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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

N.K. Jemisin
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this brilliantly original debut fantasy, a young woman becomes entangled in a power struggle of mythic proportions.

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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Starred Review. Convoluted without being dense, Jemisin's engaging debut grabs readers right from the start. Yeine desires nothing more than a normal life in her barbarian homeland of Darr. But her mother was of the powerful Arameri family, and when Yeine is summoned to the capital city of Sky a month after her mother's murder, she cannot refuse. Dakarta, her grandfather and the Arameri patriarch, pits her against her two cousins as a potential heir to the throne. In an increasingly deep Zelaznyesque series of political maneuverings, Yeine, nearly powerless but fiercely determined, finds potential allies among her relatives and the gods who are forced to live in Sky as servants after losing an ancient war. Multifaceted characters struggle with their individual burdens and desires, creating a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists. (Mar.)
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Yeine Darr, mourning the murder of her mother, is summoned to the magnificent and beautiful city of Sky by the king, her grandfather. He names her his heir but has already assigned that role to both his niece and his nephew, so what he’s now done is set up a competitive and thorny three-way power struggle. Yeine, looking more like her Darre father than her Arameri mother, may be a baroness in the Arameri world, but in the matriarchal North she is a chieftain of her people. She is also terrified and fascinated by the gods who roam Sky, including the nocturnally monstrous Nahadoth and the childlike Sieh. In just a few days, Yeine discovers that every action has consequences when she inadvertently sets up Darre to be attacked and realizes that her role in the succession to the throne may be that of a human sacrifice. This complex tale of politics, assassination, racism, and gods too intimately involved in the lives of humans is a challenging read and a notable authorial debut. --Diana Tixier Herald

Product Details

  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1841498173
  • Publisher: Orbit; Original edition (February 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ZDJZO2
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263 of 300 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great New Name in Fantasy February 1, 2010
Format:Paperback
[This review is based on an Advanced Reading Copy]

What if gods were real...and walked among us...enslaved...and were used as weapons...and were really pissed off about it?

N.K. Jemisin is a gifted storyteller and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a satisfying tale built on intriguing ideas. Buy this book if you love the flights of imagination only possible in fantasy. Buy it if you love stories of betrayal, murder, hard truths, and being in way over your head.

The book is written in the first person. I usually hate this. Here, it works. There are scattered, apparent digressions: snippets of history, backstory. This may bother you. I thought it fit, and the digressions served a purpose. Though the story deals with politics at the highest level, the cast is small. For those who get lost and frustrated in a George R. R. Martin-sized cast, this is a boon. Jemisin's characters are clearly differentiated and easy to remember. Those who love additional complexity may wish the cast were larger and the book longer. This IS the first book in a trilogy, so I'm sure we'll get to see more in later books. The world is fascinating, but we spend most of this book inside the central palace of Sky. The visuals are clear and cool.

[Full disclosure: I have met Ms. Jemisin once, and she is published by the same company I am. However, neither she nor Orbit asked me to do this review.]

N.K. Jemisin is a debut novelist who deserves the chance to write many more novels. But you don't care about that, and you shouldn't. The only question that matters to you is, "Among all my other options, is THIS book worth my money and my time?" Yes, and yes. Emphatically.

-Brent Weeks
NYT Best-selling Author of The Night Angel Trilogy
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining; Could Be Better October 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is the first book in the Inheritance Trilogy, written by first time author N.K. Jemisin, a new voice in the fantasy genre. The book is far from perfect, but as far as debut novels go, it's pretty good. The story follows the adventures of Yeine, leader of a somewhat barbarian tribe who happens to be the granddaughter of the most powerful man in the world. Her grandfather, seemingly out of the blue, names her one of three potential heirs. Yeine finds herself in a whole new world of intrigue and danger, as she realizes that her rivals will stop at nothing to take the throne. And even more dangerous, perhaps, is the fact that Yeine's grandfather and his progeny control a God and his offspring who, bitter after years of abuse and confinement, have their own deadly agendas.

Jemisin writes from the limited first person perspective of Yeine. So a lot of the action occurs off the page and is related by Yeine some time later. Yeine is an entertaining narrator. She is intelligent, funny, and likeable. She is also pretty ignorant at first, which leaves the reader equally ignorant. If you like that style of writing, you should like Jemisin's style. The prose is nothing fancy. Jemisin can write some pretty good descriptive narration when she wants to, but it doesn't really fit with Yeine's style of addressing the reader. The dialogue is generally sound but can be a little wooden and unrealistic at times. The result of the narrative, too, is that some plot elements and action sequences are poorly explained. The novel can be confusing at times, not because of any internal complexity, but simply from poor explanation. But for the most part, the reader can understand what is going on pretty easily.
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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling debut from an author to watch February 18, 2010
Format:Paperback
Hype. A powerful tool in the publishing industry. It's an impressive achievement when a yet-to-be-published author can create and maintain buzz about their debut novel, with readers going gaga over something that hasn't even hit store shelves. It's exciting for those readers, but dangerous as well. For every time an author lives up to that hype (Patrick Rothfuss) several others fail to take advantage, to prove they were worth it (Robert Newcomb, anyone?). As a reviewer, I try to separate myself from the hype, to choose my books based on what I find interesting, not what the publishers are pushing hardest. Sometimes, though, it's unavoidable. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin is one of those cases.

As with any highly-anticipated novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms had predefined itself in my mind, based on nothing more than the blurb on the back of the book and the beautiful cover. Before it even arrived on my doorstep, it was a victim of preconceptions and expectations. I opened The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms expecting one book and found a very different beast within. Expectations are often dangerous, but in this case, the smashing of them was a very good thing indeed, for I expected a familiar story, only to find a wonderfully original one in its place.

The synopsis hints at a traditional novel - young, naive protagonist, whisked into adventure and intrigue, shouldered with the responsibility of saving the world and navigating the bloody politics of her land. Even the tittle, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms suggests the novel is an expansive struggle of lands and kingdoms, typical of Epic Fantasy (or Secondary World Fantasy, take your pick of sub-genre).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictively interesting
I love this trilogy. If you are into fantasy and mythology, this is the book for you! The other two are great as well. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Melanie M Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good trilogy..
Published 8 days ago by avid hiker
4.0 out of 5 stars A well told tale
A tale of power, gods and the humans who keep them as slaves.
Well written and evocative with deep characterization.
Published 12 days ago by Jeff Cuscutis
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant tale of men, gods, and those trapped between
Yeine Darr has spent her life preparing to be the ennu of her people. When she is summoned to Sky, the palace of her Arameri grandfather, she finds herself thrown into palace... Read more
Published 16 days ago by E. VanZwoll
2.0 out of 5 stars Was a pretty disappointing read
The main character has little to no affect on the overall plot. Was a pretty disappointing read.
Published 17 days ago by darkofday
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and a good story all around
Something were really great while other parts of the story, characters, etc. lacked. Overall an entertaining story and worth a read. Read more
Published 17 days ago by K. Vanderford
2.0 out of 5 stars it was ok I guess
Brief description: this story starts off with a girl who is called by her grandfather to his kingdom in the sky where she is named as one of three heirs to the throne. Read more
Published 28 days ago by chad
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and intriguing
Interesting new concept. Refreshing read and an unanticipated ending. I enjoyed it very much.
Published 28 days ago by Michael A. Kelley
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly I was just bored with it
I came into this book quite hopeful. Sadly I was just bored with it. It just seemed to meander along without going anywhere exciting.
Published 1 month ago by Jeremiah Hoyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice writing style
Intriguing world. Nice writing style. I appreciated that it's not a cliff-hanger. Although I am interested in reading the next installment, I don't feel like I have to go buy it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by maggieb
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More About the Author

N. K. Jemisin is an author living and writing in Brooklyn, NY. This is fortunate as she enjoys subways, tiny apartments, and long walks through city parks. Her short fiction has been published in a number of magazines and podcast markets, and has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula award. THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS and THE BROKEN KINGDOMS were also nominated for (collectively) the Hugo, the Nebula, the Tiptree, the Crawford, the Gemmell, the... hell, I lose track. I actually won the Locus Award for Best First Novel and the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award (twice). Blah blah blah, the usual.

Look, I like to write. In particular I like to write about ordinary people in extraordinary situations, preferrably in non-Earth worlds which nevertheless reflect our own concerns. By now I've published five novels, many short stories, and I'm currently working on my next trilogy. I'll occasionally talk about that here, and also my cat.

If you really like what I have to say and want to hear more, feel free to check out my author blog at nkjemisin.com .

Oh, and buy my book!

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When the Kindle price is more than the hardcover or paperback price . . .
The mass market version isn't available yet (not 'til October). To put the Kindle edition at the mass market price when only the trade paperback is currently available creates exactly the same "competing with themselves" problem you've mentioned with hardcovers. Complain about this in... Read More
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Minority Authors and Minority Characters
Steven Barnes, Nalo Hopkinson, Octavia Butler--Kind of the usual suspects, I realize. Ten or fifteen years ago there was an anthology of african-american fantasy or horror. If you can find it, it will at least give you a list of names. I think Hopkinson edited it.

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