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.