My rating: 4/5
Date Read: 03 July 2017
Verdict: Still in love.
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 Arameris’ ruthless grip is slipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending war.
I liked this more as the conclusion of a trilogy than as a book in its own right. It is no secret that I am absolutely in love with N. K. Jemisin’s writing and her brilliant imagination. This book is not exception to this; it is in parts brilliant, poignant, moving, and beautifully crafted; however, for me it did not work quite as well as the previous two books in this trilogy.
This time around we follow Sieh – a decision I was immediately in love with because as you can see in my reviews for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdoms, he is one of my all-time favourite characters. In the beginning, I loved his narrative voice and the way it differed from both Yeine and Oree. Sadly being in his head proved to be not as much fun as I thought – as he becomes mortal early on he stops being quite so different and otherworldly and as such did not really feel like the Sieh we got to know earlier. I did adore his relationship to both Shahar and Deka in all its complicated and destructive glory, so there’s that.
Ultimately, this book is as much about Yeine as it is about Sieh (much in the way the first book was as much about Nahadoth as it was about Yeine, and the second was about Itempas as much as Oree) and I love what N. K. Jemisin did here. As the series progresses it becomes less clear black and white and becomes more grey: much like the gods and goddesses it concentrates on – I love how clever N. K. Jemisin’s overall plotting is and how tightly constructed and how brilliantly her metaphors work.
While I found this book a tad too long and Sieh’s voice not as convincing as N. K. Jemisin’s other protagonists’, it is still such a satisfying conclusion to a trilogy I adore. So, yes, still in love.
“She looks so much like Enefa, I think, the first time I see her.”