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Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin



Title: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy)
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Pages: 410
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: A+


Synopsis: (from Goodreads)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 a pair of 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.


This novel has all the things I like: Gods, mortals, mystery, court intrigue, palaces, magic, love, and plot twists. It is really, really good. I think this is my favorite book I have read in a long time. I think this is mostly due to the fact that Jemisin is such a gifted writer; it was so easy to read this book because she can create such vivid images and feelings effortlessly (or at least make it look that way). I found myself liking many characters; Sieh, the god in the form and mind of a boy, Nahadoth the Nightlord, Scimina the scheming cousin. Jemisin creates a different format for telling the story. It is narrated by Yeine but throughout she falters and the narration changes s and you only find out at the end why this is.

By the end of the novel I found myself caring a lot about the characters. In the beginning I wasn’t too connected with Yeine but she really grows and changes through the story that by the end I was really hoping she would succeed.

I believe this is Jeminsin’s first novel (although she is not new to writing) and I have to highly, highly recommend this to anyone interested in a unique fantasy and one written excellently. I cannot wait for the rest of the series! A+


Currently Reading: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood


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