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.

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.
The Inheritance Trilogy The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms The Broken Kingdoms The Kingdom of Gods
The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition) Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction) The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)
For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:
Dreamblood Duology The Killing Moon The Shadowed Sun
The Broken Earth The Fifth Season The Obelisk Gate
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2010
ISBN: 9780316043922
9780316043915
Branch Call Number: JEMIS
Characteristics: 427 p

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LisaBunker
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.

Beatricksy Apr 02, 2017

The sexy god thing is exhausting. I don't care that he turns you to goo when you look at him despite knowing he is fully capable of ripping your soul into glittery fragments. It's a disturbing plotline (possibly due to a plot twist with souls--but that doesn't make it any better). It has cluttered world building and a writing style that feels penned to grab awards. The politics are interesting, but the protagonist is too frustrating. I caught myself skipping huge sections and decided it was time to stop.

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.

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fantasybkaddict
Mar 23, 2016

For a more detailed review check out this book on my blog! https://readfantasybooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/the-hundred-thousand-kingdoms-by-n-k-jemisin/

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.

mvkramer Feb 10, 2014

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!

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artemishi
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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mexicanadiense
May 09, 2013

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.

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ladyshallot
Apr 05, 2012

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.

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My people tell stories of the night I was born. They say my mother crossed her legs in the middle of labor and fought with all her strength not to release me into the world.
I was born anyhow, of course; nature cannot be dnied. Yet it does not surprise me that she tried.

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