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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

by N. K. Jemisin

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Series: The Inheritance Trilogy (1)

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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.… (more)
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    Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Who Fears Death is post-apocalyptic futuristic fantasy and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms draws from classical sword and sorcery, but both are excellent novels about heroines who have found themselves beset and gifted (or possibly cursed) by powers beyond reckoning, while caught up in a political and supernatural power struggle that spans generations and eventually time itself.… (more)
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    souloftherose: Both are epic fantasy novels featuring strong female characters and focusing on gods in the respective fantasy worlds and their interactions with humans
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    calmclam: Similar themes of empire and colonialism as well as wars against/between the gods.
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    PhoenixFalls: Another female protagonist dragged into the affairs of the gods in a non-white high fantasy setting.
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    kaionvin: Dueling gods, reincarnation, child-like characters, and a female protagonist who gets involved in it all.
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    Shrike58: The cost of the abuse of divine powers, political & social intrigue, and a sprawling setting.
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This is N.K. Jemisin's debut novel, and the first book in her Inheritance trilogy, although I am pleased to note that it stands on its own fairly well and has an actual satisfying ending. It focuses on a young woman who is summoned by her estranged grandfather, the ruler of the known world, and told that she is a candidate to succeed him. But this does not mean what you'd think it does, something she quickly discovers as she makes an alliance with some captive and enslaved gods.

I didn't find this quite as compelling and impressive as I did Jemisin's Dreamblood duology (which is the only other thing of hers that I've read so far, although I certainly intend to get to her multiple-Hugo-winning Broken Earth series at some point), but it was good, nevertheless. The way that it takes some familiar mythological elements -- gods of light and darkness, chaos and order -- and does something that feels interesting and fairly original with them is very cool. I already have the next two volumes, and I'm looking forward to spending a little more time in this world and exploring that mythology even more. ( )
  bragan | Jul 2, 2020 |
I am and always will be a huge fan of Godpunk fiction.

There's a bit of it floating around out there, but most of it is hidden behind the cloudy minds and bodies of mere mortals, only occasionally poking its bright sunny head out to dazzle and amaze.

Sometimes it's the sun. Sometimes it's not. At the moment, I'm feeling the blaze.

Fortunately for us, we've also got authors with great and deep understanding of the greater and lesser mysteries, the writing chops to pull off an entirely new mythos that can turn those mysteries into something brand new again, even if they've been so very, very old. Jemisin has taken us right back to our very beginnings, with the worship of the sun and the void and the great life goddess and given us a truly fantastic tale of revenge, freedom, and most importantly, of love.

I sit in awe. I've been fortunate to read a number of really fantastic novels recently, and this one stands tall and proud among them, like a worldtree within a shining forest of worlds.

The opening of the novel was unfortunately the weakest part for me, but I was able to feel our heroine's hopeless plight pretty much right away, enjoying her progression of defiance to acceptance as it all became so clear that her life was forfeit no matter what happened. Did I say enjoy? Actually, that part made me squirm quite a bit, but the fact that she was able to come to grips, retain her sanity, and even lose a little more of it in the process, was, in fact, truly enjoyable. I can't believe how tight the romance was, or how cleverly it managed to pull on my heartstrings. (I'm generally not that susceptible to romance on the page. So much of it is unbelievable crap.) In this case, I sank right into it and rooted for them both with all my heart.

After finishing the novel, I can't quite see where else it might go except far away from the characters I've just enjoyed, but I've got the entire omnibus sitting right here. I was very satisfied by the end and truly floored by it. I almost want to leave it be and enjoy everything that this novel will eventually become to me.

Can anything truly top this ride? ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
LOVED IT! I had read "The Killing Moon", the opener of Jemisin's second series (liked it a lot) and decided to backtrack and read this series. Very original. Likeable characters. Great story. Beautiful descriptions. Just lovely. ( )
  allison_s | May 25, 2020 |
**The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms** by *N.K.Jemisin* is solid Fantasy, with cool mythology, a decent protagonist and good other characters, and absolutely nothing wrong with it – it just didn't really come to life for me. Huge bonus points for a very cool ending, though! Not sure I'll continue the series, though, to be honest.

As a side note, coming into this from **Broken Earth**, it's fascinating to see some similarities, but also a huge improvement in the writing. (That's not to say that this book is bad, it's perfectly good and at the upper end of regular Fantasy, it's just that Broken Earth goes above and beyond.) ( )
  _rixx_ | May 24, 2020 |
Had to stop listening about three-quarters through because the developing romance bugged the hell out of me. Great suspense, great protagonist, but ew ew the love interest ew why would you do that ( )
  dreamweaversunited | Apr 27, 2020 |
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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms definitely leaves me wanting more of this delightful new writer.
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Jemisin, N. K.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benini, MilenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freeman, CasaundraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Panepinto, LaurenCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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 - a palace above the clouds where gods' and mortals' lives are intertwined. There, to her shock, Yeine is named one of the potential heirs 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 a pair of 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. But it's not just mortals who have secrets worth hiding and Yeine will learn how perilous the world can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably.
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