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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms [Paperback]

N. K. Jemisin
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Feb. 25 2010 The Inheritance Trilogy (Book 1)
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.

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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.

About the Author

N.K. Jemisin is a career counselor, political blogger, and would-be gourmand living in New York City. She's been writing since the age of 10, although her early works will never see the light of day. Find out more about the author at nkjemisin.com.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written, Needed more Fleshing Out 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 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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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book of the year Nov. 14 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was actually my favourite book of 2012, but after reading the ebook, I had to have it (and all of N.K. Jemisin's books) on my bookshelf. When it arrived early in 2013, I intended only to skim through to dog ear and highlight all the moments and quotes that had kept me up at nights during my initial read. Instead, I got sucked in all over again. It was even better the second time through, knowing what I did from my first read through. All the little things suddenly had that much more meaning.

Aside from the images and thoughts spilling across Tumblr, one of the things that really attracted me to the book was the author herself who is a woman of colour. It is rare to find people like yourself creating the things that you love so, while I try not to dwell on the paleness of science fiction and fantasy, it increases my enjoyment to be entertained by something that far better reflects life as it could and should be, rather than the reality that sometimes is. It disturbs me that science fiction and fantasy of all things remain bound to our prejudices when the worlds and creatures you can create within these realms should be limitless.

I have not yet written what I would consider a proper review for this book because my thoughts are just too muddled with emotion, speculation and lots of spoilers. I haven't started the next book in the trilogy because I'm not quite ready for the emotional commitment. Both times I read THTK, it encompassed my thoughts for long hours - days afterward, which is enough for me to say that it is most definitely five star book in my eyes. I've recommended it to everyone I know!
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