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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2010
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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 ›
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An asterism is a series of three punctuation marks (usually periods or asterisks) that is used to denote subchapters. You may have seen it used. Perhaps if you're a 19th century printer. Or in a freshman poetry class.
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Interestingly, the author litters nearly every single page with these landmines of punctuation. This makes for a distinctive writing style. And by distinctive, I mean "frustrating". I can only guess at the intention. Perhaps they were meant to offset the near-stream of conscious (rivulet of consciousness?) style of the protagonist's first-person prose? But any advantage to doing that was swiftly lost when
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You're getting annoyed now right? Not just having the bloody things interrupt mid-sentence, but, if you're paying attention, you may have noticed that you're now reading in the second person, instead of the first.
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The book does toy with some interesting concepts - at least in passing. In the setting of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, the good guys have won. The evil night-god is imprisoned and forced to do construction work. The good sky-god and his kinfolk are ruling the world. Peace reigns. War is strictly controlled - and mostly bloodless.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
N. K. Jemisin has quickly reached placement on my favorite contemporary authors list (alongside Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Caitlin R. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amy Jesionowski
I thoroughly enjoyed the freshness of the voice in this book. It is set in an alien world with gods who can create universes, but display the emotions and weaknesses of humans. Read morePublished 5 days ago by R. Nash
...but lacking in...excitement? The words and sentences themselves are missing a little shine. It could have been developed so much more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by casethebass
I would do it again - and I likely will with the other two that follow. I am hard to please with fantasy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nikki
PLEASE read her novels. My best friend shared them with me and we had a field day talking about the different aspects. It's a complex and unique story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pendragon
It's an interesting book. I liked most of the story and the characters are pretty solid. The interactions between Yeine and the various gods were pretty cool. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Geomancer
I loved this book. It was a bit addicting and I caught myself reading snatches, even if I had just a few minutes to spare. Read morePublished 2 months ago by katie s