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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Original edition (Feb. 25 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316043915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316043915
  • ASIN: 0316043915
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jemisin's first novel has a wistful, lyrical tone, and the intrigue - both romantic and political - is skillfully handled. Book one in the Inheritance Trilogy is sensitive, restrained high fantasy Guardian A story that manages to be both fantastically grand and very personal. Definitely recommended Waterstones Books Quarterly "A bold and strong new voice in fantasy fiction" Tricia Sullivan, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author whose short fiction and novels have been multiply nominated for the Hugo, the World Fantasy Award, and the Nebula, shortlisted for the Crawford and the Tiptree, and have won the Locus Award. Her website is

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By A. Soares TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 6 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is the first of three books set in the "Hundred Thousand Kingdoms". I picked up this book on a whim and am thoroughly happy I did. Ms. Jemisin has created a world in which a powerful family has maintained a ruthless rule for centuries with the help of enslaved gods.

In this book, we meet Yeine, the estranged grandaughter of the dying king. Yeine is brought to her grandfather's castle "Sky" after her mother dies as one of three potential heirs. From here Yeine is thrusr into an unfamiliar world of politics, "fallen" gods with plans of their own, all the while trying to stay alive and discover who has killed her mother.

Readers will be enthralled as they learn more about the Gods and how they came to be enslaved.

My complaint: the book was too short for the content and I felt that the transitions were somewhat rushed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Griffiths on May 6 2010
Format: Paperback
I picked this up on a whim, with no expectations, and was pleasantly surprised. The author weaves an interesting world where three gods once ruled, but only one remains. One was killed, one is enslaved by the head of the world-ruling faction, and the third alone is worshiped by humankind.

The story follows a young girl, Yeine, granddaughter to the head of the faction that rules a conglomeration of kingdoms, who is brought back from her unsophisticated homeland, and made one of three potential heirs to the faction by her ailing grandfather.

As interesting as this sounds, N.K. Jemisin definitely spends more time describing and expanding the relationships between the characters in the book. Though this is fantasy, the "fantastic" nature of the story is a foil to the human drama, and the game of politics that Yeine must navigate. Part murder mystery, part political thriller, part fantasy novel - it needed another 300 pages to do all three well.

I enjoyed the book, but found that the potential of the world created by Ms Jemisin wasn't fully exploited - a human drama overlaying a partially rendered picture; more detail on the background would have made this a much more enjoyable read. Scott R Bakker does this wonderfully.

That said, I am looking forward to the next book in the series, though the ending of this novel makes me curious as to the contents.
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By Kirsten Gonzales on April 26 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The beginning of a very beautiful series. Unique, well realised and readable. Don't read just this book. Finish the whole series--it's worth it. It can be grim and dark, brutal and wild. But also kind, sweet and lovely. Not a typical fantasy, with age-old, dull, fantasy tropes.

I really enjoyed this book and the rest of the trilogy. I'm going to be picking up Jemisin's next trilogy very soon.
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