The Killing Moon

Dreamblood #1

N.K. Jemisin

fiction fantasy
adventurous challenging slow-paced

418 pages | first published 2012


In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and among the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers - the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe...and kill those judged corrupt.

But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh's great temple, the Gatherer Ehiru must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering innocent dreamers in the goddess's name, and Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill - or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic.

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adventurous 73%
dark 70%
mysterious 70%
emotional 50%
tense 40%
challenging 26%
sad 26%
reflective 10%
hopeful 6%


medium 71%
slow 25%
fast 3%

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Diverse cast of characters?

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