The Kingdom of Gods (N. K. Jemisin)

The Kingdom of Gods is the third book in The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin. [Here are my reviews of the other two.]

When Sieh, trickster god of childhood, returns to Sky after a long absence, things seem to be the same. But then he runs into Shahar and Dekarta, child heirs of the Arameri who have ruled the world for the past thousands years. Shahar and Dekarta are looking for somebody to play with just as much as Sieh and they become friends. But when they swear an oath on that, things suddenly change and Sieh finds himself mortal, alone and so very lost.

The Kingdom of Gods is nice, but honestly, I could hardly be less passionate about this book. Everything just washed over me and then it was gone without leaving much of a trace behind.

As much as I loved Sieh as a supporting character, he did not work for me as a main character. But then again “supporting characters being awesome, main characters not so much” seems to be a thing with Jemisin, at least with me. In The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, I loved Sieh and T’vril who don’t really get much time of the day. In The Broken Kingdoms, it was Rimarn and Hado. And in this book it was Dekarta (way, way, way too little of him), Glee and Ahad (the godling formerly known as Hado).

And it was particularly frustrating in this book because you could have made such a great story of Shahar and Dekarta, if the book hadn’t been about Sieh instead. (Or maybe that’s just me imagining things better than they would have been.) Not that the story was bad – I actually quite liked how it was resolved – but it just didn’t really give me the parts of it I wanted to read about.

Right around the middle of the book, I noticed that I had started to question the entire world-building, which I don’t actually think was called for, but it just showed my level of disengagement from the story. It’s never a good sign.

I was never that excited about the other books either, and this one just continued the trend. I didn’t really connect. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t pull me in.

Summarising: If you liked the first two books, you’ll probably like this one as well. If not, it won’t change your mind.

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