The Killing Moon

Orbit: Hachette. (Dreamblood, Bk. 1). May 2012. c.448p. ISBN 9780316187282. pap. $14.99. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarThe desert city of Gujaareh is known as a peaceful society, free of violence and crime. To maintain the peace, Gatherers—priests of the goddess Hananja—police the city, siphoning the dreams of its residents and using them to heal, bring solace to the dying, and deliver death to the corrupt. When the city's most famous Gatherer, Ehiru, receives a commission to collect the dreams of a diplomat from a neighboring land, he and his apprentice Nijiri stumble into a web of political intrigue that could destroy their city and undermine its holy purpose. The author of the award-winning "Inheritance Trilogy" (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms; The Broken Kingdoms; The Kingdom of Gods) launches a new series that explores the meaning of religion and the nature of faith.
VERDICT This story, set in a world inspired by Africa and the Middle East, shines for its remarkable characters and graceful prose. Jemisin's fans and readers who enjoy China Miéville, Daniel Abraham, and Mike Resnick will embrace her attention to detail and the love of storytelling that infuses this novel.
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