The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

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


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After Yeine Darr is summoned to the majestic city of Sky and named an heiress to the king of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, she is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had, drawing ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.

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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.

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.

Mar 23, 2016

For a more detailed review check out this book on my blog!

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.

vmccreedy Dec 27, 2014

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.

Aug 07, 2013

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.

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