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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 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 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: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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!

Customer Reviews

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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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately satisfying ... but ... October 30, 2011
By Oakali
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I loved the first two installments of this trilogy, but this book didn't impress me nearly as much. For the first 1/2 of the book, I found Sieh to be an utterly unsympathetic character, which I realize was much of the point, but this book redeemed itself in the last 1/3. Jemisin has done a fine job completing this series, and I will be purchasing her work in the future.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing October 22, 2011
By xenofan
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news to those that have been anticipating this, the third and final book in the Inheritance Trilogy, but I'm sorry to say that I found it to be a massive letdown.

If you've read and really enjoyed the previous books, then you might find this book to be enjoyable and rewarding. There are no faults that are not already present in the previous books, so if you can deal with them and still gain a lot of pleasure from those books, then you'll be able to do so again with The Kingdom of Gods. However, if, like me, you found the other books to be decent but flawed, then you may be left sorry to have wasted your time and money with this series. I certainly am.

I did actually quite like this book at first. Unfortunately, by the end, I was fed up with Sieh (who's POV I had at first found quite interesting) and was counting the pages until it was all over. There was just something about the plot, the characters, the conflict, that failed to grab me. I felt that this book was too long, and yet there was far too much going on. Sometimes, I couldn't keep track of the plot threads and I felt lost or simply uninterested. There were too many characters, and most of them seemed too powerful. Very few were actually "normal", and that began to bore me after a while.

It's not that I have a problem with powerful characters, or characters that are Gods. In fact, I pretty much devour anything that promises to have Gods that actually interact with the story and its characters. But there was just something about this book and its Gods. I did not doubt that the Gods were Gods, but I also had problems with the whole situation: the humans just didn't quite seem to respond to the Gods in the way I would have expected them to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 10 days ago by blue monnkey
4.0 out of 5 stars great ending to the trilogy
I was very satisfied with the end to the saga. Some writers go for big shocking endings that are not earned, but I think this book avoided that.
Published 1 month ago by Arin G.
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book, ultimately about the power of forgiveness
I have read the entire Inheritance trilogy and I must say it was a treat.From Gods being used as tools of destruction and control to power being shared between all the creatures of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andreea Pausan
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated it
I bought this trilogy based on other reviews. I threw them away after finishing one book and starting the second.
Published 2 months ago by MamawdownSouth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This whole book is about my least favorite character in the first of the trilogy and I still couldn't put it down.
Published 3 months ago by It's Portable Power
5.0 out of 5 stars Good conclusion
About half way through this third and final book I was thinking it was just not as entertaining as the first two. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Damon
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh God's the ending
I wasn't engrossed in this as I had been in the earlier books but my god I cannot stop crying. Make it to the end it is solo worth it!
Published 3 months ago by Chris Ostrander
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Finish
It's nice to finally read a multi-book story that has a satisfying ending. I also like it when the ending is it's not what one expects.
Published 3 months ago by donald eichelberger
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid books. Well written. Enjoyable.
The trilogy is very good. A solid 4 stars. Of the three, the second book is a real gem. A unique world where magic and gods interplay with their creations (people).
Published 3 months ago by Daniel W Lehmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quick Read
Zipped through this whole series in less than a month. Interesting world, but not overly complex. Epic fantasy enthusiastic might find the world and depth of characters a bit... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ian Weisz
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