N.K. Jemisin is an author that I am now committed to reading everything she publishes.
Her works have a sense of poetry that has been lacking in the books I’ve been reading lately. She has a clear passion for language, but is not reliant on it alone. It’s used to augment the story she tells, and you end up with a near-perfect blend of a good tale and “literary” prose.
For this book in particular, I fell in love with the characters and the story. A god (with a hilariously snarky personality) has to deal with becoming mortal, but it’s not as much of a privileged whine-fest as you’d think. A deep and troubled history is revealed throughout the course of the novel, and it draws you in relentlessly.
To top it all off, the ending is at once unexpected, yet inevitable, leaving you with a beautiful conclusion to this trilogy.
Highly recommend that you read N.K. Jemisin!
(Also, am I the only one who pictures Sieh as Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender? The image of the trickster riding around on a spinning ball cemented this in my head, and it can never be unseen.)