Although this book did a better job of this than her previous works. She can definitely create awesome characters, they just could use more of a human touch. But more like this and I'll be a longtime fan. I know some readers found her first series a little heavy on romance but I can reassure any potential readers that this is high fantasy. No mistake. I recommend this to fans of Jemisin's first series, obviously. Fans of Jaqueline Carey. Guy Gavriel Kay. And, don't shoot me, George RR Martin. Honest, the political aspects of this book is much stronger than her others.
I'm just sorry it wasn't longer. Even though there is at least one more book planned, this one does have an end. And seems as though it could be read as a standalone. Oct 03, Algernon Darth Anyan rated it really liked it Shelves: Jemisin was already established for me as a very promising newcomer on the fantasy scene, with her Inheritance series.
I was both intrigued and apprehensive about her decision to try something completely different for her second outing, thinking of some rock bands who put out an excellent debut album, only to follow with a lukewarm, rushed second, containing outtakes or failed experiments. But I like her courage to explore new subjects and not stick with one successful setting for an endless number of sequels. The Killing Moon was a lot slower in winning me over than The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms , probably because the learning curve is a lot steeper we are thrown literally into the middle of the story , this new project is more ambitious with three major characters and several secondary ones sharing a rotating point of view, the worldbuilding, the political situation, the magic system and the historical background all needed to be explained before I could get to the meat of the story.
The story itself reminded me of Daniel Abraham and his Long Price quartet, probably due to the lyrical prose and the careful characterization, the moral dillemas that are central to both epics.
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I found similarities also in the magic system, based on human psychic powers, in Jemisin case derived from the dream world. The raw power of people's dreams can be collected either willingly by donations or forcefully as punishment for crimes committed or at the death bed as a final blessing from the gods. Gatherers are the most powerful practitioners of the art, and because magic that heals is not so different from the magic that kills, they are heavily regulated by laws and traditions, as well as restricted in number. Ehiru is one of only four Gatherers in the city of Gujaareh, and his failure to perform an apparently routine task against a shady foreign merchant will mark the starting point of an investigation that would shake the very foundations of the world.
Ehiru will be assisted on his quest by his apprentice Nijiri and by the Kisuati envoy Sunandi, a spy who can prove to be either an ally or an enemy. This duality is present in Ehiru himself, his actions being liable to interpretation as either assassinations or holy acts. My favorite moment of the book is the dialogue between Ehiru and an old lady with an incurrable disease on the theme of assisted suicide it's already quoted here on Goodreads The world is centered around the city state of Gujaareh, a metropolis modelled from the cities of ancient Egipt, where the desert is made livable by the bi-annual floods of the river, and where power is shared between the prince regent, the incarnation of the Moon Goddess Hananja as the executive power and the priests of Goddess as the spiritual leaders and the legislative power.
The neighbouring city state of Kisua is the original source of the Hananja cult, with the Gujaarati as a splintering sect who immigrated over disagreements about the use of dream magic. The Kisuati believed the dream magic too dangerous to be allowed, and had it replaced with a rigid form government by technocrats. The landscape is completed by various tribes of desert raiders and oversea barbarians. Once the world and the characters have been established I began to greatly enjoy the story and the moral dillemas posed by the interactions between Ehiru and Nijiri on one hand and Ehiru and Sunandi on the other.
I will not reveal here the nature of the adversaries, only leave a mention that it was a very powerful duo that had its motivations and background convincingly developed, although their decisions I found mostly abhorent. The emotional intensity of the novel reached levels similar to the ones from the Inheritance series, mixing the personal revelations of individuals to the larger conflict. I wold go as far as saying I prefer the new book for the toning down of the romance elements and descriptive sexual passages, that seemed tacked on and slightly unnecessary in the author's debut novels.
The Killing Moon has its share of sexual tension and heartburn, but I found it more subtly rendered and more credible, both for Sunandi in her contact with the Prince and for Nijiri in his infatuation with his mentor. Luckily for me, the second book in the duology is already out, so I can jump right in after this promising start. Dec 12, Stefan Bach rated it liked it. They were steeped in its necessity, proud of its benefits, dismissive of its consequences.
It was impossible to understand Gujaareh without understanding the source of its power. A priest who grants peace of eternal dream to those who are corrupted by malice - but for the first time falters in his sacred duty and now has to deal with guilt. Do you demand more of yourself than you expect of them?
That narrowness of purpose makes him the greatest of your brethren, but it also leaves him ill equipped to handle the schemes of the corrupt. This is why we think you strange—you do this and you see nothing wrong with it. As I said, worldbuilding is fascinating in its uniqueness with beautiful mythology and rich history. Book is filled with little stories of world's conception like the story of a Sun chasing two Moons.
It's a bit graphic for public description, so let's just say it has a happy ending. Or simply giving insufficient explanation of certain social, theological or any other concept, which can harm the book itself. And sadly that was exactly the case here. Yeah, sure, make your imagination vivid and running wild, and choose some other name instead of George for your main male character. Running through glossary on every second page certainly can distract you from enjoyment.
All in all this is a unique gem of this genre. Introduction to N. Jemisin work did not disappoint. Oct 07, Chelsea rated it it was amazing Shelves: awesome-author , fantasy , best-of , reviewed. That was amazing. This is a fantastic book. So far, it appears that there will only be two books, this volume and the next, titled The Shadowed Sun , which I'll be acquiring as soon as it comes out, which is thankfully on a payday for me. The growth in her writing is extremely evident. Her distinct authorial voice is still th Wow Her distinct authorial voice is still there, but sharpened and honed into the tool of a seasoned storyteller.
The characters are well-wrought, especially Nijiri. I was first struck with the cover art, I have to admit. It's gorgeous, and Orbit did a fantastic job with the printing. The glossary is extremely helpful. This is definitely one of those books where the reader is dropped into the world and expected to start picking up on things, though the fall isn't as jarring as with Gardens of the Moon. Factions, paths, bloodlines, and nations are referenced by their names right away, with none of the over-explanation I've grown to dislike in fantasy. One of the nice benefits of this is the ability of the storyteller to keep the story about the characters, and not about the world.
The scope of the story is told within two related countries, relieving us of the need for a map, and having to familiarize ourselves with endless nations, kings, cities, etc Don't get me wrong, I love a good map, but it's nice to just read something without trying to remember which king ruled which place or what god was in charge of which area blah blah blah blah. She offers bits and pieces of the history, mythology and law through the book which help familiarize the reader without ever veering into "Well, Bob The magic system is well-imagined and draws on many different ideas which might be familiar to readers already.
She combines the physical body, dreaming and sleeping, divine power and emotional power into one succinct system and ably demonstrates the good and bad sides of the magic. She explores the addictive nature of magic and power, which I found very compelling. She delivers the same deft exploration of two cultures, the Guajareen and Kisuati, which are just similar enough to be enemies.
Jemisin's chops in this regard are one big reason I am a fan of hers. She really understands how a culture works, right down to the food, and how it shapes interactions between members of the culture and outsiders. The only possible criticism I have is that there could have been more action. Though it's easy to view her as a Serious Author Writing Serious Things, she actually handles action scenes very well. I hungered for more after it ended.
Add action to the list of things Jemisin writes very well, in addition to romance The Broken Kingdoms , culture shock, food, art, and tweets. In short, highest possible recommendation for this book and this author! I look forward to the release of Shadowed Sun, and anything else she writes. Nov 12, Donna rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy. This was the first book in a two part series, but strangely enough, the way it ended, with everything tied up neatly, it felt like a standalone. I read it after The Broken Earth Trilogy, even though this series came before that one. And I could not help comparing the two, with The Broken Earth books coming out the winners.
I had thought those books grim, but this book was even more so since it lacked the abundant humor in that other series, which took the edge off the hopelessness of that world. As for the world depicted in this book, it is like an alternate version of ancient Egypt and the law of the land is peace at all cost, but sometimes the price is very high, even war. There is a magic system in place which is facilitated by dreams. Gatherers are those who can both heal and destroy lives through the dreams they produce, depending upon whose lives they are dealing with and the range of their skill and control.
But for those deemed corrupt, they are sentenced and given no choice in being terminated in such a manner. But what happens when those judging who are corrupt are corrupt themselves? And what happens when those doing the terminating allow their feelings to corrupt the process, turning dreams into nightmares? The world-building in this story was good, but not nearly as detailed or fantastic as what the author did later with her Broken Earth series.
But like that series, she had an interesting magic system and sympathetic, diverse characters. Though all of the main ones were male except for a pivotal female character who had little development and was somewhat unlikable. How different this was from the female dominant books in The Broken Earth Trilogy who displayed grit and had me rooting for them. Instead, I await whatever the author writes next since she seems to be gaining strength a book at a time, as time goes on.
View all 5 comments. This is a book I picked up hoping to love but it didn't quite work for me. I have read the Broken Earth trilogy by this author and loved that, but this series written before that one just felt a little lacking in some areas for my liking. We focus on a world where people who are known as Gatherers have the ability to 'Gather' people and send them along to their deity.
They do this by entering the dreams of the person who needs to be 'Gathered' and then guiding their soul along the pathway to t This is a book I picked up hoping to love but it didn't quite work for me.
They do this by entering the dreams of the person who needs to be 'Gathered' and then guiding their soul along the pathway to their dream-goddess. They are supposedly an impartial form of punishment, they are not owned by the crown or powered by any but good and bad. They stand only for justice. We follow one of the gatherers who is well-known and well thought of because of his skill. He is a member of royalty who was taken in by the Gatherers when he was a young boy, and he has grown to believe in everything they stand for utterly. When our main characters meet they do so in an awkward way, with one being sent to kill the other, but we follow their discussion and it leads up to believe there is a lot more than first meets the eye.
Add in all the magic of the world and the influence of Egyptian culture, and you have what could be a wonderful start to a duology Sadly, the characterisation and world-building didn't go as far as I wanted in this series and I think N. Jemisin's newer series shows massive progression in these areas. Personally, I just never felt like I felt for or really got to know and understand the characters, and I found myself a little cold about them.
I would say the pacing of this one is good fun, it trots along at a steady pace and I enjoyed the unravelling of the story. However, I did find the characters and world lacking, but more annoying still was the predictability of the story, which honestly just felt too good vs evil with nothing in the middle. I gave this a 2. View all 3 comments. It takes some time to get into the story, as it starts with a whole new creation myth for an exquisite world, new and unknown concepts. I heartly recommend reading the glossary at the end before starting the book, as it may considerably ease your immersion into the story.
I loved how each chapter begins with a quote from Hetawa's Law or Wisdom, helping you better understand the society and its system of beliefs. The characters are exceptionally well written, all complex and layered, with flawed a It takes some time to get into the story, as it starts with a whole new creation myth for an exquisite world, new and unknown concepts.
The characters are exceptionally well written, all complex and layered, with flawed and sometimes almost evilish heroes and villains with motives far from just evil. Even so, I couldn't completly relate to any of them, but, as I have a very high sense of justice, I was quite dissappointed of the lack of luck and the continuing challenges a certain character was subjected to.
Jemisin manages to tackle a various number of topics, more or less sensitive: death as mercy euthanasia , political scheming, the corruption that power brings, guilt, sexuality, social stratification, historical influences, etc. But who knows what I get instead, if I stay? Maybe time to see a new grandchild. Maybe a good joke that sets me laughing for days. Maybe another handsome young fellow flirting with me.
Ehiru steadies her with shaking hands. Until the very end. If these are all the memories I get for eternity, I want to take as many of them with me as I can.
A Kite for Moon
View all 6 comments. May 19, Arielle Walker rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy-traditional. Most lands can tolerate only a few, and those die young. Jemisin's universe is utterly immersive, her world building solid, and the details she gives us actually stay consistent - without info-dumps or hammer-over-head obviousness. It's heartbreaking to realise how few fantasy books there are available, still , with a POC as a main character. It's heartbreaking to realise how few books there are available, still, that aren't utterly whitewashed, heteronormative, eurocentric - the fantasy genre just happens to be particularly at fault.
But this book completely shatters all those hideous cliches, and proves wrong any possible excuse that could be made for why fantasy books "have to be" so Set in a world inspired by ancient Egypt, these characters are fully formed, culturally sound. Race isn't explicitly made a point of, but simply accepted. There is some mention of how the few white Northerners in Gujaareh burn in the sun, and some surprise that a highborn Prince has lighter "lowercaste" skin note "light er ", not "light".
There is no sense whatsoever of "ticking diversity boxes", as happens so often especially in Hollywood but that's a whole long rant in itself. On a similar note, how exciting that bi-sexuality is not only accepted, but utterly normal! The system of magic feels wonderfully new, even when it uses ideas that we have seen before - a brotherhood of "priests", dream magic etc.
The author clearly knows more about her world than she lets on, meaning that it feels like a genuine place. We are never given too much information, but rather left to imagine a world that is both alien and familiar. It's wonderful. She also explores some very interesting points about life, about the right to choose when to leave - and the right to choose when to stay.
Jemisin doesn't tell the reader what to think, only lays it out for us to decide - which for me is the entire point of the whole debate. Maybe another handsome young fellow flirting with me I want every moment of my life, pretty man, the painful and the sweet alike. At times I did feel my attention drift away and would have to put the book down for a while - but only to return again, eager to continue. Jan 24, Lily rated it really liked it Shelves: goals , , yorwoc , fantasy. I've liked fantasy, or at least the idea of it, pretty much since I could read.
Some of my favorite and least favorite books fall under that category, and the latter caused me to steer clear of the genre for the last few years. Even so, this quote by JRR Tolkien sums up why I didn't give up entirely: I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it i I've liked fantasy, or at least the idea of it, pretty much since I could read.
Even so, this quote by JRR Tolkien sums up why I didn't give up entirely: I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which 'Escape' is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?
This book reminded me that there's no better escape than immersing yourself in an imagined world, yet it also proved that "escape" isn't synonymous with an easy way out. You might end up somewhere at least as complicated as wherever you're escaping from, and you can't rely on anyone being there to hold your hand as you figure out how the world works. In The Killing Moon , the world of Gujaareh is revealed through a combination of vivid details and judicious gaps.
Which is a decent approximation of how people interact with the real world. This review is going to be a bit of a cop-out because I barreled through this book in the wee hours of the morning before my dissertation was due which should give you some idea of how the book affected me , so here are a few of the components that made it stand out: a world inspired by ancient Egyptian mythology; a system of magic fueled by dreams; multiple layers of emotionally fraught mentor-student relationships; the duty to kill; the right to die; the right to not die, thank you very much; a thoughtful exploration of what "peace" means; characters that I sincerely cared about, which made the endgame all the more distressing; and a charmingly self-deprecating author note.
Thank you, NK Jemisin, for restoring my faith in the worlds of high fantasy, and the characters who inhabit them. I would ease this for you if I could, but I have no peace left to share. I still have love, though. Take it. As much as you need. Don't let my 2-star rating dissuade you from reading this book. The Killing Moon was not for me. There are aspects of the book I enjoyed such as the magic system and desert setting but the story didn't click with me. The Killing Moon follows 3 main characters. Sunandi is a Speaker a political office of sorts from the city-state of Kisua.
She gets involved with two Gatherers, servants of the goddess Hananja, who gather people's souls and help them move on to Ina-Karekh, the land of dreams where Don't let my 2-star rating dissuade you from reading this book. She gets involved with two Gatherers, servants of the goddess Hananja, who gather people's souls and help them move on to Ina-Karekh, the land of dreams where they dwell permanently, killing their bodies in the process.
The story follows Sunandi, Ehiru, and Nijiri as they work to uncover the corrupt rulers of Gujaareh and their nefarious plans. I liked the characters well enough and hated the ones the story wants you to hate. Sunandi is an empowered woman who was interesting to read about.
The Gatherers Ehiru and Nijiri have a great relationship, not just as mentor-apprentice but they have a deep love and respect for one another. I also really liked the setting. It's so refreshing to read a story about people with dark skin in a quasi-Egyptian setting instead of a bunch of while people in basically Medieval Europe again. The magic system was really cool but I wanted it to be explored more. Gatherers visit people who have been deemed corrupt by the Hetawa Hanajah's order while they are asleep, gather their dreamblood, and send their soul to dwell permanently in Ina-Karekh.
I wish N. Jemisin spend more time showing how this works. She and Brandon Sanderson need to take cues off one another. Sanderson's shorter works need more character focus and Jemisin's story here needed more attention on the magic system. One thing that really bugged me: at one point a woman is threatened with rape.
Jemisin is very vocal about her views, especially rape and misogyny, so the inclusion of a rape threat really rubbed me the wrong way. It disappointed me that someone so vocal about sexual assault would include that threat in her story. Overall, this book was not for me, which is okay. It shouldn't stop anyone else from reading it. Jemisin's prose is not quite as beautiful as The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms but she still paints a vivid world worth exploring. Apr 23, Nafiza rated it really liked it Shelves: favourites , books-i-own , read , source-review-books.
Sometimes, if you are very lucky, books come along when you need them to. I am not one to usually read a book by the success of Sometimes, if you are very lucky, books come along when you need them to. I am not one to usually read a book by the success of the author blurbing a book but since Elliott herself is such an accomplished writer, I felt comfortable taking her word for it. The point is, I had high expectations going in and fortunately, all those expectations were fulfilled.
Actually, way more than fulfilled. Jemisin uses a large variety of literary techniques to tell her story. There are epigraphs that situate the chapter in the context of a greater narrative. There are multiple perspectives, the book itself is a frame narrative though I am not sure who the person doing the narrating is. There are myths presents, Gods, Goddesses, a bit of romance, bildungsroman Nijiri and many others. There is also a foreword written by the author that is reminiscent of those found in historical novels. You would think that juggling a hotchpotch variety of techniques would make for a messy narrative but that could not be further from the truth.
In the hands of a master, and no doubt that is what Jemisin is, the narrative falls neatly into place. In fact, I found The Killing Moon to be much stronger than her first trilogy. The narrative and plot are stronger, tighter and more able, in my opinion, to properly convey the story. There are many, many characters in the novel and Jemisin infuses them all with a personality that never feels stilted or stereotyped. The depth of her research is reflected in the richness of her imagery and her creativity finds a wide canvas in the landscape she sets her story in.
While she does borrow from history, it is kept to a minimum and integrated smoothly into the narrative. There is never a sense of her manipulating historical thoughts and events into a shape that fits her plot. Her characters are complex, the core conflict is well thought out and the conclusion, when it is finally reached, is satisfactory. There are some books that you can rip through, inhale from the start to finish and then there are other books that you linger over, read slowly to make them last and, for me, The Killing Moon belonged to the latter group of books. The pace of the narrative remains steady until it speeds up and then slows again as suits the needs of the narrative.
Do I recommend the book to you? You bet I do. If you like dense fantasy that is rewarding and extremely satisfying, you will enjoy this one. A lot. Sep 04, Trike rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , sff-bookclub-challenge , read-in I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It's pretty much got it all: cool magic system, interesting characters, propulsive plot, excellent writing, political corruption, quotable quotes. It feels to me like Jemisin is taking Ancient Egypt as her jumping-off point, which is a nice change of pace from ten-billion-and-two versions of fantasy tales based on the European Middle Ages.
So that alone gets it some coolness points. Taking that inspiration and creating a decidedly different and fully-realized worl I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Taking that inspiration and creating a decidedly different and fully-realized world is nothing to sneeze at. Apparently this is part of a series, although I don't know where the story might go after this. It feels complete, like a solid stand-alone story should, with all the loose threads tied up in a satisfying conclusion. So if you're looking for an interesting single book, I think this qualifies.
This is the first thing I've read by her, but I'm definitely going to check out more. It's always great to discover an author whose work you like, especially one with numerous books already extant. View all 17 comments. This is a brilliant book. Absolutely brilliant.
But I admire it so much I would recommend it as a TBR for anyone interested in literary reads as well as fantasy reads. I have an unusual suggestion at this point. If you truly want to experience this book without it being spoiled at all, I suggest not reading any of these reviews on GR, including mine.
Go ahead and read the book first. To explain the book, a lot of This is a brilliant book. To explain the book, a lot of spoiling to a degree must be written down. In explaining the world, some of the pleasure in discovering how this amazing, yet familiar, world is must be revealed. If you insist on reading my and other reviews, some of the discoveries will be exposed in our reviews instead of in the reading. With this book, IMHO, some of the impact of the interesting surprises I encountered by reading first will be lost.
However, as there are already a thousand reviews online which have revealed everything I plan to, then proceed if you will.
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Fantasy fans will judge it by their love of the genre, and by the medieval world of dreamblood magic in which the action takes place. Literary readers will see through the thin veil disguising the references to actual religious practices and how religion works. They both practice narcomancy a play on the word necromancy, in my opinion in the service of a priest death cult called the Gatherers. There is also a mean Reaper character in the book, but he is a Gatherer who has gone insane view spoiler [from the abuse of dreamblood - an addictive mind substance which the Gatherers reap when they kill humans hide spoiler ] in the service of their goddess Hananja.
All of Gujaareh are followers of strict religious moral codes of the goddess Hananja. Members of the Council are the Gatherers, the Superior, the Sentinels, Teachers, Sharers, the Sisters who, as usual, being females are forced into the back seat of governance with only a single advisory vote and the Prince, who is the ruler of Gujaareh. Most of the published accounts by the author and reviewers refer to the author N. The rock resonates in response to emanations from humans, particularly dreams and sleep states.
It somehow controls the powers derived from dreamblood harvested by trained Gatherers. Everyone believes the stone comes from space, which they describe as Sun seed fragments. I liked the character Sunandi best, as she was the voice of reason to me. Unfortunately, she is not a major character, simply a key character. Normally, there are rules and religious prohibitions on this ability. The priests are trained from childhood in the moral codes and laws of the goddess Hananja, who in theory forbids the use of this ability unless the victim has been selected under legal mechanisms by the family or the Superior.
Usually, the priests sneak into the houses of the selected victim using trained ninja-style techniques. They find the room where their victim is sleeping and kill the sleeping person by taking their dreamblood. The Gatherers believe that this is a moral duty because they believe the selected victim is dying from cancer or other horrible disease or is suffering horrible pain, so they are honoring the goddess and performing a religious good.
Each Gatherer receives a Jungissa stone to use in the performance of their sacred duty, which helps them control the process of absorbing dreamblood. While telepathically communicating with the sleeping person, they induce dreams of a happy time for their victim. While the dream occupies the victim, the Gatherer kills them by taking their dreamblood in a controlled ritual, which protects both of their souls.
Apparently, if too much dreamblood is removed the soul of the victim is destroyed instead of traveling to some kind of heaven. Once a Gatherer loses control, they turn into an insane being called a Reaper, which is considered by the priests a corruption of the highest order. All Gatherers intensely value the purity of their soul to the point of committing suicide if they feel any corruption has touched them. Part of their job is murdering people who have been decided as corrupted by their various leaders, so any corruption within themselves is to be avoided at ALL costs.
Also, I have said nothing about the actual plot. All of the characters are written with understanding and affection by the author. The characters Ehiru and Nijiri are heroic and brave, as well as marvelous drawn in their accurate true-to-life resemblances to real people. However, I am extremely biased. These characters pushed all of my buttons. I found myself hating and angry. I put the book down not intending to finish, but the story and the writing had infected me with its strengths against my will.
So I picked it up again and finished it. I always become extremely disgusted and offended by characters like Ehiru. His fundamentalist dependence on ritual and his rigidity of faith is something I can hardly bear when I meet people like this in real life. To me, Ehiru is a creep and a cruel person. I find him a despicable tool of murder and mayhem, wearing the mask of love and purity bestowed on him by his religion, and only by his religion.
Worse, since he has set himself up as an arbitrator of correct behavior and morality with the right to take life if he thinks you are a bad person by his code, I can only cringe and wince when he is on the page. As you can imagine, since he is the MAIN character involved in this story, that made this book difficult for me. He travels a bumpy road in self-discovery and in learning the truth about the leaders he has always trusted. The worship of Hananja is an abomination.
I hate the city leaders who have convinced people their own murders are good for them because of priest propaganda and a convincing ritual of magical hocus-pocus that encourage the delusion that these Gatherers are loving murderers. The book's plots are fueled by an evil religion which has changed the process of dying into a supposed beautiful soul transference to a fake heaven of adorable dreams, which it isn't all.
If anyone questions this fairy tale of heavenly goodness, they are punished and considered immoral or impure. I'm all for assisted suicide, but that isn't what these bastards are up to. The truth of how they are eating people out of selfish necessity to live is hidden under the cover of rituals, purity of purpose and morality. There is nothing moral about killing people to eat their blood essences. However, most readers do not have the knee-jerk reaction I do to fundamentalist religion and faith, if they even notice the explicit, yet not spelled out, plot scenes and character actions that enraged me.
I wonder if the people reading this were actually in the place of the innocents selected for death by the Gatherers for corruption, as defined by the Gatherers and not by any rational condition or law breaking, if they would still be so enraptured by Ehiru and Nijiri. As for myself, if it is a recommendation for you, this book is remarkably accurate in describing the inner state of a kind religious fundamentalist, who sincerely believes in his doing good with the authority of a living god dess behind his actions, despite whatever proofs there are that the religion is only for crowd control, social manipulation, and political corruption.
There was personal growth for many of the characters, and I liked that. The author's demonstration of how religion works as a social brake on any sensible and harmless individuality and intellectual freedom and it's innate hidden corruption of ultimate power is best of all.
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Oct 26, Kevin rated it really liked it. Really enjoyed this book. Jemisin is a must read! Dec 28, YouKneeK rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , completed-series. I was pretty impressed. The story and the characters grabbed me right away and held my attention to the end. This is one of those books that will exasperate some people, at least in the beginning, because the author throws a lot of unfamiliar terms, names, and places at the reader in rapid succession.
It helped that I was reading it on my Kindle and could search for past occurrences of a word to remind myself of its earlier context. The theory is that this is only done for willing people who are very sick or elderly, or for evil, corrupt people. But what if this power is abused? At pages, this book felt really short. Part of that was of course because the story was so interesting that it was a quick read.
I would have liked to see the characters wrestle a little more with some of the moral ambiguity, and I also wanted a more drawn-out ending. Things seemed to be resolved a bit quickly, and I wanted to learn more about how the characters we had been following and the greater civilization around them would change as a result of the events. Happily, another four-day weekend is around the corner! May 11, A. Marling rated it it was amazing Shelves: dark-fantasy , high-fantasy. NK Jemisin's best yet. Halfway through the story I worried resolution would be deferred to the next book, which will be released shortly, but the author slammed the end of the story down like a card player laying a flush of spades.
I would love to see more fantasy like this, featuring an end at the end, a rich setting at the beginning, and a magic awash with moral uncertainty. This book revolves around moral dilemma. Two of the protagonists, the gatherers, specialize in freeing sufferers. And it is. And as readers, we are disturbed no matter where we fall on the euthanasia issue.
This struggle of using a potentially terrible magic for good lies at the frenetic beating heart of the Killing Moon. The forces of human need, free will, and religious devotion all clash, with no clear victor. NK Jemisin challenges the reader, not only with moral uncertainty but also with a frolic through tense and perspective shifts. Yes, including second person, present tense. A few times I had to blink and take a breath, when her words struck a perfect chord. The setting is non-European but what it is seems mostly understated.
Mentioned in passing are a seasonal flood, camels, a few drifts of sand, and loindrapes more classy than loincloths? The culture's dominant feature is the religion of a dream afterlife and a goddess of sleeping peace, an invention that transcends reference to any real-world local.
Given that euthanizing monks make up two of the three main viewpoint characters, and the tone of the story, I would be tempted to classify this as Dark Fantasy. Since it's second world, magic-centric, and has resolution in fewer than five hundred pages, High Fantasy is another reasonable description.
If you like delving the uncertain waters of often disturbing ideas, of unrequited romance, and bitter triumphs, this is the fantasy book for you. Oh, and the Reaping magic is atom-bomb overpowered, but at least it has the decency to drive the user into gibbering madness. I had high expectations for The Killing Moon. And considering that I was really interested in this book I hoped to truly fall in love in this case.
I never learn, do I? Don't get me wrong, The Killing Moon does have a lot of qualities, but it wasn't that good, not as much as I expect 3. Don't get me wrong, The Killing Moon does have a lot of qualities, but it wasn't that good, not as much as I expected anyway. The plot is really good. The novel itself has a rather nice structure; built on political intrigue and lies, The Killing Moon is indeed cleverly plotted. I think that the plot itself is the best thing about this novel, because it's complex without being confusing nor boring.
However, while plot-wise I'm really satisfied with this one, the same can't be said of the characters. We follow three different characters from a third person pov , but honestly not all of them were exactly interesting. All in all I just did not connect with any of them and I didn't manage to feel for them. That doesn't mean that they weren't fully developed characters, not at all, but even though they were well developed and had distinct personalities I did not cheer for them, not really.
Another, smaller, complaint I have is that Jemisin isn't that good with world-building. She has this awesome settings and ideas in her hands yes, I'm talking about THTK too but she has never truly amazed me, which is something that I kind of require from a good fantasy.
Jan 27, Nikki rated it it was amazing Shelves: queer , fantasy. I saved this duology for quite a while before reading, because I don't know when there'll be more of Jemisin's work for me to enjoy. And enjoy it always is: I was warned that my anxiety issues might be sparked a bit by the world set up here, but they weren't. God, I loved the characters. Ehiru just -- at first I feared that he might be too sure of himself, too arrogant, or perhaps even worse, too perfect. But he wasn't perfect, and I ached for him, and for Nijiri because of how much he loved him.
I loved that I hoped hopelessly for a happier end, for something I knew Jemisin wouldn't give her readers easily, or straightforwardly. And I loved the sense of peace at the end, the sense that despite everything, there could still be calm, there could still be love. I loved the concept of the Gatherers, and I loved that we saw both sides of that story. I love that that isn't straightforward, either: that sometimes the Gatherers take people unwillingly, even if it's with peace and with love, and that the ethical issues there are so complicated.
I loved that I felt pity for all involved, that there was no straightforward evil.
A Dreaming Moon
Except perhaps I can, because ach, I don't want to have no more of her work lined up to read. I think technically this falls somewhere between four and five stars for me: four for the plot, but five for how attached I got to Ehiru. So I'll give it five. Readers also enjoyed.
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