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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: June 2012 ISBN: 9781611132281
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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.

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

  • “Jemisin…brings to life an exotic world of gentleness and savagery, of dreams and their dangers, and, first and foremost, of people who struggle to remain true to themselves. Verdict: The author’s exceptional ability to tell a compelling story and her talent for worldbuilding have assured her place at the forefront of fantasy.”

    Library Journal

  • “The second book of the Dreamblood series is even better than the first…Jemisin excels at worldbuilding and the inclusion of a diverse mix of characters makes her settings feel even more real and vivid.”

    RT Book Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 2/7/2014

    " Good book, a fun read. It got a little "women are goddesses" for me towards the end, but overall has some great passages. And so nice to read about people other than white doods doing white dood things:p "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 2/2/2014

    " Oh, this was so utterly brilliant, I thoroughly enjoyed it and devoured The Shadowed Sun in a couple of nights. Even better than The Killing Moon as the story contains a number of unexpected twists and characters who really engaged me. It's set about ten years after The Killing Moon with several of the same protagonists, and a number of new ones. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 1/28/2014

    " The second in the Dreamblood series was easier for me to grasp, since I felt like I better understood the details of the magic and worldbuilding. We also get to see a new culture, the Banbarra, composed of tribes of desert nomads. The comfort of returning to the already established world allowed me to bump up the rating a little higher. I also really love the protagonist, Hanani. A lot is made of "strong female" characters in fantasy, but usually they're strong by virtue of their fighting prowess. Hanani, however, is shy, reserved, and doesn't deal well with verbal or physical conflict. I still felt like she was a strong character, because she clearly had courage by always trying to do the right thing, and she had a certain amount of power due to her position that she wielded in innovative ways. As the plot moved her along, she responded to the change in her position admirably. She's also the first female Sharer of the Hetawa, and (view spoiler)[in the end, she gets to decide what that means (hide spoiler)]. I was considerably less comfortable with other aspects of the book, including sexualized violence and abuse. I don't know what to do with that here, since it seems to fit the story, and in the end, it didn't affect my rating. But it did make it difficult for me to finish the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sumayyah | 1/28/2014

    " Sharer-Apprentice Hanani - the first female in the Hetawa - and (exiled) PRince Wanahomen meet in a time of strife and danger. Gujaareh is under siege from the Kisuati, and Prince Wanahomen is gathering supporters to fight a war to take back his rightful place on the throne. Add a Wild Dreamer to the explosive situation, and people find out the hard way that dreams can kill. Set 10 years after the events of "The Killing Moon." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachele | 1/27/2014

    " Even better than the first. I preferred the main characters in this one to those in The Killing Moon. Nothing I write can do this justice. Just wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherryl | 1/20/2014

    " Not as tightly written as the first book The Killing Moon but in some ways more satisfying. Mostly because I like the characters that populate the novel more. But like other books by the author some weakness at the end is noticeable. The writing as always is standard Jemisin, very hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 1/15/2014

    " This book is one of her best yet. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/11/2013

    " Another great book from NK Jemisin; I didn't want to leave this world and hope there are more stories set there. Like the first book, this story is complete in itself, tasking place 10 years after the first "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmalee | 11/1/2013

    " set 10 years after the first book, this one takes a look at the first female sharer (healer) in the priesthood and the city as it has deal under oppressive rule. An excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 10/25/2012

    " Excellent story with a great style. Jemisin is definitely on my buy-immediately list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 9/1/2012

    " Amazing read, as usual. Ms. Jemisin has never yet failed to deliver. Count me among her fans-for-life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia | 8/29/2012

    " WOW! Compelling despite myself! Long time since I've had to stay up and finish a book! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/11/2012

    " Took a long time for me to connect with the main characters, but once I did, this was a wonderful read. Read The Killing Moon first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nusaybah | 5/29/2012

    " There MUST be more to come in this series... And then again... I would also like to see what that "extra" at the back of the book becomes... "

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.