Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing #2: N.K. Jemisin

This is the second in Bryan Onion’s series of reviews of authors from the 60 Black Women in Horror series, it’s N.K. Jemisin

Bryan Cebulski


The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

In Gujareeh, a highly theocratic monarchy maintains ultimate justice in the form of the gatherers. These gatherers are a vaguely vampiric priest sect in the Gujareen government. They feed on the magic—a spiritual substance called dreamblood—of those deemed corrupt by their goddess, Hananja. Peace apparently reigns in Gujareeh as a result of the gatherer presence.

But, at the start of this compelling novel, a gatherer named Ehiru begins to question his place in this society, whether or not he is righteous in ending the lives of the apparently corrupt.

N.K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon is predominantly concerned with world-building. It’s definitely a world worth getting engrossed in. Inspired by ancient Egyptian societies and mythology—much as Lloyd Alexander was inspired by ancient Persia in The First Two Lives of Lucas-Kasha—Jemisin illustrates something truly unique here. It’s a dark fantasy, bordering on horror. The oddness…

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~ by Sumiko Saulson on December 5, 2015.

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