So it took a month, but I finally got done with N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy. I can honestly say that it was well worth the wait.
In The Kingdom of Gods, Lord Sieh, the god of tricks and childhood, is made mortal after making a vow of eternal friendship with two Arameri children. At first, Sieh expects to fit in and live a relatively normal life until his doting parents can find a solution for his predicament. However, when it turns out to only be a symptom of a much bigger problem, Sieh must do his best to help a world he had given up on.
I cannot fully express how much I love this series; it just touches on all of my little feels. The Kingdom of Gods is, hands down, the best book in the trilogy. The first two novels were pretty great, but the decision to have this particular story narrated by Sieh definitely paid off.
As the eldest child of the Three, Sieh has seen it all. Godlings, mortals and magic are nothing new to Sieh because he was witness to all of their births. However, though his age may be thousands of millennia, Sieh has only ever ben a child. His parents’ favorite child at that. And, ever since the Gods’ War, his siblings’ least favorite. One would even think that growing up is his antithesis, but he’s shown himself to be quite capable of it. It’s just not his nature.
This story talks a lot about family dynamics, and they come into play in a world where showing one’s feelings is a weakness. The Arameri have always been ruthless, but that does not mean that they don’t care. Bright Itempas has always been constant, but that does not mean that he is incapable of change.
I think what I loved most about this story is the way it allowed you to catch up with some of the older characters. We get to see Yeine and Itempas after a century of their respective godhood and mortality. Nahadoth’s copy gets to live a life on his own, and Sieh finally understands that even gods cannot be children forever.
While I would never recommend reading The Kingdom of Gods without first reading the rest of the Inheritance trilogy, I think that it’s quite possible to read this book, or any of the trilogy, alone. Still, in order to fully grasp everything that’s going on, you should always start from the beginning. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is about breaking the status quo; The Broken Kingdoms is about what got us to the point where the status quo even became necessary, whilst still establishing (and breaking) some rules. The Kingdom of the Gods gives you the one last rule for this universe, and then proceeds to turn it all on its head until everything breaks and starts something new.
The Kingdom of the Gods was truly a fantastic read that i hope others will enjoy just as much as I did. I think that N.K. Jemisin really cemented her place as a fantasy writer with this series.