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Author: N. K. Jemisin Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Dreamblood Series Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781611134414
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The city burned beneath the Dreaming Moon.

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers - the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt.

But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh's great temple, Ehiru - the most famous of the city's Gatherers - must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess' name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh's alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill - or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic.

Dreamblood Duology
The Killing Moon
The Shadowed Sun

For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:

The Inheritance Trilogy
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
The Kingdom of Gods

The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)
Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)
The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)

The Broken Earth series
The Fifth Season
The Obelisk Gate
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Quotes & Awards

  • “An engaging and fast-paced read with some truly excellent and complicated worldbuilding…Ehiru and Nijiri are complicated and intersting characters, and the way Jemisin slowly reveals the workings of their religion and what it means to be corrupt make for an absolutely fascinating read.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Gripping…Immerses readers in an unfamiliar but enthralling world as well as a rousing political and supernatural adventure…Jemisin has created a fully developed secondary world that is an organic whole.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Sarah Zimmerman calmly helps construct a world of political intrigue. As the intrigue unfolds, Zimmer gives the impression that she’s discovering the complex relationships between the characters along with her listeners. With a steady pace, she injects her curiosity and wonder into the worldbuilding passages.”


  • “Explores the meaning of religion and the nature of faith…Shines for its remarkable characters and graceful prose. Jemisin’s fans and readers who enjoy China Miéville, Daniel Abraham, and Mike Resnick will embrace her attention to detail and the love of storytelling that infuses this novel.”

    Library Journal

  • “Jemisin’s patient worldbuilding and extraordinary attention to detail help frame and propel the complex plot, and she weaves subtle, emotionally complex relationships between the main characters…superior and fulfilling.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Fiction 2012
  • A 2013 World Fantasy Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A 2012 Nebula Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A 2013 Locus Award Finalist

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/23/2014

    " Will read no 2 of this series. Enjoyed the concepts presented. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruby | 1/16/2014

    " Unique plot. Looking forward to the next installment! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 1/11/2014

    " I..was not expecting that ending. I was pleasantly surprised! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 12/3/2013

    " N.K. Jemisin is cementing her status as the new star in great fantasy with interesting and startling world-building. Her non-eurocentric setting and characters are are welcome change from the white people with swords trope we've seen done over and over and over again, with nothing new or fresh being brought to the tale. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 12/1/2013

    " N K Jemisin is one of the most interesting fantasy writers I've seen in quite a while. I've really enjoyed all four of her books so far. The Killing Moon comes down to earth a bit from the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms series. There aren't any gods for main characters, just people -- albeit powerful, unusual people. That made it easier for me to immerse myself and feel for the characters. Lots of vivid drama, and some highly questionable ethics to hold my attention. And, like Bujold, Jemisin seems to believe that writing a series doesn't mean you don't have to end each book. That is, this book has a complete story arc, not a cliffhanger. Yay! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 librarianh20 | 11/28/2013

    " Strong new fantasy series. I enjoyed the world and the well-drawn characters. I'm interested to see where the series is headed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 11/23/2013

    " Maybe I need to start reading more fantasy because I really enjoyed this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/28/2013

    " I love N.K. Jemisin's prose. She is a wonderful story teller. The Inheritance Trilogy was a work of art. Killing Moon has fantastical world building, the writing eloquent however I failed to have a connection with the characters. It is worth a read as a very unique premise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmalee | 5/11/2013

    " Egyptology based and dreams. N.K. Jemisin is a fantastic world builder. Hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Franck | 5/10/2013

    " A nice book overall, but I have to admit that I had some troubles getting into the story and getting attached to the characters... I would definitely give another chance to the author since she has a real writing talent, but I guess maybe this one was just not really for me. Too bad! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/16/2013

    " Monsters! Short and sweet review. I liked it. Mysticism and monsters. It was a little slow at first but by the end it picks up. The ending was wonderful. Not a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/17/2012

    " Jemisin is a great story teller. Sometimes, I feel I don't connect with her characters, but I loved them in this book. Good book and I appreciate that there is no cliffhanger to wait for the next book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leina | 8/31/2012

    " For some reason it took me forever to get through this book. I really enjoyed it but I could only read a few pages at a time. Even though the plot was really predictable and for some reason it took me a while to get into it, the world building was spectacular and the book was a delight to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/30/2012

    " My Thanksgiving holiday went by in a blur as spent most of it in The Dreamblood duology. What a pleasure! Highly recommended! "

About the Author

N. K. Jemisin is an American author who won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for both The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate. She previoiusly won the Locus Award for her first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and her short fiction and novels have been nominated multiple times for Hugo, World Fantasy, and Nebula awards and shortlisted for the Crawford and the James Tiptree, Jr. awards. She is a science fiction and fantasy reviewer for the New York Times.

About the Narrator

Sarah Zimmerman is an actress and Audie Award–nominated narrator. She has performed on Broadway, in regional theaters across America, and in numerous guest-starring TV roles. She is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and the Old Globe/USD.