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Ranking Author N. K. Jemisin’s Best Books (A Bibliography Countdown)

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“What are N. K. Jemisin’s Best Books?” We looked at all of Jemisins authored bibliography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the books written by N. K. Jemisin and looked at her Goodreads, Amazon, and LibraryThing scores, ranking them against one another to see which books came out on top. The books are ranked in our list below based on which titles have the highest overall score between all 3 review sites in comparison with all of the other books by the same author. The process isn’t super scientific and in reality, most books aren’t “better” than other books as much as they are just different. That being said, we do enjoy seeing where our favorites landed, and if you aren’t familiar with the author at all, the rankings can help you see what books might be best to start with.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page. We will update the article if/when a new book by N. K. Jemisin is released. Although it probably won’t be immediate so the scores on each site have time to settle and aren’t overly influenced by the early, usually much more opinionated, users.

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The Top Book’s Of N. K. Jemisin



8 ) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 8
  • Amazon: 8
  • LibraryThing: 8

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.

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7 ) The Kingdom of Gods (Inheritance, #3)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 6
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 6

For two thousand years, the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the gods are free, and the Arameri’s ruthless grip is sliipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and unending war.(summary from ISBN 184149819X)For 2,000 years the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the gods are free, and the Arameri’s ruthless grip is slipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending war.…

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6 ) The Killing Moon (Dreamblood, #1)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 7
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 6

In a city where Gatherers harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to judge the corrupt, Ehiru, the most famous of the city’s Gatherers, learns that he must protect the woman he was sent to kill or watch the city be devoured by forbidden magic.… (more)(summary from ISBN 0316187283)The city burned beneath the Dreaming Moon. In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst 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, Ehiru — the most famous of the city’s Gatherers — must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess’ name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh’s alleys and the realm of dreams. 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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5 ) The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance, #2)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 5
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 5

After a band of killers begins murdering godlings, blind artist Oree Shoth wonders if her recent guest is at the heart of it, his presence putting her in danger.(summary from ISBN 0316043966)In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living sun to her strange sight. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city.… (more)(summary from ISBN 1441886516)In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living sun to her strange sight. However, this act of kindness is to engulf Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy.…

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4 ) The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood, #2)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 3

Gujaareh, the city of dreams, suffers under the imperial rule of the Kisuati Protectorate. A city where the only law was peace now knows violence and oppression. And nightmares: a mysterious and deadly plague haunts the citizens of Gujaareh, dooming the infected to die screaming in their sleep. Trapped between dark dreams and cruel overlords, the people yearn to rise up — but Gujaareh has known peace for too long.…

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3 ) The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 3
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 2

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world’s sole continent, a great red rift has been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes — those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon — are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back. She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.…

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2 ) The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 4

“Essun–once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger–has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power–and her choices will break the world”–…

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1 ) The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 1
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 1

“THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME. The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed. The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season”–…

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N. K. Jemisin’s Best Books



N. K. Jemisin Review Website Bibliography Rankings

BookGoodreadsAmazonLibraryThingOveral Rank
The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3) 111 1
The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2) 214 2
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) 342 3
The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood, #2) 433 4
The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance, #2) 545 5
The Killing Moon (Dreamblood, #1) 746 6
The Kingdom of Gods (Inheritance, #3) 676 7
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms 888 8