The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #2)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Trade paperback; was a Christmas gift
In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living sun to her strange sight. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city.
Oree’s peculiar guest is at the heart of it, his presence putting her in mortal danger — but is it him the killers want, or Oree? And is the earthly power of the Arameri king their ultimate goal, or have they set their sights on the Lord of Night himself?
One of the benefits of having the omnibus on your hands: you don’t have to wait for the next installment in the story 🙂 So here we are.
This became a theme as I was reading the trilogy but I wasn’t sure where the story was going and how this volume was going to connect to the first volume. Rest assured the story does pick up certain story threads from the first novel which was surprising but also satisfying, expanding the worldbuilding. We do see some of the fallout from the first novel, cameos of characters we know, as well as the introduction to new characters that I grew to care about. We are introduced to demons into the canon–god & mortal offsprings–and the tensions there, why it’s problematic in the whole scheme of the world.
I liked Oree as a main character, she was a mature character (nothing against Yeine, I liked her too, but Oree just felt more adult about everything from the get-go). She didn’t let her ability stop her, she was reasonable despite how mad things got.
I thought this volume, like the first one, had a lot of twists and turns, didn’t know what would happen next and kept me guessing the whoe time. The only part I didn’t really enjoy was the bit with the cult. Like, you can tell what they were trying to do, and wondering if they would successfully convince Oree to join their cause. It’s scary and frustrating; Jemisin obviously did a good job at conveying that if I’m struggling with it. But also, that segment of the story moved rather slowly.
Overall I really enjoyed The Broken Kingdoms. I wasn’t sure how it was going to top the first volume, but it certainly succeeded! Can’t wait to see what happens in the final installment of the trilogy 🙂