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The Killing Moon

By Andrew Lovett-Barron
Published in Reading
March 28, 2021
1 min read

I’m still only about halfway through this book but am really loving it. A few years ago, I had powered through all three books of Jemisin’s Shattered Earth trilogy, and have had the Killing Moon on my list since.

The Killing Moon is a story of political and social intrigue in a fantasy world that carries many of the unjust and entrenched social dynamics our world does. Caste systems centred around skin colour, general xenophobia, and theocratic politicking serve as the backdrop for personal tragedies and struggles between another type of power structure: mentors and mentees.

The focus is around Ehiru (a gatherer who has the ability to extract resources created by dreams at the cost of the dreamer’s life or at least vitality) and his apprentice Nijiri. Both dogmatic in their beliefs, much of the narrative focuses on that dogma being challenged by the realities of power that a theocratic society presents. Underpinning that is their own dynamic and the confusing complexity that powers the imbalances present in their relationship.

Ultimately, this whole book ends up being about power — between states, beliefs, groups, and people. It brilliantly surfaces how these different relationships manifest while keeping up a constant and incredibly readable drum beat.

You really can’t go wrong with N.K. Jemisin, so I can’t recommend this enough.


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