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Product Details

  • Series: Dreamblood (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316187291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316187299
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The second book of the Dreamblood series is even better than the first...Jemisin excels at worldbuilding and the inclusion of a diverse mix of characters makes her settings feel even more real and vivid. " - RT Book Reviews Top Pick!

"Excellent conclusion to Jemisin's Dreamblood duology features the epic plot and well-rounded characters her fans have come to expect. Highly recommended. "—thebookbag.co.uk

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.

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

N. K. Jemisin is my mv favorite author.
Robert A. Sloan
I very much love her previous Inheritance trilogy and the first book of this duology, The Killing Moon (seriously, read that one first so you have a bit of context).
Anna
N. K. Jemisin's worlds and characters are so interesting and well developed.
Joy Schneider

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stefan VINE VOICE on June 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Last month, N.K. Jemisin treated the world to The Killing Moon, a brilliant new fantasy novel set in a strikingly original world and populated by some of the most fascinating characters I've met in years. Now, barely a handful of weeks later, here's the second and (for now) final novel in the Dreamblood series: The Shadowed Sun.

If you haven't read The Killing Moon yet, you should probably stop reading this now and instead go take a look at my review of that first novel (or better still, just read the book) because the rest of this review contains spoilers for The Killing Moon. If you're just curious whether this second novel is as good as the first one before committing, rest assured: it is. Actually, it's even better. Just don't read the rest of this review if you haven't read that first book yet.

The Shadowed Sun starts ten years after the events portrayed in The Killing Moon. King Eninket's ambitious bid for immortality and conquest has been stopped, but at a great price: the powerful city-state Gujaareh is now under the control of the Kisuati Protectorate. The resulting changes in the world's political setup have created a whole new set of tensions, as the Gujaareen citizens and the Hananjan clergy chafe under Kisuati rule and, outside of the Dreaming City, the desert tribes jockey for position.

Hanani is the only female Sharer-Apprentice in the Hetawa. In order to blend in, she is forced to hide her femininity and dress and behave like a man. Her character initially feels somewhat similar to The Killing Moon's Nijiri: a devout priest-apprentice with a complex pupil-mentor relationship who is on the verge of graduating in the Hetawa.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom from NC on April 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
The main plot is intriguing and the first third of this sequel is enjoyable, but so much time is spent developing the romance between our protagonist and the prince that the book loses momentum and never recovers. The author has shaped a unique world, but I found myself growing weary of chapter after chapter of "daily life in the tribe." And the minimal presence of the Gatherers is most disappointing, as they are such multi-faceted characters. A decent book simply because of the author's skill, but this sequel was unnecessary.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Spotila on June 28, 2012
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The Shadowed Sun is NK Jemisin's best book to date. Every aspect of the book is complex in the best of ways. The characters face difficult choices, and are so realistically rendered that you feel for and with them. The plot encompasses issues of politics, religion, gender, and sexuality, but the strength of the story outshines any single issue. And while Jemisin's world building is always excellent, she sets a new bar for herself in the Dreamblood world. The exotic cultures make sense, with enough sense of origin to justify the characters as products of those cultures. The Shadowed Sun is outstanding, and I highly recommend it (even if you don't usually read genre books).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anna on July 10, 2012
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...not to mention some of the best storytelling in any genre. People who look down on speculative fiction--fantasy especially--as somehow not worthy of being called "literary" just make me tired. This is one of those books that proves them wrong. Prose, worldbuilding, plot, characters; they're all excellent, as I've come to expect from Jemisin based on her previous four books. I don't really have anything to add to what the other 5-star reviewers said, except that I'm not *positive* this is Jemisin's best book... that seems a bit like trying to pick your favorite child! I very much love her previous Inheritance trilogy and the first book of this duology, The Killing Moon (seriously, read that one first so you have a bit of context). And I very much recommend also reading her Inheritance trilogy (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, etc), which I assume you have not, or you wouldn't need to read these reviews to decide if you want to buy this book. Like me, you'd just buy anything she writes as soon as it's available!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SFB on June 22, 2012
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I had very high expectations for The Shadowed Sun - I'm a huge fan of N.K. Jemisin's Inheritance Trilogy, and I was enormously impressed with The Killing Moon (the first book of the dreamblood series).

The Shadowed Sun did more than meet my expectations - it exceeded them. It's even better than The Killing Moon. And it's one of the most satisfying books I've read this year.

Jemisin's characters are wonderfully alive and rich. Her plot is filled with complex ambiguities; there's nothing simplistic or obvious about the choices her characters face. Yet Jemisin's writing is so clear that the prose carries you through the difficulties. Moreover, the worldbuilding is phenomenal: with this, and the Inheritance trilogy, I think Jemisin's earned her place as one of the best and most original worldbuilders working in fantasy today.

Highly recommended (although you should read The Killing Moon first).

Oh, and Nijiri's back. Need I say more?
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N.K. Jemisin's The Shadowed Sun picks up the Dreamblood saga ten years after The Killing Moon (Dreamblood). The sequel brings back the priest-assassin Nijiri and the diplomat Sunandi, but they both play a smaller role. Instead, Jemisin turns over the reins to two new characters. Hanani is the first woman admitted to the priesthood of the Hetawa, the dominant religious order in the city-state of Gujaareh. Wanahomen is the heir the Sunset Lineage, son of the last Prince of Gujaareh.

At the end of The Killing Moon (spoiler alert, at least as far as TKM is concerned), Nijiri and Hetawa brought down the corrupt Prince, ushering in "the Protectorate," foreign rulers from Kisua. The Kisuati have appointed as overseer Sunandi, a Kisuati politician who had aided the Hetawa in stopping the Prince. But she is unable to restrain her army of occupation, and the Gujareen have had enough of foreign rule. The Hetawa must once more serve as king-makers, this time to aid the son of the man they had previously overthrown. And they must also contend with a dream-plague that threatens to wipe out the entire city.

While The Killing Moon was notable for its chaste sexuality, sex plays a more significant role in The Shadowed Sun. There is nothing graphic, but sex runs the gamut from true love to horrible acts of sexual abuse. This sexuality represents the Hetawa's movement away from the idealized pursuit of the divine to the realistic needs of the world.

Matt Hlinak
Author of DoG
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