Falling in love with gods is twice as dangerous in N.K. Jemisin's awesome second bookCharlie Jane Anders11/30/10 7:10pmFiled to: book reviewN.k. jemisinBooksThe hundred thousand kingdomsThe broken kingdomsTopReviewWritingFantasy281EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkHow can you write about gods and still keep your story relatable? It's one of the biggest challenges for fantasy writers. The great wonder of N.K. Jemisin's The Broken Kingdoms is that she makes it look easy. Spoilers ahead...The Broken Kingdoms is the second book in Jemisin's trilogy that began with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. The first book was the wonderful, but occasionally frustrating, story of a woman who's caught up in court intrigues among the ruling family of a vast empire, and launches a daring affair with an imprisoned god of darkness. (You can read our review of the first book here.) In the second book, all the world-building (and empire building) that Jemisin did the first time around starts to pay off, big-time, and the story is that much richer.