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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (632 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: N. K. Jemisin Narrator: Sarah Zimmerma Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dreamblood Series Release Date:
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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 only 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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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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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." "

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