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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

by N. K. Jemisin

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Series: The Inheritance Trilogy (1)

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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 with 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.… (more)
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    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)
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    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
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    MyriadBooks: For the tools of chained gods.
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    aulandez: 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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    City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (calmclam)
    calmclam: Similar themes of empire and colonialism as well as wars against/between the gods.
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    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.
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    The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman (MyriadBooks)
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  11. 10
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    kaionvin: Dueling gods, reincarnation, child-like characters, and a female protagonist who gets involved in it all.
  12. 11
    Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny (Shrike58)
    Shrike58: The cost of the abuse of divine powers, political & social intrigue, and a sprawling setting.
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    The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Another epic fantasy tale featuring gods
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    The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop (aboulomania)
  16. 02
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    majkia: both are well-written creative takes on normal fantasy tropes
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Just started this and I already think it's better than the books in the Song of Ice and Fire Series. Really.

Wonderful story, beautifully told. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! ( )
  Carmentalie | Jun 4, 2022 |
A fantasy tale of a woman joining the royalty and surrounded by gods who have become slaves. The premise of the world is fascinating and all the characters are interesting and unique. The storyline starts off really interesting and then gets lost a bit, but finds its footing at the end. It is a great start to a trilogy although the storyline starts and ends so can be read as a stand alone book. ( )
  renbedell | May 26, 2022 |
The narration of this book is perfect. Right from the start, she pulled me in with her interesting story and infuriatingly, wonderfully mysterious way of telling it.

And then it stops being PG in the weirdest way, and that keeps happening. The story kind of loses its fire. It keeps the mysterious narration, but even that loses (some of) its greatness. (Still at a nice level of great, though.)

The first 29% of this story is pure bliss. ( )
  brutalstirfry | May 6, 2022 |
This fantasy is large in scope and I admit that I was lost for a while.

I didn't understand the entire plot as I was reading it.

Now that I've had time to digest, I see that there is a very intricate family drama amidst the fantasy.

Yeine is a leader from the Far North who is called by her Grandfather the great ruler of Sky and named as an heir to the empire. Eventually the reader learns of her actual purpose.

The writing is plain - meaning there isn't a lot of flowery description. There is a great deal of very useful description of how the palace of Sky is set up but what caught me off were some of the clunky expositional bits that seemed to come out of nowhere.

Thinking about it longer, the political machinations were astounding especially when you consider that this story can be seen as a allusion for colonisation (the Arameri race is a light-skinned race who considers themselves rulers of the world versus the main character Yeine who is a dark-skinned woman from a 'conquered' land)

Overall, I was disappointed in this first installment but I do plan to finish the trilogy because of the ending of this first book - I thought the ending was stunning.

**All thoughts and opinions are my own.** ( )
  The_Literary_Jedi | Apr 30, 2022 |
Ágætis fantasía þar sem guðir eru á meðal manna en töpuðu í orrustu við þá og eru þrælar í þágu yfirstéttanna. Aðalpersónan hefur verið í útlegð þar sem foreldrar hennar tóku saman í óþökk einvaldsins. Hún er óvænt kölluð til höfuðborgarinnar og útnefnd sem ein af þremur arftökum hans. Þremenningunum er ætlað að takast á um völdin þar til einn stendur uppi sem sigurvegari og verður næsti einvaldur. Áhugavert sjónarhorn og fróðlegt að sjá í hvaða átt seinni bækur taka seríuna. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms definitely leaves me wanting more of this delightful new writer.
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Benini, MilenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mata, ManuelTraductorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 with 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.

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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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