Opening line: ‘I remember that it was midmorning.’
The great city of Sky has become overshadowed by the World Tree. New gods suddenly fill the streets, spreading magic and changing the theology of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms that has remained unchanged for millenia. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, sells souveniers to tourists and pilgrims who come to see the World Tree. One day, Oree takes in a homeless man who needs help. Then someone starts murdering godlings, leaving their bodies mutilated and discarded. Oree’s act of kindness and her strange houseguest drags her into the feuds of the gods themselves.
The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin is the second in a trilogy, following after The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Much has changed between the two books due to the ending of the first that I suspect you could read the second book on its own. The backstory of major (divine) events are revealed over the course of the story, allowing the reader to discover the confusing world of the gods and magic along with Oree. I’ve enjoyed both The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdoms; Jemisin writes fresh, interesting fantasy. I enjoy it because it is new; this fantasy isn’t derivative of most other high fantasy out there. I look forward to reading the next in the trilogy, The Kingdom of the Gods, and will keep Jemisin’s name on my radar when looking for new books to read.