Hi everyone, and welcome to the conclusion of our readalong of N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Kingdoms. This week’s questions were written by myself and cover chapter 17 through the end of the book.
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***The following discussion will contain massive spoilers. This week is the week that we all rant about how much we loved/hated/cried at the end of the book, so if you don’t want to know what happens, stop here. You have been warned!***
1. We finally meet T’vril in his new role as Lord Arameri. Is he what you expected?
So, during The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, for some reason I pictured T’vril as kindly and a little sad. I didn’t expect him to cut out somebody’s tongue (even if she did deserve it), or to try to enslave Oree. We see a completely different side of him here, and although it makes sense that he feels like he has something to prove, it still startled me.
2. Oree is given a choice, to live as the Arameri’s weapon, or to die. What would you do in that position?
I’d be scared to die, and so I’d take T’vril’s deal. The knowledge of what I had done would haunt me, and I’d have a hard time living with myself. Meanwhile, I’d be hearing stories from the Arameri about what life was like before, and one day I’d summon the courage to call Naha and ask him to fuck me to death. Or at least, that’s what I’d imagine I’d do. *grin*
3. Do you think that Oree made the right decision by sending Shiny away? How do you feel about Yeine’s role here?
I was pissed at Yeine cause she gets to spend eternity with the man she loves but denies Oree a short lifetime of the same pleasure. I get that Naha is still pretty angry, and I know why she felt like she had to break up Oree and Shiny, but seriously, not cool. The punishment is supposed to be Shiny’s, but other people are getting caught in the crossfire, and that bothers me. There has to be another way. They’re gods, for fuck’s sake! Change the terms of the spell, perhaps. Make it time-based, or “whenever Naha and Sieh are ready to forgive.” I was glad to see that Oree stood up to Naha, but I was saddened by her plight and by the ending of her time with Shiny.
4. What did you think of the ending of the book? Were you satisfied?
The scene with Dateh was so creepy! It reminded me of a nightmare, and when Shiny was like “Release my children” I was cheering for him all the way. I kind of hoped there would be a way out for Madding, but at the same time, I would have been disappointed if there was because it would have trivialized death, which wouldn’t make much sense at all. I didn’t expect the scenes after T’vril, to be quite honest, even though I was reading the book for the second time, because any other story would have ended right there. I’m glad that Oree was allowed to live, and she’s going to bring another beautiful demon baby into the world.
5. How did The Broken Kingdoms compare to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms? Which did you like better?
While The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms remains my favorite, The Broken Kingdoms was a fantastic read and didn’t suffer from the dreaded middle-book-syndrome in the least. It had so many things to love–magical art, a blind protagonist, fallen gods, nightmarish villains… I enjoyed it a lot, and I was glad to get to read it with all of you.
Thank you all for being a part of the readalong!