The Shadowed Sun Audiobook, by N. K. Jemisin Play Audiobook Sample

The Shadowed Sun Audiobook

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Read By: Sarah Zimmerman Publisher: Orbit Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 12.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 9.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Dreamblood Series Release Date: June 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781611132281

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

47

Longest Chapter Length:

46:25 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

10:11 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

22:53 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

19

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Publisher Description

In the final book of NYT bestselling and three time Hugo-Award winning author N. K. Jemisin's Dreamblood Duology, a priestess and an exiled prince must join together to free the city of dreams from imperial rule.

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.

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"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."

— Crystal (4 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “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

The Shadowed Sun Listener Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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 "

    — Ashley, 2/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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! "

    — Kate, 2/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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." "

    — Sumayyah, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Rachele, 1/27/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Sherryl, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Veronica, 1/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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 "

    — Christine, 12/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Emmalee, 11/1/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Diana, 10/25/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Marci, 9/1/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Mia, 8/29/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Heather, 6/11/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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... "

    — Nusaybah, 5/29/2012

About N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is an American author who has won three consecutive Hugo Awards for Best Novel. Her work has also won the Nebula, Locus, and Goodreads Choice awards. She is a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and she has been an instructor for the Clarion and Clarion West writing workshops.

About Sarah Zimmerman

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.