The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

, #1

425 pages

English language

Published Aug. 7, 2010 by Orbit.

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4 stars (5 reviews)

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.With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably together.

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Review of 'The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Really interesting story in a fascinating world. Perhaps a bit too much going on at times as it's a world where everything is so strange and different it can be hard to keep up with what's happening and why. It's also solely told amongst the elite, and that leaves open a lot of questions about how this world works on the ground, but maybe the rest of the trilogy will cover that.

reviewed The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin (Inheritance Trilogy, #1)

Review of 'The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I almost gave this book a higher rating because I really enjoyed the setting and the story immensely. Our first person protagonist is Yeine, granddaughter of Dekarta Arameri. The Arameris are the ruling family of the hundred thousand kingdoms. Yeine is an outsider from the kingdom of Darre and travels to the Arameri Palace of Sky after her mother's death. There she is named heir, in a system where only the strongest of multiple heirs survives. As Yeine tries to understand her mother's history while surviving the intrigues of the other heirs, she learns that the gods need her for their machinations as well.

The writing is beautiful, and the story is wonderfully intriguing. The only reason this does not have five stars is the stupid love story the author apparently felt necessary. It made no sense to me at all.

I still highly recommend this to people who enjoy …

reviewed The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin (Inheritance Trilogy, #1)

Review of 'The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This was a thoroughly enjoyable book and a fresh take on a traditional fantasy story. We're all familiar with the story of a young man (or woman; though it tends to be a man) that is thrust into power as he/she inherits it or discovers he/she is a lost prince/princess, etc, etc. We're also familiar with the stories of all-powerful gods intervening in mortal affairs. Jemisin manages to take both aspects and merges them together in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. While there are more books to this series (a trilogy), the first feels very independent as the other two deal with different characters and plots. If you're interested in the history and development of the world, you can continue reading them, otherwise you end at the first and get a complete story.

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