Review by: Anna Gibson
political intrigue, magic, and controversy reminiscent of the George R.R. Martin’s
N.K Jemisin’s writing style is both lush and descriptive. The entire landscape of Gujaareh is well fleshed out, even down to the nuanced customs of the inhabitants of Gujaareh (for instance, the fact that Ehiru moved stealthily through the crowd and wears an earring in one ear so as not to stand out for his next Gathering). One of the most compelling aspects of The Killing Moon is the diversity of characters and how multi-faceted each of them are. Ehiru isn’t simply the stoic, self-disciplined priest. His various layers show him as both kind and sometimes, as naïve as a child. As we shall see, his ceaseless devotion to Hananja may have consequences that lead him to the mercy of forces beyond his control. Nijiri also has an a number of fascinating character traits from his deep love and over protectiveness of Ehiru, to his gradual understanding of Gujaarian politics.