The Killing Moon (Dreamblood Series #1)

The Killing Moon (Dreamblood Series #1)

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by N. K. Jemisin
     
 

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The city burned beneath the Dreaming Moon.

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers - the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those

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The city burned beneath the Dreaming Moon.

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers - the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt.

But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh's great temple, Ehiru - the most famous of the city's Gatherers - must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess' name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh's alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill - or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic.
Dreamblood DuologyThe Killing MoonThe Shadowed Sun
For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:
The Inheritance Trilogy The Hundred Thousand KingdomsThe Broken KingdomsThe Kingdom of Gods
The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition) Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction) The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)
The Broken Earth series The Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk Gate

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[A] gripping series launch... as well as a rousing political and supernatural adventure."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)"

Shines for its remarkable characters and graceful prose."—Library Journal "

In The Killing Moon, Jemisin displays her usual skill at portraying a world whose contours seem simple at first but which quickly break down into something much more complex and dissonant. The world is so fully fleshed out that I could breathe its spices, while the story and characters are so much a part of the world that you could not pull this story or these people out and plug them into a different setting. Jemisin proves yet again that she is one of the important new writers in the sff scene."—Kate Elliott, author of Cold Fire, on The Killing Moon."

An engaging and fast-paced read with some truly excellent and complicated worldbuilding, The Killing Moon is the first of two planned books. Ehiru and Nijiri are complicated and interesting characters, and the way Jemisin slowly reveals the workings of their religion and what it means to be corrupt make for an absolutely fascinating read."—RT Book Reviews"

Ah N.K. Jemisin, you can do no wrong.... The blend of cultures and lore she draws on to make this very unique world is just stunning, and the fact that she inhabits it with such 3-dimensional characters is even more impressive.... If you want to get away from traditional fantasy world-building, but keep the compelling characters and deep lore, definitely pick this up!!"—Felicia Day

Kate Elliott
"In The Killing Moon, Jemisin displays her usual skill at portraying a world whose contours seem simple at first but which quickly break down into something much more complex and dissonant. The world is so fully fleshed out that I could breathe its spices, while the story and characters are so much a part of the world that you could not pull this story or these people out and plug them into a different setting. Jemisin proves yet again that she is one of the important new writers in the sff scene."
RT Book Reviews
"An engaging and fast-paced read with some truly excellent and complicated worldbuilding, The Killing Moon is the first of two planned books. Ehiru and Nijiri are complicated and interesting characters, and the way Jemisin slowly reveals the workings of their religion and what it means to be corrupt make for an absolutely fascinating read."
Felicia Day
"Ah N.K. Jemisin, you can do no wrong.... The blend of cultures and lore she draws on to make this very unique world is just stunning, and the fact that she inhabits it with such 3-dimensional characters is even more impressive.... If you want to get away from traditional fantasy world-building, but keep the compelling characters and deep lore, definitely pick this up!!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316202770
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Dreamblood Series , #1
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
69,563
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author whose short fiction and novels have been nominated multiple times for the Hugo, the World Fantasy Award, and the Nebula, shortlisted for the Crawford and the Tiptree, and have won the Locus Award. She is a science fiction and fantasy reviewer for the New York Times, and her novel The Fifth Season was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. Her website is nkjemisin.com.

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The Killing Moon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a first-rate fantasy by one of the top authors in the field. It's completely different from her first trilogy (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, etc.) yet there's a sense of familiarity. Gods are a little too close to humanity. Heroes fall hard. The romance you think you see coming isn't at all what you thought it would be. The first few chapters took a bit of concentration to decipher, but after that the pace picked up nicely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But...I enjoyed the book 3 or 4 stars. This tale was a lot simpler then the previous series of this author. The last series and world created was so much denser and richer, and as someone who loves world building and mythology and religion...it was a better/richer experience for me. While that series explored worship from the point of view of the Gods. This current..now looks from the view of the worshipers. But it being simpler does not mean it wasn't good. The world created in this series is based on the geography, history and culture of Ancient Egypt a period I love to read about. The world was pretty well realized and the religion and magic made sense. The motivations of the antagonist and what drove him...while terrible...was also understandable. Nothing is worse than evil that thinks his evil is for the betterment of man. Everyone is a hero in their own mind. Everyone thinks their actions and their beliefs are the "correct and moral" one. But from the outside you could be someone else's evil. Overall..I enjoy the exploration of religion and worship and how it can lead to both good and evil. Intention might be good....but actions tell the truth. At least that is how I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm becoming a huge fan of this author. She has crazy talent for contructing fantasy worlds like I've never seen. Familiar enough to relate our world to but completely unique. One of my favorite things about her books is that she moves away from the traditional. This book not only doesn't take place in an European setting, it couldn't have. Written in a beautiful styling that feels like a dream. Recommended to any fan of high fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read with great characters and world builing. I'll be reading the next in thus series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking to get away from the standard European fantasy, this is a great place to go. Jemisin is a master at crafting deep, rich worlds to captivate the imagination and keep you turning pages. This book, set in a world based on Ancient Egypt, is no exception. The story and characters are extremely well written and original. Pick this up, you won't be sorry.
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WTE-K More than 1 year ago
NK Jemisin is one of my favorite up and coming fantasy authors right now. She tells her stories from a different point of view, has great world and character development, and introduces us to interesting magic systems and pantheons. I highly recommend any of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanted to leave my respect on this book's page as well. Ehiru is a brilliant character. This duology was a day and a half well spent.
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