|The Shadowed Sun is the sequel to The
Killing Moon and is the conclusion in N K Jemisins "The
The Shadowed Sun restarts the story begun in The
Killing Moon by allowing a ten year hiatus in the narrative. That hiatus
allows The Shadowed Sun to be read in isolation from the previous work (but
this reviewer believes they should be read in sequence). The land of Gujaareh is under
occupation by Kisua following the aborted war of Prince Eninket and the populace is tiring
of that occupation. This time the story shifts from the concerns of the Gujaareen
gatherers and moves to the personal hopes and ambitions of the apprentice sharer Hanani,
the first female apprenticed to the service of the Gujaareen god, and the prince-in-exile
Wanahomen. As in The Killing Moon a Machiavellian research project
of Gujaarehs founder, Inunru, figures prominently. This is a dream that is
contagious, cannot be stopped by the sharers or the gatherers and is slowly killing all
who dream it.
The Shadowed Sun is the closest Ms Jemisin has come, in her five books to
date, to a traditional fantasy tale with the trappings that that style embraces. But even
as she falls into the stylistic expectations Ms Jemisin employs moments of authorial
ju-jitsu to surprise and delight the reader. For example: this time each of the
protagonists see Gujaareh from an outsiders point of view even if they have
lived in Gujaareh their whole lives as in their own ways each of the protagonists
is an outsider.
The Shadowed Sun is another excellent read from an author who has made
her way on to my must buy list. The Shadowed Sun is not your average fantasy
story, not be a long shot, it so much better than that.