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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Jemisin, N. K. (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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. 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.
Authors: Jemisin, N. K.
Title: The hundred thousand kingdoms
Publisher: New York :, Orbit,, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 427 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: N.K. Jemisin
Notes: Includes "Extras", interview with the author [p 417-421]. Also includes excerpt of "The broken kingdoms", book two of the Inheritance trilogy, by N.K. Jemisin [p.423-427]
ISBN: 9780316043915
Branch Call Number: SF JEMISIN 2010
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Report This Feb 10, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book may not have been innovative or groundbreaking, but it was well-crafted and very enjoyable. Jemisin has created a very interesting setting that I would love to have seen more of. This book focuses almost entirely on Sky, the decadent capital of the empire, and takes place almost entirely inside the palace itself, so it's a bit limited in that respect. Maybe future books will globe-trot a bit more. The romance kind of squicked me out. Yeine wasn't just in love with a god - Nahadoth is more of an eldritch abomination. Also, I wasn't entirely sure what he saw in her. I would have liked Yeine to be in Sky for a longer time - the compressed time frame meant she could be as much of a part of palace life and politics as I would have liked. Still - very good!

Report This Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This May 09, 2013
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Kind of a trippy exploration of the deeper themes of love, betrayal, and the exercise of power...Imagine if the Olympian gods were relegated to the role of middle management over a worldwide empire, and you pretty much get the picture here. Solid read for a first time effort. Recommendable, for sure.

Report This Apr 05, 2012
  • ladyshallot rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I admit, I skipped several dull parts in the story. The narration often becomes confused, jumping between present and past. Many of the internal discussions the central character, Yeine, experiences do not make sense until much later in the book. This is a character driven story, with the two enslaved gods, Sieh and Nahadoth, holding much of the story's appeal. There are, in my mind, several fatal flaws to the plot and ending, but it was mostly, a very enjoyable story.

Report This Mar 13, 2011
  • kallithdragonna rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Pg. 170 - So far i have found myself drawn into the difficulties and strife. The dark corners of the book may keep you on edge, yet the writing style draws you deeper and deeper into the plot and peril. So far 4 star....

Report This Aug 16, 2010
  • shapjul rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It took me a bit of time to get the hang of this book--you know you are entering a different world with different rules and customs. But it's fast paced and well written with some very good characters. It certainly kept me reading all the way until the end. I hear it is part of a series but it is a little hard for me to see where it will go next.

Report This Apr 05, 2010
  • aliaduffy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book garbed my attention in the first two chapters and carried me through to the end with great surprise at the end that totally satisfied me. This book takes a fresh look at questions of live death and the choices we have and has a lot of fun doing it.


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