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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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Plot: 3 1/2 stars
Characters: 3 1/2 stars
Style: 5 stars
Pace: 4 stars

Strange, almost lilting, almost but not quite haunting. I never could quite get absorbed in it the way I wanted to, the plot was so thin as to be non-existent, and the main character had so little personality of her own as to become almost invisible... But it worked, perhaps because of that. Strange, but ultimately good. ( )
  Jami_Leigh | Jun 22, 2014 |
First person narrative, really bad characterization, made me not care at all to what happens to the characters. Loads of romance where it shouldn't have been. Not a bad attempt for a first novel but not my kind of thing. ( )
  Me-chan | Jun 19, 2014 |
While the plot overall was good, the writing was very stale. There were a ton of cliches that came up, those including the dangerous (and for a time rapey) dark haired bad boy, the shining bright god of justice, and the ojou-sama (a cliche from Japanese media).

I also didn't like that all the important women were fridged and the only other woman of importance beside the main character was the evil, conniving rich woman character (the ojou-sama). That was a major disappointment.

Overall there is very little character development and what you DO learn is given by way of info dumps, even the ending was one big info dump. It would have been nice to have the mystery be solved over time.

Overall the plot isn't bad, however the execution is pretty stale. ( )
  Maverynthia | May 5, 2014 |
Yeine's mother recently died under mysterious circumstances and now she's been summoned by her grandfather to the majestic city of Sky, where she is named as one of three potential heirs. But the real power struggle is between the three gods that used to rule until the Gods' War when one emerged triumphant, another's powers were minimized, and the third was nearly destroyed. I am not a seasoned fantasy reader so the convoluted plot was more confusing than entertaining. Jemisin also uses a writing technique that serves only to obfuscate rather than elucidate. The entire story takes place essentially in one castle which feels too confined for a plot that involves the future of a hundred thousand kingdoms, only one of which is introduced. At the end, I felt no need to read the next book in the trilogy. ( )
  bookappeal | Apr 23, 2014 |
Not my usual read. Gods that rule over a hundred thousand kingdoms, childlike and bickering, taken as slaves, used as tools and weapons.
A planted seed that grows in the heart to give hope to the future destroys what was and builds new life.
  reemsf | Mar 28, 2014 |
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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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