Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Book Recommendation: The Broken Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin

Book Two in The Inheritance Trilogy 

The Broken Kingdoms was, in some ways, a necessary sequel to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms in that it addressed the far-reaching consequences of the events of the first book. It also complements THTK by featuring a protagonist who is a commoner, rather than a noble. This allows readers to get a much fuller view of the world outside of the Arameri palace. Like its predecessor, The Broken Kingdoms has a really cool mythos and a high-stakes plot.

However, I didn't love this book the way I loved The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Oree's magical ability was really cool, but I wasn't won over by her as a character. (Though I'm sure a lot of people will appreciate the way N.K. Jemisin avoided the "magical cure" trope.) Most of the secondary characters weren't very well developed. There was also too much of a focus on the romance for my liking.

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