The Killing Moon (book)

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The Killing Moon
The Killing Moon (book cover).jpg
AuthorN. K. Jemisin
SeriesThe Dreamblood Series
Publication date
May 1, 2012
Media typePrint (Paperback & Hardcover)
Followed byThe Shadowed Sun 

The Killing Moon is a 2012 fantasy novel by N. K. Jemisin and is the first novel in the Dreamblood series.[1] The novel was released on May 1, 2012 by Orbit Books and centers on a series of murders and a potential magic war.


The book follows Ehiru, a Gatherer who has sworn to help keep the peace in the city of Gujaareh. It is they who must gather together magic while people sleep, using the magic for altruistic purposes as well as to protect the city from the corrupt. However, when dreamers begin dying, the murders seemingly done in the name of the city's dream-goddess, Ehiru must find out who is doing this and why before the city is destroyed in the process.[2]


Reviews for the book were predominantly positive.[3][4] Slant Magazine praised The Killing Moon, calling N.K. Jemisin a "rising talent with a career worth following."[5] io9 praised the book's themes of "religion, gods and magic."[6] Kirkus Reviews wrote that the book was "fulfilling" but remarked that at points the book was "claustrophobic" and that it lacked maps.[7]

The book was nominated for a Nebula Award and a World Fantasy Award in 2013.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Locus Magazine • October 2012 • Issue 621 • Vol. 69 No. 4". Locus Magazine. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Review: The Killing Moon". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  3. ^ Horáková, Erin. "The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  4. ^ Mayer, Petra. "Pack Your Bags For Six Flights Of Fantasy". NPR. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  5. ^ DAS, INDRAPRAMIT. "In Dreams: N.K. Jemisin's The Killing Moon". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  6. ^ "N.K. Jemisin goes high fantasy, and we all win". io9. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Review: The Killing Moon". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  8. ^ 2012 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced, SFWA, February 20, 2013
  9. ^ World Fantasy Award Nominees 2013, WCF 2013 Brighton, August 14, 2013, archived from the original on August 3, 2013

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