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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 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.

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"Convoluted without being dense, Jemisin's engaging debut grabs readers right from the start. Yeine desires nothing more than a normal life in her 'barbarian' homeland of Darr. But her mother was of the powerful Arameri family, and when Yeine is summoned to the capital city of Sky a month after her mother's murder, she cannot refuse. Dakarta, her grandfather and the Arameri patriarch, pits her against her two cousins as a potential heir to the throne. In an increasingly deep Zelaznyesque series of political maneuverings, Yeine, nearly powerless but fiercely determined, finds potential allies among her relatives and the gods who are forced to live in Sky as servants after losing an ancient war. Multifaceted characters struggle with their individual burdens and desires, creating a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

N.K. Jemisin is a career counselor, political blogger, and would-be gourmand living in New York City. She's been writing since the age of 10, although her early works will never see the light of day. Find out more about the author at nkjemisin.com.

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CKL, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by CKL)
I don't read a lot of fantasy (I'm more of a science fiction guy), but picked up this book because it was one of the 2011 Hugo nominees for best novel--and I loved it. The second book is also excellent, albeit very different; and the third is already on my bookshelf, waiting for me. Highly recommended.
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teawaste, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by teawaste)
Incredibly powerful and beautifully written - highly and enthusiastically recommended.

I'm generally someone who chooses robust character development over well-crafted language, but Jemisin uses her elegant style in service of the plot, making the choice unneccessary. Her world is fully formed without being overly detailed, and the plot is complex and engaging, but never intricate for its own sake.

Yeine, the protagonist, balances being fiercely independent with growing into herself. In general, most of the characters have a level of detail and nuance that make the book unusually deep and satisfying, and it's one I would recommend to anyone who likes speculative fiction (as well as a fair number of folks who just don't like it *yet*).
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Teri Crosby, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by Teri Crosby)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a new debut author release from NK Jemisin. The world building portrayed throughout this book is fantastical and the characters and how they relate to each other was such a breath of new life to the genre that I was totally absorbed in the book for an evening. This book is fantastical with a brand new host of characters that do not involves ghosts, angels, or vampires. We have a hierarchy if humans and their class issues and then we have a host of gods and godlings. There is just enough back story to love and not to much that you want to skip lengthy descriptions of the world. You get a taste of the different lives but are totally drawn into the main characters.
If you want an epic fantasy/scifi read full of new life, pick to up. You will not be disappointed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316043915
Author:
Jemisin, N. K.
Publisher:
Orbit
Author:
Jemisin, N. K.
Author:
Jemison, Nora
Subject:
Gods
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Epic fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Subject:
Grief; Loss; Death of a parent; Kings; Grandfathers; Cousins; Power struggles; Heirs; Family secrets; Family rivalry; Succession; Family histories; Gods and goddesses; Racism; Political intrigue; Betrayal; Slavery
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Inheritance Trilogy
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20101001
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
7 x 4.25 x 1.25 in 0.46 lb

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