Murakami Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | August 6, 2014

Graham Joyce: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Graham Joyce



The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit is set on the English coast in the hot summer of 1976, so the music in this playlist is pretty much all from the... Continue »
  1. $17.47 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #1)

by

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #1) Cover

ISBN13: 9780316043915
ISBN10: 0316043915
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 3 left in stock at $7.50!

 

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 4 comments:

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.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(3 of 6 readers found this comment helpful)
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*).
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
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.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
oracne, October 19, 2009 (view all comments by oracne)
I read an advance copy of this novel.

For me, the prose was the major selling point; that along with the angst and audacity of holding gods captive. Jemisin's prose is, put simply, gorgeous. It has a rhythm that effortlessly drew me into the fantasy world she created. Never once did I doubt Yeine's voice, and every sentence made me crave more of it.

Yeine is young - not yet twenty - but before the novel begins, she's chief of her people in the matriarchal country of Darr. She's also grieving for her mother, whose recent unexpected death was suspicious. Now she's a stranger in a strange land, given privileges she didn't expect, doesn't want, and distrusts. There's a lot in this novel about privilege: privilege granted by the gods' favor, privilege of wealth and attendant political power, privilege of social rank. The human privilege on display interacts with the implications of captive gods in ways I found fascinating.

So far as the plot went, Yeine's cousin and grandfathers were in opposition to her, but to me they weren't the point at all; the point was Yeine's developing relationships with two of the captive gods, Sieh and Nahadoth, and even more importantly, Yeine's coming to terms with her mother and the choices her mother made. Those relationships were incredibly deep; the gods in this novel have the same depth and complexity as gods taken from "real world" mythology - Sieh is a child god, but also a trickster, and an adolescent torn by grief and doubt, and an old god borne down by grief; Nahadoth is darkness and glory and fear and danger, but also poignant grief. Yeine's mother was just as complex and contradictory, both a loving mother and a ruthless politician, and in some ways more privileged than the captive gods, because she had power over them.

All in all, a wonderful book, and one that I think will reward rereading.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(2 of 3 readers found this comment helpful)
 1-4 of 4

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:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
7 x 4.25 x 1.25 in 0.46 lb

Other books you might like

  1. Arcane Power: A 4th Edition D&d... Used Hardcover $12.50

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » Fantasy » Epic

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #1) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$7.50 In Stock
Product details 432 pages Orbit - English 9780316043915 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.