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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.
Collections:Your library
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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Loved this one!
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  Vinbert | Nov 22, 2015 |
Loved this one!
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  Vinbert | Nov 22, 2015 |
The style. The scope. The characterization. The dialog. The sly humor. The sheer audacity of the world-building...

It's almost as if Roger Zelazny has been reincarnated as Nora Jemisin.

Great book. Not at all your typical 'fantasy' tale. I am not a huge fan of sword & sorcery stories so was somewhat hesitant to begin this trilogy. Now that I have read, (and truly enjoyed), the first book, I can't wait to read the rest.
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  ScoLgo | Nov 3, 2015 |
I really liked it but events seemed to happened so quickly, no time to breathe. That's just a style choice of mine rather than anything wrong with how Jemisin wrote it. ( )
  FourOfFiveWits | Oct 26, 2015 |
it really is nice to discover a new (to you, anyway) writer who has that mysterious, ineffable, unquantifiable quality of sheer readability, whose words and pages fly by smoothly and easily and almost without effort. Jemisin has that quality, for me anyway, and I suspect for others, too, as she is definitely a rising star in fantasy.

Our heroine, Yeine, is the leader of a minor country in the north, often derided as barabaric by the ruling Arameri. As it happens, Yeine's mother was an heiress of the ruling Lord of the Arameri, and upon her mysterious death, Yeine finds herself summoned to the city of Sky by her grandfather and named heir, competing for the most powerful title in the world with two cousins she has never met, but who are much more advanced in the game than she is.

What makes the Arameri so powerful are the gods they control, enslaved in human form but still immensely powerful and extremely dangerous. No-one can stand against them, and the rule of the Arameri is absolute, but the gods long for freedom, and poor doomed Yeine may offer them the means of acheiving it. Whatever happens, Yeine is not expected to survive.

Arrogant rulers, unfathomable deities in human form, ancient myths and vengeance new and old, ruthlessness and cruelty and extremely inadvisable passions: it's a fantastically well-told tale and an incredibly enjoyable read. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
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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.
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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