Spotlight On: The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin (Day Six)

Chapters Thirty-One – Epilogue

So we come to the conclusion of the story.   The identity of the Reaper is revealed and it’s exactly who I thought it was, but I don’t imagine the author intended that to be any great surprise.  The clues were obviously laid out.  The greater surprise comes in the awful truths that the Prince spills about the Hetawa and the religion that Ehiru has spent his life dedicated to.  I said earlier on that I found myself agreeing with the Prince in some way and this is why.  I can’t help but to agree with him on some level in his disgust for the religious order.

Unfortunately, his solution doesn’t put an end to the corruption and simply replaces it with something equally disturbing.  There is a terrible logic in the Prince’s awful deeds though and I think the sincere manner in which he chooses to go about his affairs is what makes him a good villain.  As I’ve said and so many others before me have said, the best villains are the ones who don’t believe they’re the bad guys.  The Prince sees the terrible nature of some of his doings and probably regrets a few of them, but believes that the ultimate result will make it all worth it in the end.

The power of The Reaper is truly a horror and I can imagine why the secrets of it was buried away.  We didn’t get to see that full power on display, but the little bit we did see was like something out of a horror movie.  The conclusion to the Prince’s schemes was a satisfying one if not somewhat expected.  But again, I don’t think the point of this tale is to keep the reader guessing.  There is very much an underlying message in this work and it’s that no religion, no belief system should have absolute control over a society.


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