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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Book 1 (The Inheritance Trilogy) Paperback – February 25, 2010
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
NYT Best-selling Author of The Night Angel Trilogy
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stellar world building and definitely didn't unfold the way I thought it would. Dense, there's a lot going on, but a fantastic read.Published 9 days ago by toomanyoxfords
This book offers a unique perspective and I found it quite entertaining and best of all the ending was not predictable. I look forward to seeing where this series is headed next.Published 13 days ago by cindysue
This is the SFF novel you've been waiting for. Everything you could want in a great SFF novel:
-Incredibly cool, imaginative idea
-A complex, well-thought out... Read more
As book titles go, this one has little relation to its content. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is, at its heart, a chamber play: a small cast, minimal set, occupying a small space. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MKEH
The King brought his grand-daughter Yeine to the palace after his disowned daughter died. She is now in competition with her aunt and uncle for inheritance of the Kingdom, the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sylvia McIvers
Was this her first novel? I think so. I dunno, but I should find out. But here's an author who took every trope of common fantasy, tossed them out, and made something purely... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Landreneau
This book is truly incredible. It is magical and exciting at every turn. The writing is beautiful. It kept me hanging onto every page.Published 2 months ago by A
My first warning that I might not like this book came when Yeine first meets Nahadoth, and the cringey stabbing/kissing/fanfic-y scene that follows. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jenny