50 Books by Authors of Color: Book 37
Title: The Broken Kingdoms
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Ten years following the events of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms readers find themselves in the city of Shadow, just outside of Sky. The protagonist is Oree, a blind woman who makes her living selling sculptures and other small handmade trinkets in the market. Oree has a secret though, while she is blind, she can see magic. Since the events that occurred in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms the godlings (the demigod children of the original three gods) have returned in full force and Oree can see them and other magical creatures of which the city of Shadow is full. Her main companion is a man whom she calls Shiny, who doesn’t speak, just occasionally dies and resurrects himself.
For those who read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Shiny’s true identity is easy to ascertain, but because the that occur in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms are not widely known – but I won’t spoil that here – . When a female godling is found brutally murdered in an alley among mortals Oree and Shiny are the primary suspects. When Oree uses magic quite unexpectedly attention is cast among The Three, Godlings, and a sect of people believed to be the true followers of Itempas which lead Oree and Shiny to discover more about who they really are than any person wanted to know, or wanted to believe they were able to know.
I don’t want to spoil what happens in the book, and I can’t really say what this one is about than to spoil how the first one ends. All I can say, is that if you enjoy science fiction with strong female role models, then you should read both this and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. I think that Broken Kingdoms is the stronger written book and I think Oree is a more relatable character. Yenine was the type of strong woman I want to be, Oree is more the slightly wounded, vulnerable but independent and adventure seeking type I pretend to be online.
I can’t wait to read The Kingdom of Gods.
Overall Rating: 5/5
Hey that’s two books in a row that I read that were repeat authors that weren’t Jacqueline Woodson!