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The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood) Paperback – June 12, 2012
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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This is the perfect companion to the first book, mirroring the the themes and plot, but reflecting them in a new way. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I find the characters in this second book better crafted and hence more emotionally engaging; especially enjoyable for me was the growth and development of the two main characters.Published 3 months ago by Lulu168
I could only read this book in small doses.
On her blog, N.K. Jemisin says this, leading up to the release of The Shadowed Sun: "There’s only one way to get rid of rape... Read more
I cannot put into words how much I love this author's work. She writes in such a way that you are living the story along with her characters, and the imagination and world building... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sandy B
Solid resolution. I didn't want it to end. M.K. Jemison is a skillful world builder. I'm glad that I didn't have to wait through several books to get to the finale. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Renanda
Could not put this one down!!! First book was good enough to want to read the sequel and I'm so glad I did. One of my favorite reads ever! Read morePublished 10 months ago by geanni67
This second book in the series is even better than the first. I was drawn so completely into the ending I missed my bus stop. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Skuld