“The shadowlands are not elsewhere. We create them. They are within us.”
A pleasant fantasy set in an ancient Egypt-analog civilization. Good plot, good characters, good writing. Respectful treatment of the religion and magic of the culture she created. The reader can tell she took them seriously. Loved her take on the astronomy of her world. Painfully slow start. (I quit once, less than a hundred pages in.)
“If these are all the memories I get for eternity, I want to take as many of them with me as I can.”
The author is a professional psychologist so it seems odd that she should lean heavily on the discredited theories of Sigmund Freud for her dream world, but hey this is fiction. She does it well.
“Those who live in the shadow of a volcano would be fools not to watch closely, when it starts to smoke.”
Many science fiction and fantasy writers have ripped off the obvious aspects of Egypt for the sake of an instant credibility, but Jemisin made the effort to make her world unique and still Egyptian. Good job.
“Corruption is a disease of the soul, not the actions … though the latter are often symptomatic of the former.”