Wednesday, 27 June 2012

FANTASY REVIEW: Dreamblood 2: The Shadowed Sun - NK Jemisin

Release Date: 21/06/12


Gujaareh, the city of dreams, suffers under the imperial rule of the Kisuati Protectorate. A city where the only law was peace now knows violence and oppression. 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. 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 ...before Gujaareh is lost forever.


I’ve always loved NK’s writing style since she burst onto the scene a few years ago. It’s addictive, it’s hard to put down and above all else it is a tale that is full of wonderful twists and turns. Add to this some solid characters, wonderful world building and of course a pace that really makes this a tale to savour.

Whilst perhaps not as fast paced or inventive as the original the authors writing style is what makes this tale work its way deep into the readers mind and keeps it there. Its almost as if NK has found either a magical spell to enthral or perhaps a way to create a word drug that just keeps you hooked. All in it’s a magical read and definitely an author that’s firmly on my TBR list for quite a few years to come. Great stuff.

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