|The Kingdom of Gods is the concluding part of
N. K. Jemisins triptych otherwise known as the Inheritance Trilogy. This book
includes as an extra a short story set in the same world and which functions as an
excellent reminder of what went before in the previous book.
The Kingdom of Gods
continues the story the re-establishment of the triumvirate of gods and Itempass
fall, but now the central character is the eldest godling Sieh the eternal child
and perennial trickster. Sieh was a weapon of the Arameri and has no love of Itempas, but
Sieh has a problem. Now for some inexplicable reason he is growing older and losing his
godly powers. To live and remain a god he needs to ask Itempass help, an act that
Sieh is most loathe to do. Along the way Sieh becomes friends with two Arameri (a people
of whom he has sworn undilutable hatred) and the need to work for a living a most
ungodly thing to discover.
The Kingdom of Gods is the proper end point to the Inheritance Trilogy.
The first book dealt with becoming a god and returning from exile, the second book dealt
with living in exile and being a god forced to live as a human (the return to godhood is
on offer), and the third deals with losing godhood by increments and the meaning of
friendship between gods and humans.
While all three books are almost separate enough to be read independently I strongly
recommend that The Kingdom of Gods be read last as it is the natural end of
the cycle. I thoroughly enjoyed the series and am impressed with Ms Jemisins ability
to make a cohesive trilogy out of a story seen through three very different view points
told at three different time points. An author to watch for and buy.