that, the maelstrom from which all the gods sprang has been summoned — and threatens to destroy the world. (ORBIT, Nov., 624 pp., $13.99)