The Broken Kingdoms

Orbit: Hachette. (Inheritance Trilogy, Bk. 2). Nov. 2010. c.416p. ISBN 9780316043960. pap. $13.99. FANTASY
Blind artist Oree Shoth takes in a homeless man out of kindness. Soon afterward, the desecrated bodies of murdered godlings begin turning up in the city, and Oree suspects that her guest, who appears as a shining figure to her sightless eyes, might be at the center of a conspiracy. Oree's attempt to unravel the mystery of "Shiny" (as she calls her guest) endangers her and those she loves. Set in the same world as The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, where gods dwell inconspicuously among mortals and kinship does not always mean love, Jemisin's latest novel can be read separately from its predecessor, though the two books expand on a fascinating world with an unusual cosmology.
VERDICT Jemisin's talent as a storyteller should make her one of the fantasy authors to watch in the coming years.
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