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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

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After her mother's mysterious death, a young woman is summoned to the floating city of Sky in order to claim a royal inheritance she never knew existed in the first book in this award-winning fantasy trilogy from the NYT bestselling author of The Fifth Season.

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.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316043915
Characteristics: 427 p. ; 21 cm


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After her mother's mysterious death, a young woman is summoned to the floating city of Sky in order to claim a royal inheritance she never knew existed in the first book in this award-winning fantasy trilogy from the NYT bestselling author of The Fifth Season.

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Jan 02, 2021

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.

Oct 26, 2019

Too many characters and gods to keep track of. Gave up after a couple of chapters.

Jul 03, 2019

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.

Jan 17, 2019

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).

Oct 29, 2018

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.

Sep 25, 2018

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.

Mar 06, 2018

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.

Dec 04, 2017

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.

SCL_Justin Jul 23, 2017

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.

Beatricksy Apr 02, 2017

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.

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