The Broken Kingdoms

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 strange homeless man on an impulse. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city. And Oree’s guest is at the heart of it…


“The very best kind of sequel: as lush and evocative and true as the first, with all the same sense of mystery, giving us the world and characters we already love, and yet with a new story and a wonderfully new perspective on the whole dazzling world and pantheon the author has built.”Naomi Novik

From Publishers Weekly (a starred review):

New authors often falter when following up on a noteworthy debut, but Jemisin proves more than up to the challenge… Hesitant, impoverished Oree is very different from Jemisin’s previous heroine, politician-princess Yeine, and she proves just as compelling as she investigates the murder and her own mysterious heritage. Returning fans will especially appreciate certain details, but this novel stands on its own and is worth reading purely for its own strengths.

From Romantic Times (a “Top Pick” review):

The second in Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy takes place ten years after the first, but is intimately connected with it. Told from Oree’s point of view, the narrative voice is authoritative and original — this is a book that readers won’t be able to put down… A magnificent novel and one of the best books this reviewer has read this year.

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