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  • Series: Dreamblood (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316187282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316187282
  • ASIN: 0316187283
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"[A] gripping series launch... as well as a rousing political and supernatural adventure."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Shines for its remarkable characters and graceful prose."—Library Journal

"In The Killing Moon, Jemisin displays her usual skill at portraying a world whose contours seem simple at first but which quickly break down into something much more complex and dissonant. The world is so fully fleshed out that I could breathe its spices, while the story and characters are so much a part of the world that you could not pull this story or these people out and plug them into a different setting. Jemisin proves yet again that she is one of the important new writers in the sff scene."—Kate Elliott, author of Cold Fire, on The Killing Moon.

"An engaging and fast-paced read with some truly excellent and complicated worldbuilding, The Killing Moon is the first of two planned books. Ehiru and Nijiri are complicated and interesting characters, and the way Jemisin slowly reveals the workings of their religion and what it means to be corrupt make for an absolutely fascinating read."—RT Book Reviews

"Ah N.K. Jemisin, you can do no wrong.... The blend of cultures and lore she draws on to make this very unique world is just stunning, and the fact that she inhabits it with such 3-dimensional characters is even more impressive.... If you want to get away from traditional fantasy world-building, but keep the compelling characters and deep lore, definitely pick this up!!"—Felicia Day

About the Author

N.K. Jemisin is a career counselor, political blogger, and would-be gourmand living in New York City. She's been writing since the age of 10, although her early works will never see the light of day. Find out more about the author at

More About the Author

N. K. Jemisin is an author living and writing in Brooklyn, NY. This is fortunate as she enjoys subways, tiny apartments, and long walks through city parks. Her short fiction has been published in a number of magazines and podcast markets, and has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula award. THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS and THE BROKEN KINGDOMS were also nominated for (collectively) the Hugo, the Nebula, the Tiptree, the Crawford, the Gemmell, the... hell, I lose track. I actually won the Locus Award for Best First Novel and the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award (twice). Blah blah blah, the usual.

Look, I like to write. In particular I like to write about ordinary people in extraordinary situations, preferrably in non-Earth worlds which nevertheless reflect our own concerns. By now I've published five novels, many short stories, and I'm currently working on my next trilogy. I'll occasionally talk about that here, and also my cat.

If you really like what I have to say and want to hear more, feel free to check out my author blog at .

Oh, and buy my book!

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If you like stories about diverse cultures, politics, power plays, magic, history, along with an extremely good epic fantasy, then this is the book for you.
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You fall in love with the characters and even the bad guys have their moments.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Waterhouse on May 3, 2012
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In a city where the soul is both a traveler and a commodity, death has a different meaning.

Each night, the Gatherers go out. They visit the dying, the incurable, the aged, the insane, the corrupt. The souls they gather are nestled into a good place in the dreaming world forever. The dreamblood they gather is returned to the temple for the healing of others. Children with the dreaming gift who do not join the priesthood go mad.

In principle, this is very idyllic. No one drowns in their own lungs: they get a good death. The ill are healed, the mad are contained, crime is non-existent. Peace, perfect peace. In practice, however, the checks and balances are weak. Dreamblood is necessary/addictive to the Gatherers. There are hidden political currents using the power of the priests.

This is the story of the Gatherer Ehiru, his apprentice Nijiri, and the outland woman Sinandi, and how together they are all working toward peace, against steep odds. It's a heroic story, full of wit and strong will and deep, compassionate love.

I was deeply drawn to Ehiru's faith and dedication. He is the ideal of believers, steadfast and yet willing to listen, and performing his tasks out of love and service. Nijiri also has love and service, but in his case it's a toss-up of whether he loves his goddess or his mentor more. The end result is the same. Sinandi is a spymaster, a poised and competent woman protecting her country.

Worldbuilding has always been one of Jemisin's strong suits, and this book is a great example. Although I recognized some of the sources, she wove the whole into an intact and beautiful maze for our characters to grope through. The setting, the gods, the religion, all top-notch.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Regina on May 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Killing Moon is the first in a new epic fantasy series by the author of the The Inheritance Trilogy, N. K. Jemisin. Jemisin has said that The Killing Moon is her "homage to epic fantasy -- as opposed to the Inheritance Trilogy, which was more my eyeroll at epic fantasy". This book hit me hard and stole me away from reality, completely. I was not expecting it. I had read great things about the Inheritance Trilogy, which I really need to read (I now fully understand that I really need to read it) and I thought understood that Ms. Jemisin is forging a new path for fantasy. But I actually really didn't know or understand. This is new, unique and just different.

The Killing Moon starts off slowly. There is world building to be accomplished and each chapter begins with a quote from the main culture's (in The Killing Moon) religious text. There are three characters introduced and Jemisin takes her time in fully drawing these characters and presenting them to the readers. Jemisin has time, the book is 448 pages and the first in a new series. So, the first 20 percent of the book involves story set up. The world is intricate, the religion and operating belief system is very unique. Thus, the slow build. Don't worry, there is some action and the book comes with a glossary. But once I was enmeshed in the story, I was hooked and did not want to put it down. Be prepared, like many fantasy stories it is slow in the beginning so readers need to be committed. What I was not ready for was an emotional ride and in-depth scenes between characters that were raw and dripping with emotion. The last 20% is non-stop action, but not the kind of action you can fast forward or skim your way through (which I admit to doing in action movies and many fantasy novels).
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kyle West on December 31, 2012
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First off, I read lots of science fiction and fantasy. I love the setting and world of The Killing Moon. Even today, you don't find much fantasy that isn't based off some variant of medieval Europe, which I think is kind of sad. Jemisin bases her world largely of ancient Egypt and Nubia, and has a very unique magic system that is based off dreams. In Jemisin's world, dreams carry mystical powers that can be harvested by Gatherers, which are kind of like the secret police/spies/assassins of the city that the book takes place in. It is a little confusing at first, but the magic system and politics and strange names become easier to keep up with by the middle of the book, if you're willing to give it that long.

Though the world Jemisin builds is very fascinating, I'm a little sad a map wasn't provided. I love maps, and I think any fantasy book that deals a lot with politics, empires, and a sprawling world should include one. The concept that the main world is actually a moon orbiting a large planet is very intriguing (at least, that's what I surmised from the book). However, I don't remember if the moon was named or not.

While the world-building and magic system are fascinating, I think the plot leaves a little to be desired. It drags in places and I had to put the book down several times before picking it up again. It was hard for me to get invested in any of the characters. None of them seem to have any agency for themselves, but blindly obey the powers above them. The main characters, Ehiru and Nijiri, were a bit one-dimensional.

I felt like at points Jemisin had a hard time deciding whether to write fast-paced genre fiction or something more literary. It swung back and forth between the two like a pendulum.
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