The Shadowed Sun, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (5 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780356500775



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I got what I was expecting (and hoping for) - an exploration of the implications of the worldbuilding set up in the first book, including gender relations, celibacy, governmental priorities, and the problem with prioritizing faith over reason. All examined in the course of an engaging story that looks at the consequences of the events of the last book on both a personal and a nation-wide level.<br/><br/>I also particularly enjoyed the contrast between the "civilized" people and the "barbarians" - in quotes because both are presented as reasonable ways of dealing with different circumstances, and some of the "civilized" assumptions about right and wrong are specifically challenged as being born of privilege. Not something you see very often when desert tribes show up in a fantasy novel.

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Another great book by N.K. Jemisin. This one was an easier read than the first in the series, and I liked the characters more. The world is still a great place to read about. I wasn't totally sure about the ending, but I guess we have to trust Hanani.

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Ten years after the first book in this series, you get to see some of the old characters, as well as some new ones.<br/><br/>After the events in the first book, Gujaareh and Hananja suffer under the oppressive rule of Kisuati, and there is a new plague in the city - nightmares that are taking the rich and the poor, the noble and the servants, children, men and women - without discrimination.<br/><br/>N.K. Jemisin also introduces the Banbarra - a matriarchal, barbaric, nomadic tribe where Wanahomen took refuge with his mother (even if they were slaves initially). I really liked the Banbarra, they have their own ways and traditions and the author takes her time to let you see them.<br/><br/>You get to see Sunandi again, and Nijiri, now a respected Gatherer that has reined in his rebellious nature (for the most part), and I was so glad that he has made Ehiru proud with the man he has grown into. I was also glad to see they became good friends after the first book.<br/><br/>The two main characters of this book are practically outcasts - Hanani, the Sharer (healers), the first woman to be accepted in what is essentially a "<i>brother</i>hood", and Wanahomen, the exiled prince. (Sidenote: I just love the names N.K. Jemisin comes up with!)<br/>I was wary of this pairing because, if handled wrong, it could have turned out really cliche. But no, I ended up loving their story, it's different.<br/><br/>I loved Wanahomen! Gosh, I was crushing on him so bad. He has this honorable sense about him, the confidence because he knows and believes being the prince is his birthright, and even within the tribe he was living in, he never loses that - but he was humble at the same time. Incredibly smart. He is essentially a good man, but he has so many flaws - once again, it's all shades of gray with Jemisin - everyone is right, everyone is wrong, but Wana was just... he was dreamy and that added a lot to me picking his side and rooting for his cause (as shallow as that makes me, I love my alpha male heroes).<br/><br/>I also loved Hanani - when I say a strong female character, she comes to mind. She was happy with the path she was on, but in the end, she makes a choice on where that path will lead her. I liked that.<br/><blockquote><i>“Demons and shadows, you truly are the strangest woman I’ve ever met! It makes no sense at all that I want you.”</i></blockquote><br/>Unlike the first book which I felt lacked in the romance department, this one did have romance in it, and I really, really liked it because it was different, and I think some of the things about it, like the ending, step out of the norm. I need to write about it as a romance reader again - there's no insta-love, as a matter of fact these two are on two different sides, Hanani is his hostage, <i>and</i> she's practically celibate because she's a priestess, and he is so out of her league (because he's a prince, you know). It's not just a setup for romance, they really are on two opposing sides in a very serious situation and it's bigger than a prince falling in love with a priestess. They get to know and respect each other, and their relationship has nothing to do with physical attraction. I loved them.<br/><br/>Again, I loved the writing. It's very detailed and flowing nicely, and I liked the pace in The Shadowed Sun much more than in The Killing Moon. It was perfect and the book was un-put-downable :D.<br/><br/>The author deals with domestic, sexual abuse in this book, as well, and honestly, I felt the horror of Tiaanet's day-to-day basis. Also, be warned, you may not like the person who... takes part in this abuse, as mislead as he was. I was really disappointed.<br/><br/>Unlike the first book, there are sex scenes in this one, but they are...not graphic in the way you're used to. You know what's happening, but the author doesn't spell it out in detailed descriptions. I felt it worked with the book. And just be warned, there are scenes of abuse.<br/><br/>So yeah, I'd say this second book was just as good, if not better, than the first one. And I definitely recommend this series, I wish more people would read it.

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Loved this! Such a rich, vivid world, and a fascinating religion/magic system. And I especially love the many different female characters present in this story, and how each has a different experience interacting with the gender roles and power structures within her society.

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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.<br/>

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