THE SHADOWED SUN
The second book of the Dreamblood series is even better than the first, with two utterly compelling primary characters and a strong supporting cast. Jemisin excels at worldbuilding and the inclusion of a diverse mix of characters makes her settings feel even more real and vivid. This book addresses colonialism and religious upheaval as well as sexual abuse and its cost to both individuals and society.
After 10 years under the imperial rule of the Kisuati Protectorate, Gujaareh, the city of dreams, is restless. Kisuati soldiers commit violence against the citizens of Gujaareh and the Hetawa can do little but watch and quietly work to restore Hananja’s Peace to her city. Hanani, the only woman ever allowed to join the priesthood, is under interdict after a healing leads to the death of an acolyte and a tithebearer — a terrible nightmare is spreading through the city, killing all it infects. Hanani is sent to the desert home of the Banbarra tribe where she meets Wanahomen, exiled Prince of Gujaareh. Hanani and Wanahomen must figure out how to save Gujaareh — not only from the Kisuati but from the Wild Dreamer, whose nightmare threatens to destroy the city. (ORBIT, Jun., 528 pp., $14.99)