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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: 20.7 x 14.4 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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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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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By A. Soares TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 6 2013
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Strider TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 16 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pros: a lot of good interpersonal relationships, unique mythology, excellent worldbuilding, interesting characters (particularly Sieh), some romance

Cons: the political maneuverings of the potential heirs takes a back seat to other affairs (which is only a con in that I was expecting the book to deal more with the politics of the Kingdoms)

The Hundred Thousands Kingdoms is a fantasy novel that grabbed my interest from page one and didn't let it go. Yeine Darr is narrating 2 very interesting weeks of her life. At times she interrupts her own story to mention something she forgot to say earlier or something about the world and its people she thinks you should know. This makes for an engaging read as it's almost like being around a camp fire and hearing a live storyteller (in the way that dialogue feels real even though people don't speak the way dialogue is presented).

Yeine is a leader among her 'barbarian' people. She is also the half-blood granddaughter of the current ruler of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. And he has called her to Sky for reasons she does not know.

While there, she plans to force her grandfather to admit to her mother's murder.

But once in Sky Yeine meets Nahadoth, Sieh, Kurue and Zhakkarn, one of the Three Gods and his children. They were defeated by Bright Itempas and made slaves to and weapons for the Kingdoms' Arameri rulers. And they have their own plans for Yeine.

Jemisin has developed a distinctive voice, which was a pleasure to read. Her characters are engaging and sympathetic - even when they're doing things you otherwise wouldn't agree with. The plot is deceptively simple, gaining in complexity as the story progresses. You'll think you know what the ending is going to be. You don't.
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