The Killing Moon

 Gujaareh is a nation at peace.  The streets are safe, the people ruled fairly and wisely by the un-corrupt.  There is no sickness or poverty and the old die in dignity.  Ehiru brother, a priest of Hananja, is also at peace.  His job is to administer the holy laws that protect the virtues of the great city.

Too good to be true?  Follow Ehiru and his faithful apprentice as they uncover the truth behind Gujaareen power and the hand they unwittingly play in it, and then decide.

In The Killing Moon N.K. Jemisin introduces an intriguing new concept; the art of Narcromancy (not to be confused with necromancy).  Furthermore, she conjures a society based on euthanasia that somehow feels both just and civilised.  This alone makes for a good and interesting tale.

Add to the mix an adequately visualised setting, a clever calendar system and key characters that are both engaging and spinning in emotional turmoil, and you have here a jolly good read.  If I have one small criticism it is that the book lacks that little something in the ending that causes you to mourn its passing and wanting more, more, more.

PS.  The writer provides a glossary at the back of the book.  Why the back?  Best you know that before you start eh!  For me a map (at the front) would have been more useful.  I do so love a good map!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: N. K. Jemisin
  • Series: Dreamblood (1)
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