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The Inheritance Trilogy Paperback – December 9, 2014
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"Ah N.K. Jemisin, you can do no wrong...The blend of cultures and lore she draws on to make this very unique world is just stunning, and the fact that she inhabits it with such 3-dimensional characters is even more impressive...If you want to get away from traditional fantasy world-building, but keep the compelling characters and deep lore, definitely pick this up!!"―Felicia Day on The Killing Moon
"Many books are good, some are great, but few are truly important. Add to this last category The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin's debut novel...In this reviewer's opinion, this is the must-read fantasy of the year."―Booklist
"Jemisin's engaging debut grabs readers right from the start...a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists."―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
"An offbeat, engaging tale by a talented and original newcomer."―Kirkus on The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
"An astounding debut novel...the world building is solid, the characterization superb, the plot complicated but clear."―RT Book Reviews (Top Pick) on The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
"In The Killing Moon, Jemisin displays her usual skill at portraying a world whose contours seem simple at first but which quickly break down into something much more complex and dissonant. The world is so fully fleshed out that I could breathe its spices, while the story and characters are so much a part of the world that you could not pull this story or these people out and plug them into a different setting. Jemisin proves yet again that she is one of the important new writers in the sff scene."―Kate Elliott, author of Cold Fire, on The Killing Moon
"Jemisin...creates a fabulously diverse array of peoples and lands, shot through with magic, loss, sex, and heartbreak."―NPR Books on The Inheritance Trilogy
"An absolutely fascinating read."―RT Book Reviews on The Killing Moon
"A delight for the fantasy reader."―Library Journal (Starred Review) on The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
About the Author
N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author who won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for The Fifth Season, which was also a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. She previously won the Locus Award for her first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and her short fiction and novels have been nominated multiple times for Hugo, World Fantasy, Nebula, and RT Reviewers' Choice awards, and shortlisted for the Crawford and the James Tiptree, Jr. awards. She is a science fiction and fantasy reviewer for the New York Times, and you can find her online at nkjemisin.com.
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I did enjoy some of the quirky characters- God, Godlings and Mortals. Jemisen has the guts to actually write sex scenes and graphic violence. The writing is fine. Overall the characters are interesting. I feel like the author, in trying to avoid devises like heroic quests, failed to find something to provide direction and flow to the trilogy. After a promising start, the work just kind of faded.
I'm reading The Fifth Season right now, and Jemisin might seriously be my new favourite author, for this trick - they sincerely feel like /stories that are being told to me/, personally, in a clever and funny way. I can't count the number of times I smiled because of the specific way that something was phrased. They're absolutely brilliant, conscious, living stories and I can't possibly recommend them enough.
So, I obliged. I picked it up right after I finished Restoration and figured it would take me at least a couple weeks to finish. I don’t tend to rip through books; I make a leisurely stroll of it so I can savor the characters and the world. So, logically, even if I started in March I could still put it on my April To Be Read and make it an easy-to-check goal. After all, I’d be–what–halfway done? At the most?
I was wrong. The first half took me maybe a week, reading a chapter or two a night. It was good; I mean, I liked it… But I wasn’t particularly compelled through the narrative, either. Several reasons.
I had a hard time with the nonlinear storytelling at first. Tangents in my fiction tend to drive me up a wall. The further I got into the story, the more used to Yeine’s digressions I became. I eventually even came to like them. But it was a barrier for me at the start.
I also didn’t particularly care for Yeine at first. I was much more interested in the fates of the captive Gods than I was for her, her homeland, her mother, or even her safety. That changed as the book went on, but for a significant part of it, she was just the vehicle through which I was reading about Nahadoth and the others.
I did, however, love the supporting cast to a man. T’vril, Viraine, all of the Gods–I just adored them. Or loved to hate them, in the case of most of the Arameri. I also enjoyed the setting and the feel Sky put in my bones as I read. That alone was enough to keep me going.
The second half of the book took me one day. I physically could not put it down. Also, I didn’t call the ending from half-court, which is always the mark of a strong story for me. I love when the conclusion of the story is both unexpected and inevitable. That I don’t see it coming but also can’t imagine it ending any other way now that I’ve gotten there.
Also, Jemisin's work only gets better as you go. I loved Broken Kingdoms about ten times as much as I did Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and I loved Kingdom of Gods even more! I don’t want to spoil anything, though, so I’m just going to say this: if you had a hard time getting through the first half of HTK? Give it time. It pays off!
The first book introduces the world, and the relationship between Yeine and Nahadoth. It takes you on a journey with Yeine as she learns about the gods, the powerful Arameri family, her own history, and finds her place among them. The second introduces Oree Shoth, her talents and life among the godlings, and role in the redemption of the previous ruling god, Itempas. The third and final book focuses on Sieh and his relationships, and while he is the most interesting god the story does lag a bit when its not about his relationship to the Arameri heirs Shahar and Deka.