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The hundred thousand kingdoms (edition 2010)

by N. K. Jemisin

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Title:The hundred thousand kingdoms
Authors:N. K. Jemisin
Info:New York : Orbit, 2010.
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Tags:fantasy, epic fantasy, gods, romance, female protagonist, PoC protagonist

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

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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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The sex scenes weren't really my thing, but fortunately they were short. Overall an interesting story. ( )
  oswallt | Nov 25, 2016 |
A very interesting and deep world, but a little slow moving and confusing in parts. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Nov 17, 2016 |
(x-posted from http://ketsugami.livejournal.com/tag/books)
I think I grabbed this one based on either a list somewhere, or just because it sounded cool. It has an interesting premise, which provides a few good moments, but unfortunately the execution falls pretty flat.

The world first: Our heroine Yeine gets called up from her kingdom and adopted into the family that runs the world. This (large) family has been granted control over four dark gods, subdued and bound by the god of light, which they use as living weapons and for general magical awesomeness. The rest of the world is full of nominally independent countries that in fact bow to the family's merest whims. (Or else get obliterated.)

It's a neat premise, at least the dark-gods-as-slaves bit, although the worldbuilding in general is not up to the same standard. We don't get to see much beyond the giant family fortress, and while there's some little bits of good detail around the heroine's home country most of the rest of the world is only vaguely sketched in. Given the scope of the action, that's probably forgivable, but what's more worrisome is the relative lack of characters. A fortress of thousands seems to have only perhaps a dozen real people in it, with the rest so poorly described that they remind me of the cardboard cutout/colorless "extras" anime sometimes uses. For a plot that intends to revolve around complex intrigue, that bodes poorly.

The plot, too, is a bit on the weak side. Yeine makes a show of politicking and investigating, and she finds out a few things, but it's never quite clear why she's doing it other then curiosity, and she doesn't have a plan or even much of a goal. Again, the feeling is more of a sketch, as though the author felt that something ought to be there but didn't really have the heart to fill it in. The ending confirms this in spades -- everything the main character has done turns out to be totally irrelevant. While she has (partially) discovered the various plots and counter-plots, they play out anyway, and her choices end up being pretty meaningless.

The romance (Yeine immediately falls in love with one of the aforementioned dark gods) feels like the main focus of the book, or at least of the author's attention. I hesitate to comment on that score, since the target audience for romance is clearly outside my demographic, but it seems like pretty standard fare -- the guy is not-evil-but-misunderstood, dangerous-but-cool, powerful-but-vulnerable, etc. The fact that he's a god allows the author to indulge in some of the most over-the-top descriptions of sex I've ever read, since our heroine can literally be transported to a higher plane of existence, etc. (At one point they soar away from earth into space, only to plummet all the way back down, which reminded me irresistibly of old Warner Brothers cartoons. Also, sex so powerful it destroys the entire room you started in.)

Aside from the romantic bit, the prose is flat and stubbornly non-descriptive. Yeine (in first-person) is relatively well drawn, and her romantic interest and the other gods come across okay, but the rest of the characters are pretty cookie-cutter. (Especially her generic-evil rival in the family.)

So, overall, pretty lame. A few neat ideas stand out, but they don't make up for rest. Not recommended. ( )
  khaine | Nov 10, 2016 |
3.5 ( )
  Amanda105 | Sep 5, 2016 |
I enjoyed this story about a newly elevated noblewoman fighting to live and die on her own terms. The world and cosmology were really interesting. The plot took a while to really get going, but the ending was satisfying. I'm glad the next book explores life outside the palace more. ( )
  lavaturtle | Aug 30, 2016 |
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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms definitely leaves me wanting more of this delightful new writer.
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I am not as I once was.
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The priests' lesson: beware the Nightlord, for his pleasure is a mortal's doom. My grandmother's lesson: beware love, especially with the wrong man.
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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.… (more)

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