The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

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After her mother's mysterious death, a young woman is summoned to the floating city of Sky in order to claim a royal inheritance she never knew existed in the first book in this award-winning fantasy trilogy from the NYT bestselling author of The Fifth Season.
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.
The Inheritance Trilogy The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms The Broken Kingdoms The Kingdom of Gods
The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition) Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction) The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)
For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:
Dreamblood Duology The Killing Moon The Shadowed Sun
The Broken Earth The Fifth Season The Obelisk Gate The Stone Sky
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2010
ISBN: 9780316043915
0316043915
Characteristics: 427 p. ; 21 cm
Call Number: JEMISIN, N

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Beatricksy Apr 02, 2017

The sexy god thing is exhausting. I don't care that he turns you to goo when you look at him despite knowing he is fully capable of ripping your soul into glittery fragments. It's a disturbing plotline (possibly due to a plot twist with souls--but that doesn't make it any better). It has cluttere... Read More »


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Beatricksy Apr 02, 2017

The sexy god thing is exhausting. I don't care that he turns you to goo when you look at him despite knowing he is fully capable of ripping your soul into glittery fragments. It's a disturbing plotline (possibly due to a plot twist with souls--but that doesn't make it any better). It has cluttered world building and a writing style that feels penned to grab awards. The politics are interesting, but the protagonist is too frustrating. I caught myself skipping huge sections and decided it was time to stop.

mvkramer Feb 10, 2014

This book may not have been innovative or groundbreaking, but it was well-crafted and very enjoyable. Jemisin has created a very interesting setting that I would love to have seen more of. This book focuses almost entirely on Sky, the decadent capital of the empire, and takes place almost entirely inside the palace itself, so it's a bit limited in that respect. Maybe future books will globe-trot a bit more. The romance kind of squicked me out. Yeine wasn't just in love with a god - Nahadoth is more of an eldritch abomination. Also, I wasn't entirely sure what he saw in her. I would have liked Yeine to be in Sky for a longer time - the compressed time frame meant she could be as much of a part of palace life and politics as I would have liked. Still - very good!

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My people tell stories of the night I was born. They say my mother crossed her legs in the middle of labor and fought with all her strength not to release me into the world.
I was born anyhow, of course; nature cannot be dnied. Yet it does not surprise me that she tried.

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