The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo nominated debut, was one of the first novels I reviewed, at which time I said:
Jemisin presents a style that is uniquely intimate. I often felt like a voyeur lurking on the outskirts of something I shouldn’t be seeing. It is beautifully written and brims with emotion.
While I haven’t managed to read the subsequent two volumes in the Inheritance Trilogy, the outstanding nature of the first novel put The Killing Moon on my radar as soon as it was announced for 2012 release.
To anyone paying attention to genre scuttlebutt, it’s common knowledge that Jemisin is one of the more outspoken proponents of bringing new points of view to the fantasy lexicon. Whether that means non-western cultures, strong female characters, or more challenging narrative structures, she’s practiced what she preaches. In The Killing Moon the focus is more on the first two, eschewing the more complex narratives of her past work. The result is a plot oriented novel that will appeal to traditional fans of high fantasy as well as those tired of reading recycled characters and worlds. Read More »