The Kingdom of Gods (Inheritance Trilogy #3)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Trade paperback; was a Christmas gift
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 Arameris’ ruthless grip is slipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending war.
Here we are, final volume in the Inheritance trilogy. Pretty much been reading this trilogy the entire month of June so it’s a nice way to wrap up the month, finishing up a trilogy too. Suffice to say, I’m happy to finally be reading this trilogy, if there was any major achievement for this year reading-wise, it’s this 🙂
So there’s a lot riding in this last volume in a way: where will the story go? What challenges will the Three and the characters will face? The first two books were pleasantly surprising because I couldn’t figure out where the story was going. On the plus side, this book continues to expand on the world and the mythology it inhabits, touching on themes of the fallout of changes in the Arameri over the decades, the geopolitical climate at the crux of change. I’m not surprised that Sieh is the main character in this novel; he was quite a prominent character in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and had a fairly memorable cameo in the second volume, so of course he would get a feature in this third novel.
But I didn’t love this book as much as the first two books. It was interesting to see Sieh in the circumstances he had to face here, it was challenging for him and forces him to confront certain issues that he’s avoided. And the themes I mentioned in the previous paragraph was interesting to read. But I found the new characters introduced in this book lacked the oomph of previous characters introduced in previous novels; I just found myself not caring for them as much. Not to mention there were just so many characters in this novel. Could see from kilometres away the reflection between Sieh and the siblings with the Big Three and the dynamics there (three as a holy number and yet fraught with tension/jealousy/isolation/loneliness–did it have to be that way? Of course one would be favoured over the other over time).
Kahl and the God Mask was pretty freaky though, and I wish there had been more focus on that than on the love/god triangle, really. Still grasping on how Kahl was able to manifest the Maelstrom, as well as the connection between him and Sieh. I wish more time had been spent on that, but I can see why he worked behind the scenes. It was such a catalyst though.
While this book did not feel quite as satisfying as the previous two novels, it did have its moments, events changing the course of the worldbuilding and the lore. The world has certainly changed by the end of this novel. But there was also a lot of meh moments. So yeah, I still gave it four stars because it was interesting, but I didn’t like it as much as the first two books.