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The Kingdom of Gods (Inheritance Series #3)
     

The Kingdom of Gods (Inheritance Series #3)

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by N. K. Jemisin
 

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The incredible conclusion to the Inheritance Trilogy, from one of fantasy's most acclaimed stars.

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 Arameri's ruthless grip is slipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending

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The Kingdom of Gods 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Lord_Pendragon More than 1 year ago
A novel that focuses on emotional bonds, characterization, and personal conflicts. If you are looking for sword-fighting or armies clashing you'll be disappointed, but battles of will, cruel and complex plots, betrayal, love, and surprising but logical plot twists abound. Well-written technically. Jemisin creates an interesting world based on a unique take on gods, godhood, and the interaction of such with humanity. Some of the main supporting characters are gods, though the protagonist herself is human. Some authors flounder when using gods in their fiction, but Jemisin shows a deft hand, making them at once immensely powerful and vulnerable to their own natures. This volume in particular focuses on Sieh, the eldest child of the Three. It's almost entirely from his point-of-view save for those few instances where he's unavailable, and does an amazing job of juxtaposing his godly nature over that of a vulnerable child struggling to grow up.
Natasa-WMYB More than 1 year ago
I really, really wanted to like this book. Having established her incredible writing chops in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdoms, I expected to be wowed away by N.K. Jemisin in her trilogy's finale. The verdict? ... eh. I'll get the bad parts out of the way first. One thing different about The Kingdom of Gods was the plot; in books 1 & 2 it was more structured and carefully paced, while book 3 felt all over the place, and more than once I found myself thinking “Great. What the HECK is going on now?” It needed more coherence. After that mess, the climax was a relieving, if anticlimactic, flop. Another sore point: Sieh. While interesting, I never found him compelling. I always think of a bratty kid when he comes to mind even after reading The Kingdom of Gods. I never got the sense that he actually matured. Sure, giving examples of refraining to act on childish impulses could be interpreted as maturity, but that didn't sell any points for me. Sieh's supposed to be a GOD. He's lived for thousands of years. He predates humanity. His experience is boundless in pretty much everything. Just because he's growing older doesn't mean he has to angst and melodrama his way through the book. (view spoiler) Having already expanded on worldbuilding in books 1 & 2 of Sky and Shadow, there wasn't much to go on here. With a union of countries called The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, much is still left to the reader's conjecture. I don't know if this is deliberate for the enigma, but I would have preferred to discover another place for the events in this book to transpire. If it wasn't for the above, this book would get full stars. Because it's original. The idea of an all-powerful figure falling to destitution might be somewhat of a stereotype in epic fantasy, and I think this is both the strength and weakness of The Kingdom of Gods. It seemed books 1 & 2 were more familiar with the generic idea of the hero being plucked from obscurity and into political intrigue and adventure, while book 3 meets with mixed success. It lacks that OOMPH that made its predecessors shine. As it stands, it's merely good. But it makes up for that because the prose is FANTASTIC. Despite this book's drawbacks I managed to devour it in one day, it's a page turner if you will. It's not often that I get utterly sucked into a story, but this kind of writing does that to you. This is QUALITY. I'm telling you aspiring authors, if you ever write epic fantasy make sure you have N.K. Jemisin on your shelf for divine inspiration. Overall, The Kingdom of Gods was OK. Not too bad, not too good. But know that I'll definitely be reading N.K. Jemisin's future works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed that everything was wrapped up as nicely as it could have been. And loved the glimpse of Oree and Shiny again..I enjoyed their story in the second book. My complaint was that sometimes the storyline got a bit confusing and it was hard to keep track.
Camboron More than 1 year ago
I think I could have given this four stars, but I had to go with five. It's rare to feel like a trilogy is truly a trilogy, and not just one book broken up (like John Twelve Hawks), and N. K. did that with three well thought-out books. Also, the momentum from the first book carries over here, for this book simply cannot be enjoyed without the other two. So, FIVE STARS, if you count the journey from one to two to three. Sieh, a character from the first two, is the narrator of this one. When I first realized, I wondered if I could like the book with him as narrator, and I did, it completely succeeded. I hate reviews that talk about plot, that's what reading it, and book jackets are for, so, suffice to say, these books have it all: plot, characterization, wonderful world-building. And it's rare to find lurid and sensual bits that seem authentic without exaggeration or gratuitousness. Thanks for Miss Jemisen for adding all that in, and adding it in well. She really tapped into class struggle, hidden desires, shame, and worship. I never felt like her material was derivative, and can't wait for whatever is next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't start with this book! Read the series in order. In this we get a deeper understanding of the events and characters from the first two books.
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Laerlinn More than 1 year ago
I was sad to see this series end, as I really enjoyed it. The author has a beautiful evocative writing style and her characters leap from the pages. She is a favorite new find for me.
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Julia23rd More than 1 year ago
This book is okay. I like the twist and the development of the characters.
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*lights the shop on fire then walks away*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutly great finish to the series. Loved every minute.
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