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Published Sept. 5, 2010

ISBN:
978-0-316-04396-0
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4 stars (83 reviews)

The Broken Kingdoms is a fantasy novel by American writer N. K. Jemisin, the second book of her Inheritance trilogy. It takes place ten years after the events of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and centers around a young woman named Oree Shoth, who lives in the World Tree-shrouded, godling-inhabited city of Shadow.

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Review of 'The Broken Kingdoms' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

The Broken Kingdoms is damn good. It's driven by relationships and conversation in a way that could slow down a lesser book, but here every interaction is filled with the weight of the past, whether spoken or unspoken. It knows when to rest and to move

Everyone has a past in a way that makes them feel real, like we have a snapshot of their lives and they were here before and will continue on afterwards. This, to me, is a hallmark of a well-written story with complex characters. Oree and Madding had a relationship in the past which has echoes now, but their current dynamic is clearly different than what it must have been before the story started. Shiny knows various people and gods in ways that speak to past relationships, whether casual or intimate, and we have enough information to inform our understanding of what is unsaid, but …

Review of 'The Broken Kingdoms' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

A song is the door, but belief is the key that unlocks it.

The trilogy rolls along but the story picks up in a spot where you didn't expect it to, and this change makes Inheritance #2 more enjoyable to read.

I will continue on reading and complete the trilogy but the story hasn't grabbed my attention enough to warrant a a proper review.

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