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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:Orbit (2010), Edition: Original, Paperback, 432 pages
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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

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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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    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.
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Really great book. If you enjoy fantasy and some god-like mythology this is perfect. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. ( )
  Verkruissen | Nov 5, 2014 |
Epic fantasy can be dull. The same old worlds, the same old stories, the same old characters. N.K. Jemisin does something new and exciting with it.

If you like complex, interesting female characters, a unique and well-envisioned world and a healthy dollop of romance, then these books are for you. ( )
  Violetthedwarf | Oct 23, 2014 |
Epic fantasy can be dull. The same old worlds, the same old stories, the same old characters. N.K. Jemisin does something new and exciting with it.

If you like complex, interesting female characters, a unique and well-envisioned world and a healthy dollop of romance, then these books are for you. ( )
  Violetthedwarf | Oct 23, 2014 |
This book was so boring that I could not finish it. The author tries very hard to develop the characters, but I still didn't feel attached to them, and then she forgets that something is actually supposed to happen in a novel. ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
There was tremendous buzz when this book came out in 2010. I grabbed a copy of it when Borders went out of business, and sadly, it wallowed in my to-read pile since. However, I'm in a book club that will discuss it soon, and I was happy to finally get to the book.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms handles many fantasy tropes in a fresh way. It brings in a dark-skinned character whose mother was heir to the throne that would have granted her rule of the world. Now Yeine, barely an adult, is called to the capital after her mother's death. To her bewilderment, she's dropped into the brutal contest for her grandfather's throne. It's a mess of political maneuvers, back-stabbings, and the lingering mystery of Yeine's mother and who she truly was.

Then there are the gods. The reason Yeine's family rules is because, after the God's War ages before, a cluster of the most powerful gods in the pantheon became their slaves. Yeine is tangled in their desires and needs as well. I really liked the unique approach to religion and gods within the world. It's one of the greatest things about the book, truly, though Yeine's foolish attraction to Nahadoth was also one of my biggest turn-offs. It's a personal thing. I really don't like bad boy types. Their relationship did add a lot of tension to the book (and made me want to slap sense into Yeine) and things culminated in a scene that made me roll my eyes.

But the politics, the mystery of her mother, Yeine's fierce loyalty to her home--I loved those elements. The book is over 400 pages but I tore through in about two days. I can see why the book garnered so much praise. ( )
  ladycato | Sep 27, 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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