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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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    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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    calmclam: Similar themes of empire and colonialism as well as wars against/between the gods.
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    Shrike58: The cost of the abuse of divine powers, political & social intrigue, and a sprawling setting.
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An excellent antidote to Asimov. Believable female characters and everything! I really enjoyed this, even though I usually dislike books with sex scenes, because this one actually wove them into the plot pretty well. I'll probably pick up the rest of the series soon. ( )
  tronella | Jun 22, 2019 |
This book is an incoherent mess.

But it's also a fun incoherent mess to read. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
At first I was put off by the blankness of the main character as she is whisked away to a palace in the sky to contend with creepy relatives and gods. Eventually she does fill out a little more as the story gets ever more demented and violent. However, it was weird enough to keep my interest and I'll try the next one... ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
Underwhelming. ( )
  xiaomarlo | Apr 17, 2019 |
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is the first book in N. K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy, and it was also the author’s first published book. I have read and greatly enjoyed her other series, Dreamblood and Broken Earth. This book maybe wasn’t quite as polished and didn’t have quite as much depth as her later works, but it still grabbed my interest from the first page and held it through the end.

Yeine’s mother was the daughter of the most powerful king in the world and would have been his heir, but she married a man from a distant barbarian land and abandoned her home to be his wife. When Yeine’s mother dies, she’s summoned by the grandfather she doesn’t know and informed that he is naming her his heir. The catch is that he’s also named two other heirs, her cousins, and there can only be one in the end. The palace is also populated with real gods who people can see and talk to, and they have their own agenda. The story goes off in a somewhat different direction than one might expect from that premise, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

The story is told from the first-person perspective of Yeine and it’s intentionally told in a somewhat disjointed fashion for reasons that become clear as you get further into the story. In some ways the writing style reminded me of The Fifth Season, although the story itself is very different. This is a complete story with everything resolved by the end, so I’m curious to see where Jemisin takes things in the second book. The ending was a bit different from what I had expected and I had somewhat mixed feelings about it, but I wasn’t dissatisfied by it either.

Looking back on the book, the story maybe didn’t have a ton of meat to it. A lot of time is spent with Yeine obsessing about both her past and her future and her relationships with some of the characters. I didn’t always think Yeine’s actions made a lot of sense, although I did sympathize with her. There were some characters who were more interesting to me that I would have enjoyed seeing more of. I was very much entertained while I read, but it wasn’t quite as compulsive of a read as the books in her other two series were for me. ( )
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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms definitely leaves me wanting more of this delightful new writer.
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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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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.--Book cover.… (more)

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