Loved it. At the heart of this unrest are three characters:.
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Wanahomen, son of the mad king Eninket, is the Prince that vows to retake his city and prise it free from the grips of the Hetawa and Kisuati, both groups he hates passionately. Hanani, the first and only female member of the Hetawa as a Sharer-Apprentice, gifted with the ability to heal and to kill. Tiaanet, a Shunha noblewoman whose beauty is beyond compare, but guards a terrible secret and endures the horrific, repeated abuse of her father. Hanani is an amazing protagonist and easily my favorite character of the book — strong, earnest, and dedicated to her life as a Sharer, Hanani grows so much over the course of The Shadowed Sun as she realizes, fully, what she wants.
On that note, I loved the closer look at the different tensions and societies within the world of The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun — while the first book laid out the delicate tensions between Gujaareh and the Kisuati, this second novel also examines the desert tribes of the Banbarra, enemies of the Gujaareen but banded together to achieve a common goal.
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Like Hanani, Wana grows and changes over the course of the book no small part due to his interactions with Hanani and their burgeoning relationship , and I admire that it all happens organically, believably. Which brings me to Tiaanet. The horror that she has had to endure, the manner in which she withdraws from emotion, the truth of Tantufi…it is poignant stuff. Tiaanet plays an integral part of this novel, and as hard as some parts of her story are to read, hers is a story that should be read.
This is a truly wonderful book, and closes the duology on a sweet, pitch-perfect note. While I still think that The Killing Moon is my favorite of the two books, The Shadowed Sun is without a doubt one of the finest fantasy novels I have or likely will read this year. There were two hundred and fifty-six places where a man could hide within his own flesh. She had searched his heart and brain and gut, though the soul visited those organs less often than layfolk thought.
She had examined his mouth and eyes, the latter with special care.
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Piles of rubble loomed out of the twilit mists—crumbling structures so titanic that each single brick would dwarf a man, so foreign in design that she could not fathom their purpose. A palace? A temple?
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Camouflage, regardless. Beneath her feet the dust gleamed, something more than mica: each step displaced a million stars. She took care to put them all back in her wake. To find the soldier, Hanani would have to first deal with the setting. It was simple enough to will the ruins into order, which she did by crouching to touch the ground. Threads of dreamichor, yellow-bright and gleaming, laced from her fingertips and etched the ground for a moment before vanishing into it.
A breath later, the dust skittered up to seal cracked stone; the harbinger of change.
Then the earth split and the ground shook as great bricks righted themselves and flew through the air, clattering together to form columns and walls. All around her, had she chosen to watch, the outlines of a monstrous city took shape against the gradient sky. But when the city was whole, she rose and moved on without looking. There was far more important work to be done.
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After first passing a stone archway, Hanani paused and turned back to examine it. The arch was man-height, the only thing of normal proportions in the dreamscape.
Beyond the arch lay the same shadows that shrouded all — no. And nightmares: a mysterious and deadly plague haunts the citizens of Gujaareh, dooming the infected to die screaming in their sleep. Trapped between dark dreams and cruel overlords, the people yearn to rise up -- but Gujaareh has known peace for too long.
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Someone must show them the way. Hope lies with two outcasts: the first woman ever allowed to join the dream goddess' priesthood and an exiled prince who longs to reclaim his birthright.
Together, they must resist the Kisuati occupation and uncover the source of the killing dreams Jemisin excels at worldbuilding and the inclusion of a diverse mix of characters makes her settings feel even more real and vivid. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Killing Moon Author N. Locus Magazine. Retrieved 8 October Publishers Weekly. Strange Horizons. Jemisin's The Killing Moon". Slant Magazine.
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