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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 46 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 1, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0041JKFYC
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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Artists sometimes struggle with not creating art that is similar to previous works. in the case of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Ms. Jeminsin has forged a fresh and richly detailed story.
The main character is Yeine, a young woman from a matriarchal warrior culture in one of the thousands of kingdoms. She served as a sort of prime minister in her small country but has been called to the city of Sky, the ruling capital of the world. Yeine is quickly immersed in the snakepit of warring factions, makde up of both humans and shackled gods. As the story unfolds the reader encounters some details of Yeine's culture. Although it is not central to the plot, the structure of Yeine's matriarchal culture was a fascinating thread in the larger plot.
Ms. Jemisin books have attracted many readers and many Amazon reviews, so I'll make this short. Ms. Jemisin has become one of those writers where I will buy anything that she publishes. I look forward to reading the rest of The Inheritance series.
Some of the reviews I read stated that it was difficult to follow, but I had no trouble at all. I enjoyed learning right along side the lead, and the flow of the story line was very easy to follow. I must now get the second one. Yay.
The final chapter unfortunately was just flat boring. All of the interesting things set up in the story are tossed aside in a massive wall of text and then it's over.
I won't be bothering with anything more in the series but I'm not sorry I read this one.
I had pretty much all of the ending already worked out about halfway though, but that didn't make it less interesting. My main complaint is that it really bothers me in novels when a main character falls in love with someone really quickly and for no real reason.
Anyway - it was a good entertaining read, just don't expect anything too deep or surprising. This book reminds me some of the Abhorsen series or the Graceling books. I'd call this a "beach read" for fantasy lovers