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Friday, October 16, 2015

The Kingdom of Gods - N. K. Jemisin

This is the final book of the Inheritance Trilogy, and I wasn’t sure what to expect of it, going in.    It seemed like the three main gods - Nahadoth, Itempas and Enefa/Yeine - were well taken care of.    And actually, this is the story of Sieh, oldest of the godlings, the children of the original Three.

Sieh is the god of childhood, and has done his best to never grow up.    But after a period of freedom upon his initial release from the slavery of the Arameri family, he finds himself back in Sky, where he meets the newest heirs to the Aramari family – Sharar and her brother Dekarta.     Finding himself sympathetic to these children, what should have been a simple oath actually makes him mortal.

And so Sieh must navigate the changes to the Arameri family (as they figure out how they fit into the world now that they don’t control Nahadoth) as a mortal.     There are also other godlings about, and a plot to kill his friends.  

I’ll admit, this book wasn’t quite as satisfying as the others in the series.     The end result was actually deeply satisfying, but I can’t say I enjoyed the journey there as much as in the previous two books.     That’s not to say this isn’t still a good book – it’s more a commentary on how good the first two were, that this one had so much to live up to.

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