The Awakened Kingdom

The Awakened Kingdom

Inheritance Trilogy, Book 3.5

eBook - 2014
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The long awaited sequel to the Inheritance trilogy — a novella by award winning author N. K. Jemisin where a godling must struggle to grow in the shadow of her parents. SOME TRUTHS MUST BE LEARNED THE HARD WAY... As the first new godling born in thousands of years — and the heir presumptive to Sieh the Trickster — Shill's got big shoes to fill. She's well on her way when she defies her parents and sneaks off to the mortal realm, which is no place for an impressionable young god. In short order she steals a demon's grandchild, gets herself embroiled in a secret underground magical dance competition, and offends her oldest and most powerful sibling. But for Eino, the young Darren man whom Shill has befriended, the god-child's silly games are serious business. Trapped in an arranged marriage and prohibited from pursuing his dreams, he has had enough. He will choose his own fate, even if he must betray a friend in the process — and Shill might just have to grow up faster than she thinks. This novella, THE AWAKENED KINGDOM takes place after the events of The Kingdom of Gods and will also be included in both the print and ebook ominbus of THE INHERITANCE TRILOGY in 12/14. The Inheritance Trilogy The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms The Broken Kingdoms The Kingdom of Gods The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition) Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction) The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella) For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out: Dreamblood Duology The Killing Moon The Shadowed Sun The Broken Earth series The Fifth Season
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780316259033
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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goddessbeth
Jan 17, 2019

This was a fun follow-on to one of my favorite fantasy series. It's poignant and emotional and rather socio-politically in the nose. The best way I can describe it is a coming-of-age told from the perspective of a new godling in the series' universe. So there's a bit of humor, and some really lovely passages about becoming yourself. But it's also about freedom, control, and trying to get balance in a world where those in power believe society is a zero-sum game. Rather than winning equality through war, the thrust of this is using your voice, individual decisions, and love to make the world better. But a lot better than I can paraphrase. Just read the trilogy, then read this novella. :)

mvkramer May 11, 2016

Normally, I don't read novellas - even by authors I like - because I find them unsatisfying. This one was great! I love seeing a little baby godling grow into herself, and I hope we'll get to see more of Shill in the future.

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