Book Review: Kalimpura by: Jay Lake

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Tor Books

Publish Date: January 29, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

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Synopsis: This sequel to Green and Endurance takes Green back to the city of Kalimpura and the service of the Lily Goddess.

Green is hounded by the gods of Copper Downs and the gods of Kalimpura, who have laid claim to her and her children. She never wanted to be a conduit for the supernatural, but when she killed the Immortal Duke and created the Ox god with the power she released, she came to their notice.

Now she has sworn to retrieve the two girls taken hostage by the Bittern Court, one of Kalimpura’s rival guilds. But the Temple of the Lily Goddess is playing politics with her life.

Review: ‘Kalimpura’ is the third book in the “Green” series. It is touted as the conclusion of the series as well and considering the ending, I can see avenues for new books in this universe if the author so chose to write them. Green has come back to Kalimpura where she has many against her, both human and god. Yet this is the home of her Lily Goddess and where she was trained to be a Lily Blade. She’s trying to retrieve two girls from the Bittern Court – one a Blade sister and the other the daughter of her sometimes lover, Ilona. She’s also trying to keep her newborn twins safe from all of those who wish her harm.

I haven’t read either ‘Green’ or ‘Endurance’, the first and second books respectively. I felt this put me in a detriment while reading ‘Kalimpura’. I enjoyed the story overall, even though I felt I was missing some key back-story, and the author has created an amazing and detailed world. Green is a teenager, as kids in this world are forced to grow up quickly, and some of the emotional rollercoaster shows through Green’s thoughts, words, and actions. I liked a lot of the characters, and as I said a few sentences earlier, the world-building is fantastic. I do wish for a little more detail or loop-closing on some of the events in ‘Kalimpura’. I’m not sure if I would have picked this book up if not for receiving a review copy, but I’d be interested to see what the author may come up with next.

Green Universe series: Green (1), Endurance (2), Kalimpura (3)


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