The Kingdom of Gods - N.K. Jemisin This book, while fairly awesome, suffers from a slight case of too many plots. I can't help thinking it would have been better served as two books, or as one really long book. The first two books in this trilogy are more coherent. In [b:The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms|6437061|The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #1)|N.K. Jemisin||6626657], almost the entire book takes place in the palace of Sky, and in [b:The Broken Kingdoms|7904453|The Broken Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #2)|N.K. Jemisin||11165787], it's the city of Shadow. The third book jumps from place to place, not really grounding itself anywhere. The love stories are similarly disjointed--the first book is essentially a romance between Yeine and Nahadoth, and the second between Oree and Shiny, and these are believable and moving because we spend time getting to know the characters and watching their love develop. The romances in KoG aren't given quite enough time to develop naturally, so they feel rushed. The whole book feels a bit rushed, to be honest.

This sounds like I didn't like the book. I did! It was enjoyable and I love spending time in the world Jemisin has created. But held up to the standards of the first two books, it falls short. This is emphasized by the inclusion of an Oree/Shiny story at the very end of the book, because it made me remember what I liked so much about the first two. The Kingdom of Gods is full of plot twists and interesting tidbits about the world of these gods, but it's missing the strong relationships between characters that made the first two so memorable.

tl;dr: The first two books are so mind-blowingly awesome that this one pales in comparison, but it's still worth reading.