Book Review

The Dreamblood Duology by N.K. Jemisin

Rating: 4.5 / 5

I have really loved my past N.K. Jemisin reading, so when I saw a readalong for The Dreamblood duology, I of course had to immediately sign up.

THE KILLING MOON begins in Gujaareh, a place that is at peace thanks to the Gatherers who are tasked with keeping it. They use their dream energy based magic to send people off to an eternal peace if corrupt or to help those in need if not. There is however unrest beneath the surface and a conspiracy is at work to cover up the fact that not all are being sent off to peace and are instead dying in agony.

We follow three different POVs in the first book, a Gatherer, his apprentice and a woman who comes from another place where they don’t believe in the same deity as Gujaareh and see what the Gatherers do as wrong. In the second book, THE SHADOWED SUN, we change to new POVs and time jump a bit into the future where everyone is dealing with a plague based on dreams as well.

I went into these books fully expecting to love them and unfortunately they just didn’t pull me into the story. I can’t even say for sure entirely why that is. The writing was fantastic of course, but I didn’t feel especially compelled by the characters. In the first book there is a romantic pairing that was off putting to me (the characters knew each other when one was a child and the other an adult in an almost father figure role).

I did like the pairing quite a bit more in book two when we shift to a very different set of characters. I was following and enjoying their relationship and the details they were uncovering about the dream related plague so my enjoyment level was a lot higher, but I still didn’t feel the same level of love that I have for my other reads by this author.

In the end, I’m glad that I did at least give this duology a shot and the fact that it wasn’t a great fit for me doesn’t at all diminish the fact that I am a big N.K. Jemisin fan!

Reading Challenge:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a duology

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