* Review copies mailed to the genre, national and blogging press* Featured on www.orbitbooks.net and in the Orbit ezine* Author website at www.nkjemisin.com
N.K Jemisin is a career counselor, political blogger and would-be gourmand living in New York City. She's been writing since the age of 10, although her early works will never see the light of day.
There's a truly epic plot, and incredibly well-rounded characters . . . It also has one of the best endings I've read for ages . . . [A] strong recommendation. - TheBookBag.co.uk
Gujaareh, the city-state of dreams, is an occupied nation under the heavy hand of the Kisuati. Wanahomen, son of the insane ruler deposed by the foreigners and slain by the priest-assassins of the Hetawa (as described in The Killing Moon), could free his city from its oppressors, but he will need the support of patriots, ambitious aristocrats, Banbarra nomads, and the Hetawa themselves. The priests know Gujaareh needs a leader, but wonder whether Wanahomen carries his father's madness; they send Hanani, the first woman admitted to the ranks of the dream-healers, to both aid Wanahomen and spy on him. As factions negotiate and scheme, a deadly nightmare virus spreads through Gujaareh. Jemisin eschews simplistic adventure tropes for a nuanced approach. Some Kisuati are admirable, some of Wanahomen's allies are despicable, and the drive to free Gujaareh requires finding common ground for disparate agendas. The characters often fall flat, as does the romance between Hanani and Wanahomen, and rape and abuse are discomfitingly prominent themes, but the political intrigue and unusual setting are compelling and satisfying. Agent: Lucienne Diver, the Knight Agency. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Gujaareh, 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. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.