The gods have broken free after centuries of slavery, and the world holds its breath, fearing their vengeance. The saga of mortals and immortals continues in The Broken Kingdoms. In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living sun to her strange sight.
This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy.
Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city. Oree's peculiar guest is at the heart of it, his presence putting her in mortal danger - but is it him the killers want, or Oree? And is the earthly power of the Arameri king their ultimate goal, or have they set their sights on the Lord of Night himself?
©2010 N.K. Jemisin (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"please give us book number 3, audible overlords!!!"
incredible work by ms. jemisin! I have listened to all of her books now, but wish the final book in this trilogy was available on audible! her writing is unlike any other; dreamlike and poetic. she is a storytelling shaman - weaving you into intricate otherworldly realms that you never want to leave...! now that I am done listening to all of her available books I am promptly going to listen to all of them again!
"Very enjoyable new epic fantasy"
This series is set in an invented world in which gods and their offspring walk or live among human beings, something like Greek mythology. There is something very fresh about Jemisin's approach to the genre. In this book, the narrator is a blind street artist who is only able to see magic, which she perceives as glowing light, or her own paintings. A narrator who can't see most of the action makes for a challenging portal through which to explore a strange world, but the author makes it work, playing off the tension between what Ori can't perceive and the heightened perceptions of her other senses. Also she's vulnerable, a very humble, down-to-earth person, so she also "sees" the social order of the novel from a perspective that all the more powerful characters cannot. This one is not in the least predictable. The narrator occasionally seems to be in over her head, but mostly does fine. I frequently found myself lingering over chores and even extending my gym workouts because I was so eager to hear what happened next.
"This has become a new favorite."
I enjoyed this more than the first book of the trilogy, Looking forward to the third book!
"A Thoroughly Enjoyable Tale"
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. The world-building within the novel is excellent. It is a standalone book within the series (as all three of the novels are, I have heard) so you don't have to read its predecessor to know what's going on. The romance is subtle most of the time, but it's believable and enjoyable.
The plot is intricately woven at parts. The characters grow and change in believable ways. I began the novel heavily disliking one character for many reasons, but two-thirds of the way through, I learned to understand him and he became one of my favorite characters. There's such a depth to the story that you feel like you need time between listens to unravel what's going on.
I highly enjoyed the voices that Casaundra Freeman gave the characters. Some male characters had similar voices to each other, but every important character had an easily distinguishable, believable voice. Her narration style perfectly fits the first person narration style of the main character Oree.
My one recommendation to future listeners is to look up the names of the most important characters within the novel while listening to the audiobook. A few names were difficult to understand because of their fantasy nature until I saw them in writing.
This book is full of action, interesting ideas, and further explores the world first shown to us in the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. In that book a lot of things changed, and here is a view from outside of the noble houses.
"So great! Need the 3rd book!!!!!"
The first two are off the charts. Brilliant, emotional, interesting, well-narrated, surprising. I need the next!
"I loved this book."
I also loved its predecessor in the series. I'm do unhappy that the third book of the series is not available on Audible.
"Can't wait to read the next book!"
I really enjoy reading God and Mortal books! The author has a very vivid imagination.
Wonderful Story! So real so fantasy! Amazing delivery. Great ending! Great continuation from The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.
It's hard to compare, but I would definitely rate in the list of favorites!
Freeman's performance is amazing. She has this lovely lilt to her voice, and she gives the characters, especially Sia, a little bit of attitude in her voice and it is wonderful!
The ending of the book. the narration stretches into agonizingly beautiful descriptions of the scenery, the characters, and the plot pinnacle. Love it!
This is a great book. I was absolutely captivated by it from start to finish.
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