I’m copying over some reviews of titles I’d written up in 2018 and earlier, just in case these titles are new for other people.
The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin was one of the most interesting and original fantasy series I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and I’ve read a great many fantasy series over the years. These books have more in common with Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology than with anything written by Tolkien.
This author manages to do something that few others succeed in doing, weaving philosophy and political theory into the narrative without it ever feeling heavy-handed or taking away from the story.
Each of the three novels and the additional novella included in this anthology are very different tales, fully developing entirely different central characters with perspectives that never feel like they run together, while gradually fleshing out secondary characters that appear and reappear through all four pieces until the cast of characters all feel more like three dimensional beings than simply set pieces or plot devices.
The theology incorporated into the universe created by Jemisin is similar to one I had tossed around as a background for a book of my own, and I don’t think I could do it better.