HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The hundred thousand kingdoms by N. K.…
Loading...

The hundred thousand kingdoms (edition 2010)

by N. K. Jemisin

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,7721483,970 (3.88)229
Member:nkjemisin
Title:The hundred thousand kingdoms
Authors:N. K. Jemisin
Info:New York : Orbit, 2010.
Collections:Your library
Rating:
Tags:fantasy, epic fantasy, gods, romance, female protagonist, PoC protagonist

Work details

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

Recently added bytis_unfortunate, erakis17, Ailinel, jen.s, onodsle, RobynBachar, private library, maliora, psychotropek
  1. 50
    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)
  2. 51
    The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin (electronicmemory)
  3. 30
    The God Engines by John Scalzi (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For the tools of chained gods.
  4. 30
    Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Both are epic fantasy novels featuring strong female characters and focusing on gods in the respective fantasy worlds and their interactions with humans
  5. 31
    The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman (MyriadBooks)
  6. 10
    Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara (kaionvin)
    kaionvin: Dueling gods, reincarnation, child-like characters, and a female protagonist who gets involved in it all.
  7. 10
    The Initiate by Louise Cooper (luciente)
  8. 21
    The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (gtfernandezm)
    gtfernandezm: Both are strong first person narrated adventures of out-of-place heroes, and take familiar fantasy tropes and deconstruct them with intelligence and some wit.
  9. 10
    Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold (storyjunkie)
  10. 11
    Racing the Dark by Alaya Dawn Johnson (PhoenixFalls)
    PhoenixFalls: Another female protagonist dragged into the affairs of the gods in a non-white high fantasy setting.
  11. 00
    The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Another epic fantasy tale featuring gods
  12. 00
    Priestess of the White by Trudi Canavan (luciente)
  13. 01
    Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny (Shrike58)
    Shrike58: The cost of the abuse of divine powers, political & social intrigue, and a sprawling setting.
  14. 12
    The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop (aboulomania)
  15. 02
    Elfland by Freda Warrington (majkia)
    majkia: both are well-written creative takes on normal fantasy tropes
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 229 mentions

English (147)  German (1)  All languages (148)
Showing 1-5 of 147 (next | show all)
If you enjoy mythology, world building, politics, mystery, and a bit of a darker story, there's a good chance you'll enjoy this novel.

After the Gods’ War where one of the Three was killed, Imtepas bound his brother Nahadoth using the power of two against the third. For the past 2000 years the family of one of Imtepas’ most faithful followers have ruled the world from Sky, a city above the city made by gods and supported by a thin pillar. Nahadoth and his faithful children (those that survived) were bound and left to the ruling family as slaves. Now Yienne, ruler of a small, unimportant nation in the far north has been called to Sky by her grandfather, the ruler of the world. Upon her arrival he acknowledges her as an heir candidate, instantly pulling her into a political nightmare with two cousins who have spent years competing for the title and fighting for their very lives. Yienne has her own plans, searching for her mother’s killer, and is soon pulled into the efforts of the bound gods to restore their freedom. Horrified by the barbarity of the upper echelon of society, Yienne begins to find answers not only about her mother and her own past, but also about the truth of the Gods’ War and what was done to the murdered god Enefa. Her past is entwined with their own, as she slowly comes to realize the price her mother agreed to pay years ago and what was done to her before her birth. With seven days to live she searches for the truth of the old times and the goddess Enefa, the mystery of the scattered memories she holds, and the gods who wish to make an alliance. Written in first person, the books jumps at times and is part internal conversation. Everything becomes clearer as the story goes on, however, and the truth of what we are reading becomes apparent just before the end of the tale. The characters are memorable, the descriptions of the gods powerful, and the ending of the book proves quite satisfying. ( )
  Ailinel | May 1, 2015 |
I found this to be a pretty entertaining book and a quick read. The narrative jumps were a bit confusing at times but the overall flow is easy enough to read.

The world is intriguing although some bits remained somewhat hand-wavey and inexplicable. ( )
  maliora | Apr 24, 2015 |
I found this to be a pretty entertaining book and a quick read. The narrative jumps were a bit confusing at times but the overall flow is easy enough to read.

The world is intriguing although some bits remained somewhat hand-wavey and inexplicable. ( )
  maliora | Apr 24, 2015 |
It took a while to immerse in the story, and to form an opinion as to whether I like a character or not and whether I approve of an action taken by that character or not; however, it does not mean that the story was not exciting. It was. Mostly because I felt it to be a fresh and somewhat unconventional view of religion, mythology, as well as family and relationships. The author has not only built a world that has basically nothing in common with the world we live in, but she also invented religions, myths, and history that is quite hard to imagine and comprehend, and I really, really applaud that, because nowadays, in the age where everything seems possible, it is really hard to come up with something extraordinary. And this novel definitely qualifies! I was not surprised about the idea of people and gods mixing, living in one world (though it is strange to accept), but I found the possibility of a person having two souls the most unusual. ( )
  v_allery | Apr 19, 2015 |
After her mother's murder, Yeine is summoned by her grandfather, the ruler of the hundred thousand kingdoms, to the Sky Palace, where she becomes involved in a plot to free some enslaved gods.

A competent book, but it left me feeling very unengaged. For one thing, it's extremely claustrophobic. Despite the title, the book is set almost entirely within the Palace and the cast of characters is very limited. I think I would have cared more about Yeine if I knew more about her background and her world, particularly that world's relationship with its gods. Some of the exposition in that regard was clumsily delivered and never quite gelled for me.

Also, the romance that Yeine carries on with the god of night, Nahadoth, really put me off. It just felt icky somehow. I think that's because for the most part, this reads like a young adult novel, but then Jemisin throws in some very unexpected, very adult sex. A lot of sex.

Straightforward fantasy is rarely my cup of tea, anyway. I need something realistic to hang my hat on before I'm willing to buy all the magic and mythology. Some more time spent world-building and character-building would have certainly helped. I had high hopes for this author and can't help feeling disappointed, but I won't be continuing the series.

Read for the SFFCat (2015). ( )
1 vote sturlington | Apr 9, 2015 |
Showing 1-5 of 147 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (3 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jemisin, N. K.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freeman, CasaundraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Panepinto, LaurenCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
I am not as I once was.
Quotations
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.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

Book description
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.
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

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)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 6 descriptions

LibraryThing Author

N. K. Jemisin is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing.

profile page | author page

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
2 avail.
342 wanted
4 pay5 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.88)
0.5 2
1 10
1.5 3
2 26
2.5 9
3 94
3.5 60
4 225
4.5 44
5 138

Audible.com

An edition of this book was published by Audible.com.

See editions

Orbit Books

2 editions of this book were published by Orbit Books.

Editions: 0316043915, 0316043923

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Alumn

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin was made available through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. Sign up to possibly get pre-publication copies of books.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 96,857,009 books! | Top bar: Always visible