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The Kingdom of Gods (The Inheritance Trilogy) [Paperback]

N. K. Jemisin
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Book Description

October 27, 2011 The Inheritance Trilogy (Book 3)
The incredible conclusion to the Inheritance Trilogy, from one of fantasy's most acclaimed stars.


For two thousand years the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the gods are free, and the Arameri's ruthless grip is slipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending war.

Shahar, last scion of the family, must choose her loyalties. She yearns to trust Sieh, the godling she loves. Yet her duty as Arameri heir is to uphold the family's interests, even if that means using and destroying everyone she cares for.

As long-suppressed rage and terrible new magics consume the world, the Maelstrom -- which even gods fear -- is summoned forth. Shahar and Sieh: mortal and god, lovers and enemies. Can they stand together against the chaos that threatens?


Includes a never before seen story set in the world of the Inheritance Trilogy.

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Praise for The Inheritance Trilogy:

"The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms... is an impressive debut, which revitalizes the trope of empires whose rulers have gods at their fingertips. --- io9.com

"Many books are good, some are great, but few are truly important. Add to this last category The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin's debut novel...In this reviewer's opinion, this is the must-read fantasy of the year." --- Bookpage

"The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin is a highly promising debut.... A similar blend of inventiveness, irreverence, and sophistication - along with sensuality - brings vivid life to the setting and other characters: human and otherwise....The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms definitely leaves me wanting more of this delightful new writer." --- Locus --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author whose short fiction and novels have been multiply nominated for the Hugo, the World Fantasy Award, and the Nebula, shortlisted for the Crawford and the Tiptree, and have won the Locus Award. Her website is nkjemisin.com.

Product Details

  • Series: The Inheritance Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (October 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316043931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316043939
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying conclusion October 22, 2011
By Sarah
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In reading other reviews of this book (mostly on GoodReads) I know that fan reaction to 'Kingdom of Gods' has been mixed. I happen to fall into the camp that absolutely loved it. For reference: I loved loved loved Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, was somewhat less taken with Broken Kingdoms (Itempas is not my favorite character, although I did feel more favorably towards him by the end of 'Kingdom of Gods'), and didn't know how I was going to react to this book.

The central character in this story is Sieh, the oldest of the godlings, the trickster, the perpetual child. Throughout this story, he is supported by Shahar and Dekarta, twin children of the Arameri ruler. While the back of the book may lead you to believe that Sieh and Shahar are the driving force of the story, Dekarta is just as important a character. Everything in this universe that N.K. Jemisin has created, after all, is driven by the number three. Yeine, Nahadoth, and Itempas also play important supporting roles, and the story begun in 'The Broken Kingdoms' is also carried forward.

I am hesitant to delve too deeply into the plot, as part of the joy of these books (for me) has been letting the story unfold in front of me, never quite sure what was going to happen next. One part of the premise, though, is that someone is targeting the Arameri royal family with a deadly new sort of magic, one that confounds the mortals, godlings, and Gods alike. This thread running through the story allows N.K. Jemisin to set the story in both the palace and the city below, building off of the foundations laid in the first two books.

For me, this was a very satisfying read. If you aren't a fan of Sieh, your mileage will almost certainly vary. But I really enjoyed it! And I felt it was a satisfying conclusion to one of my favorite fantasy series' in recent memory.
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's always nice reading a trilogy which progressively gets better, despite initial problems. I think Jemisin has achieved that with "The Kingdom of Gods". The plot is more deftly worked, and the mysteries that are set-up are better executed than previously, but there are still a number of issues I have with the writing. These issues mainly revolve around the execution of ideas, events, and story progression, rather than the content of those elements.

The story is written very well. The premise is interesting, but that isn't the real point or focus of the story, even though it acts as the centrepiece around which everything else moves. Events flow together quite well until the last 150 pages, and the last 100 pages in particular suffer. It's there that things begin to unravel a bit; until this point, we get a steady stream of information and story development, and the introduction and resolution of small mysteries. I think the pacing in the last section is too quick. Furthermore, it highlights a number of weaker elements in the rest of the story which I don't think have been fully developed, or which could have been more deeply foreshadowed. Everything makes sense, but it feels threadbare, and gets a bit lost in the rest of the story.

Also, if it weren't obvious by this point that this trilogy is focused mainly on the pantheon of gods here rather than the cultures, this book puts that notion to rest. I found this disappointing, but this all really comes down to personal taste. We don't get any more of the cultures than is necessary, and this is fine, but I thought it sometimes lead to unexplained societal phenomena which hurt the authenticity of the story.

I found Sieh's characterisation interesting, but not without flaws.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It pains me to give this such a low rating February 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
But I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way about it, confused about why this book was so jarringly different from the first two.

I devoured the first 2 novels in a couple of sittings. They were just that great! (Book 2 is my favorite.) And while I was prepared for the POV shift in this novel, the story still doesn't seem cohesive to me. I stopped halfway through and have never bothered to pick it back up. That was last year. I think I started to get confused when the character of Ahad was introduced, and how he looks and acts like Naha, but isn't Nahadoth. And while I accepted across the entire series, that there are god-like laws and alternate universe ways that my human brain won't comprehend, I just couldn't wrap my head around that one. I never recovered from that, and things just sort of snowballed from there.

I still enjoy N.K.'s writing. To me, she's great a person to step up and fill that void that the passing of Octavia Butler has left. We need more Black sci-fi / fantasy writers, and she's a woman to boot. I look forward to reading more from her!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sieh's story is a great conclusion to this trilogy! December 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Sieh is the oldest godling and first child of The Three, yet he must spend his time eternally as a child. As the god of Childhood, Tricks, and Innocence, going against his nature would kill him. With a sun as a kickball, he wanders where he will... Until the day he meets two Arameri children and decides to pledge friendship.

Now trapped as a mortal, Sieh must decide how to best protect himself and the mortals he loves, even as a forgotten secret from his past threatens to destroy everything.

Set roughly 100 years after the beginning of the series, this novel feels slower since the action takes place over a greater period of time - years instead of days or weeks. Showing us more background on Sieh, Enefa, and the Gods' War, I really enjoyed the chance to learn more about how they all came to be. This book is well-written and the action does pick up later in the story, making this book a satisfying conclusion to this trilogy.

The Kingdom of Gods is the third book in The Inheritance Trilogy, which I received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars New favorite author!
I loved this entire series!!
Published 1 month ago by jem6782
3.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly...
N. K. Jemisin's writing is strong in this final, third installment. Whereas first-time novelists sometimes have good debut novels, followed by lackluster follow-up volumes, I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by B-Macker
5.0 out of 5 stars For sci/fi/fantasy book lovers!!
Fabulous sci-fi/fantasy trilogy!!
Published 3 months ago by Amy L. Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow-up to One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.
My favorite is Deine, but Sieh is second in my heart. I loved this book, and I suspect that any fan of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms will, too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Modern Xena
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
an excellent tale, well crafted and quotable. this was quite an enjoyment to read; the characters complex and changing, a good plot as well. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ArtChick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
NK Jemisin is a brilliant author and this whole series is absolutely amazing.
Published 6 months ago by Merlin Mathews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good but emotionally draining. Also doesn't erase people of color. Very good diversity for the fantasy genre
Published 7 months ago by P
3.0 out of 5 stars The less known, the better
Not very good. This book delves deeper in Sieh's character, the Trickster - but I'd rather be kept in the dark. N.K. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paulo Eduardo Lopes
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as, if not better, than book 1
This is arguably the best book in the series, though it's hard to choose between book 1 and 3. If you've enjoyed the series to this point, or if you thought book 2 wasn't quite as... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome
the cover itself is amazing and gets me thinking. i have been inspired by the Kingdom of Gods. It makes one wonder the possibilities after life.
Published 9 months ago by blue monnkey
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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 nkjemisin.com .

Oh, and buy my book!

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