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The Shadowed Sun Paperback – June 12, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
I really loved her last trilogy but this I think surpasses it.
The writing is excellent. The world she builds is enticing and strange. Her characters are rounded and believable.
I love the idea of a priesthood dedicated to preserving peace, no matter what the cost. It's an interesting idea.
I want there to be a book three. I need to know what happens next.
I don't know how to begin and describe The Shadowed Sun. In The Killing Moon (Dreamblood) I was awed with the world that N.K. Jemisin created - but there was a downside to that originality. Everything was so unfamiliar that I had trouble relating to the characters. Their culture and prejudice were completely different than ours. In fact, first 10% of The Killing Moon (Dreamblood) were really hard to read until I started to at least a little bit comprehend city of Gujaareh. But The Shadowed Sun has much smoother start (or I was already familiar with the world) so it took less time for me to get totally involved into a story.
So for those who didn't run away on the mention of epic fantasy, a little bit more about the world in general. :) The world of Dreamblood series is fictional but is based on multiple cultures and civilisations that exist (or existed) on African continent: Egyptian, Nubian and Arabian bedouins. The mythology and religion is totally new (at least it was to me) and their magic is powered by dreams. Complete mind-blow, trust me.
Another thing where The Shadowed Sun excels is the characters. They were so realistic, so human, so much better in details than in The Killing Moon (Dreamblood). I could feel their emotional turmoil as it was my own, I was reading devouring pages hoping to see that they will get a little bit happiness in the end. If you would make me pick my favorite I really could not decide.
On one side, we have Hanani - first woman that was permitted to become a healer in the service of their Goddess. We follow her as she struggles with doubts that she is "not strong enough to serve her" and with resistance in her colleagues and patients. Every girl who had to work in primary-male profession can surely identify with Hanani. Although with her stammering and hesitation, Hanani looks shy at first glance, she has a core of stone that will help her to endure a lot of troubles and make all the right decisions on the way.
Girl-power heroine - what can be better, right? Well, come and meet Wanahomen. It's not easy to be a son of a King, especially if your father made a lot of wrong decisions. It's not easy admitting your father's mistakes, but Wanahomen must do that before he can move on and cooperate with allies to "begin the long arduous process of repairing a damaged nation". Wanahomen has spent last ten years living with N.K. Jemisin's bedouins and we have through him great comparison of this warrior desert culture via Gujaareh's peace-oriented luxurious civilization. And there is very good love story, so if you need a little bit of romance in your novels, Wanahomen got you covered. ;)
Both books in Dreamblood series are pretty stand-alone-ish - they don't have cliffhanger endings and can be read out of order, but I still recommend that you read them how the writer intended, because The Shadowed Sun starts with assumption that you are familiar with the religion and customs of Gujaareh and does not explain them in details. And both books are frankly very good and deserve to be read.
Sorry if my review is not very helpful I am still riding that just-read-awesome-book high. :) So to sum it up: The Killing Moon (Dreamblood) - good; The Shadowed Sun - even better. You fantasy lovers that are looking for something original and whining how all fantasy books are the same - read this, you will not be disappointed.
I recommend this book to fans of: adult fantasy; african inspired culture and setting; original dream-powered magic system; realistic and good characterisation; strong heroines; fierce and stubborn heroes; ...
While the first volume presented a fantasy world modelled heavily on an ancient Egypt of the Pharaohs, the follow-up story manages to blend in additional aspects of ancient North American Anasazi pueblo people of the Canyon de Chelly in Chinle, Arizona, who dwelt in the canyon before the Navajo, and also builds further on the fantasy dream magic elements of "The Killing Moon". The result is a delicious trans-cultural mix which is both exotic and eminently believable. If anything, the story is even more beautifully woven and constructed than the first one (although some may find the romantic element just a little too cloying for comfort; personally I thought it was well-judged and well-handled). The inventiveness of the first volume is matched in the second by many new ideas and notions and, unlike many sequels which simple rehash their predecessors, "The Shadowed Sun" presents a powerful new story as a satisfying counter and conclusion to earlier events. While political manoeuvring remains a prominent aspect to the story, gender stereotyping and women's rights (and roles) come more prominently to the fore, with a female protagonist who becomes more central to the tale than any of the characters of the earlier work. Tension builds well during the book too; indeed all aspects of the narrative are handled in an exemplary fashion, making the book a joy to read from beginning to end.
The author tells us that this brings "The Dreamblood Series" to an end, for the time being, although I for one -- and I doubt that I am alone -- hope that she will revisit Gujaareh again before too long, for there would seem to be scope aplenty for more stories here.