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I'm reading The Inheritance Trilogy (of which the hundred thousand kingdoms is book 1) one book a day and loving every minute of it.
Too many characters and gods to keep track of. Gave up after a couple of chapters.
I read this book and then totally forgot about it when I checked it out again and started to read the first few pages. Black science fiction & fantasy is not easy to find, but unfortunately the story did not stick with me despite the interesting description. I would still recommend it to others.
I very rarely re-read books, but as a personal goal to finish book series I'd started and loved, I knew I needed to re-visit this one (I loved it in 2012, as you can see below, but I never picked up book 2). I didn't want to just read a synopsis, as I remembered really enjoying this, so I decided to re-read it. And despite the fact that I have changed and grown over the past 6 years and I already knew what was going to happen in the plot, I'm pleased to report I once again adored this novel.
N.K. Jemisin just has a wonderfully lush quality to her writing, with nuanced and deep characters that maintain agency even when they're (literally) slaves. She is also fabulous at world building, creating an empire and several kingdoms that, although very different from what we know, ring true. I basically will auto-buy anything she writes.
If you like magic, intrigue, depth, visceral storytelling, and fierce female characters, do yourself a favor and read this (and the two books that come after it).
A fun intro to a new-to-me fantasy series -- I didn't love it, and found the details surrounding the gods and their histories somewhat muddled and confusing, but I remain intrigued enough to seek out the second book.
My first Jemisin read, and I found it engaging and even delighting from the start. Impressive for a first book. I am going to continue reading this author.
I read this book for the "The First Book In A Trilogy" part of my 2018 reading challenge. The plot had a lot of potential, but I felt that the whole book fell short. I didn't feel involved in any of the characters, and the memories & dreams thrown into the current events made the writing feel choppy.
If you love fantasy with strong women, the intrigue of Meghan Whalen Turner, the first-person stories of Patricia McKillip, the power plays of Sharon Shinn, and the world-building of Anne McCaffrey, you will love this series like I have. I finished this, then had to read it all over again. Highly recommended.
It had been a while since I’d read such a straight-up High Fantasy novel as N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. It was pretty fun. In the story Yeine is a young woman from a matriarchal barbarian tribe who is summoned to Sky, the centre of the titular empire. She is tossed into the line of succession to the not-a-throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and she isn’t sure why. Through the story she makes allies with gods and schemes and tries to do right by her people — all of them.
The book does interesting things with magic and the mysteries Yeine is trying to unravel. The backstory of the Gods’ War is woven in well and you do get the sense that the gods are alien beings, not just people with big egos.
The sexy god thing is exhausting. I don't care that he turns you to goo when you look at him despite knowing he is fully capable of ripping your soul into glittery fragments. It's a disturbing plotline (possibly due to a plot twist with souls--but that doesn't make it any better). It has cluttered world building and a writing style that feels penned to grab awards. The politics are interesting, but the protagonist is too frustrating. I caught myself skipping huge sections and decided it was time to stop.
Very good. N.K. Jemisin is a very good writer. The characters made me want to keep reading. There are a few snaggy parts, but they do get cleared up by the end of the book. I think her character analysis is amazing. She makes characters worth reading about, which I find in most books is not the case. I love how the characters aren't whiny, or complain, which I feel other writers tend to use as a growing point for their character development. I can't stand it when the characters just whine and whine and whine until 30 pages before the end of the book. I do think the main character in this book gets into complaining, but it isn't her style so it doesn't last through the whole book. It is relieving to read something different. The fantasy world is pretty narrow I think, and it is good and refreshing to pick something up that is different from most other books.
For a more detailed review check out this book on my blog! https://readfantasybooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/the-hundred-thousand-kingdoms-by-n-k-jemisin/
I did enjoy this book, but I don’t know that I will want to read it again any time soon. It is just a bit different than what I am used to reading. If you enjoy books that have anything to deal with Gods or politics, or are looking for something a little different to read, then I suggest you give this book a try. I do believe it was nominated for a Hugo Award! Oh! and there are two other books in this series, but this book can stand on its own so you won’t have to make such a huge commitment if you don’t want to.
It's been a while since I read something so absorbing. Just like the main character Yeine, readers will be sucked into the political intrigue. Went and bought the sequels right away.
This book may not have been innovative or groundbreaking, but it was well-crafted and very enjoyable. Jemisin has created a very interesting setting that I would love to have seen more of. This book focuses almost entirely on Sky, the decadent capital of the empire, and takes place almost entirely inside the palace itself, so it's a bit limited in that respect. Maybe future books will globe-trot a bit more. The romance kind of squicked me out. Yeine wasn't just in love with a god - Nahadoth is more of an eldritch abomination. Also, I wasn't entirely sure what he saw in her. I would have liked Yeine to be in Sky for a longer time - the compressed time frame meant she could be as much of a part of palace life and politics as I would have liked. Still - very good!
I LOVED this book. The elegance of the writing, the intensity of the descriptions, the original and refreshing story. I devoured this one, and can't wait to start the others.
Kind of a trippy exploration of the deeper themes of love, betrayal, and the exercise of power...Imagine if the Olympian gods were relegated to the role of middle management over a worldwide empire, and you pretty much get the picture here. Solid read for a first time effort. Recommendable, for sure.
I admit, I skipped several dull parts in the story. The narration often becomes confused, jumping between present and past. Many of the internal discussions the central character, Yeine, experiences do not make sense until much later in the book. This is a character driven story, with the two enslaved gods, Sieh and Nahadoth, holding much of the story's appeal. There are, in my mind, several fatal flaws to the plot and ending, but it was mostly, a very enjoyable story.
Pg. 170 - So far i have found myself drawn into the difficulties and strife. The dark corners of the book may keep you on edge, yet the writing style draws you deeper and deeper into the plot and peril. So far 4 star....
It took me a bit of time to get the hang of this book--you know you are entering a different world with different rules and customs. But it's fast paced and well written with some very good characters. It certainly kept me reading all the way until the end. I hear it is part of a series but it is a little hard for me to see where it will go next.
This book garbed my attention in the first two chapters and carried me through to the end with great surprise at the end that totally satisfied me. This book takes a fresh look at questions of live death and the choices we have and has a lot of fun doing it.