The Kingdom of the Gods concludes N.K. Jemisin’s debut series roughly a century after book two, The Broken Kingdoms, by focusing on Sieh, who seems to be dying despite being a god. And, once again, the end of the world as we know it becomes a major plot point.
THE INHERITANCE TRILOGY garnered a lot of praise with each book. While I didn’t have quite the same level of response, I did find the series entirely engaging throughout, mostly due to the voice of the narrators and the creative use of the gods and their stories.
The Kingdom of the Gods is bothersomely overlong. It definitely lagged in places for me even though I enjoyed the overall story. I would have been happy to see it lose 100-150 or so pages. Sieh is a good choice of character and his dying adds a good sense of urgency to the storyline, an urgency that gets ramped up by the apocalyptic nature of another threat. The gods become deeper characters in this one, and the book as a whole has more of an emotional and philosophical heft to it than the prior two (another reason I bemoaned its too-long nature as it dilutes that heft a bit).
Overall, while I didn’t have the same blown-away reaction as many did, I was wholly engaged through nearly the entire trilogy with only a few patches of dead narrative space. The main characters are fully drawn, as are many of the secondary characters. I also liked the way the books explored serious themes throughout, especially themes of loneliness and power. I would have liked more worldbuilding and less romance, but those were relatively minor complaints compared to how the books mostly swept me along. Recommended.