The Shadowed Sun

Orbit: Hachette. (Dreamblood, Bk. 2). Jun. 2012. c.528p. ISBN 9780316187299. pap. $14.99. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarGujaareh, fabled city of dreams where peace is the only law, now bears the burden of conquest by the Kisuati Protectorate. Worse than the harassment of people in the streets by Kisuati soldiers, a plague sweeps through the city, killing people with nightmares of madness. Hanani, the first woman allowed into the healing priesthood of the goddess Hananja, and Wanahomen, an outcast prince of the Banbarra tribe, form an unlikely partnership dedicated to freeing Gujaareh from its conquerors and finding the cause of the nightmares. This sequel to The Killing Moon features some of the same characters, but tells a larger and very different story as a nonviolent people learn to fight for their freedom. Jemisin ("The Inheritance Trilogy") brings to life an exotic world of gentleness and savagery, of dreams and their dangers, and, first and foremost, of people who struggle to remain true to themselves.
VERDICT The author's exceptional ability to tell a compelling story and her talent for worldbuilding have assured her place at the forefront of fantasy.
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