The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

By: N.K. Jemisin

Synopsis: 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.

Format: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is the first book in the Inheritance Trilogy. It is 410 pages long, and contains a story filled with the betrayal and intrigue of a palace filled with powerful people competing for more power. It was published by Orbit in 2010.

My Thoughts: To start, I loved this book. In a lot of fantasy books you take an individual or group of people who are trying to solve a problem, and sometimes seek or gain help from a higher power (aka some type of God). In this book, the gods are characters with motivations in this world. It creates fascinating turns as the gods are sometimes against the mortals, yet are sometimes forced to work with them. Just this idea took my interest level for this book up a few notches! N.K. Jemisin creates a fantastic world, but this is basically a secondary consideration when looking at her characters. I cannot describe enough how much I enjoyed the interactions of her characters.

Without giving much away, I also love the way she has built the magic into her world. Everything about how different characters use magic, and how magic works in general, makes consistent and logical sense, and is not used as a crutch for the plot in anyway. Speaking of the plot, it contained enough suspense and twists to keep you at the edge of your seat, while also containing enough hints to give you ideas of what would happen next. Just as you get comfortable with what is happening, something else occurs to keep you enthralled.

Honestly, I can’t wait to pick up the next book in the trilogy, The Broken Kingdoms, and will probably pick it up as soon as possible. I get adrenaline even thinking about it. I would definitely recommend this book!

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Hiatus Complete

Well…It has been a while. I have not forgotten of the intent of this blog, nor even this blog. Things have seem to just exploded for the last while, and are only now returning to a level of calm where I can return to my interests! I will shortly have another review completed, but to give you an idea of where I have been… I told you all that the intent of this blog was to challenge everyone to write something. November is a big month for that, and I have been busy.

From all of the ideas I have written down, to all the ideas still waiting their turn (in nothing resembling an orderly line), it sometimes feels like my head might burst. With all of this stuff going on however I have realized one thing. Titles suck. More specifically, thinking of a title for something is hard work. Now don’t get me wrong, a title is very important. I am just saying if it is a skill from birth, I missed that memo.

I have a slight problem with working on something that does not have a title. Everywhere you look says “DO NOT CREATE A TITLE FIRST” – Whole Internet. I just find I cannot think without a title for something, and it can’t just be Generic Working Title Idea #1. I have to have an amazing title on a blank document or that document is destined for blankness.

So that being said, I am back and ready to read/write! If you have ideas or suggestions let me know below, if not I will continue to quietly work on The End of Our Times – A Hopefully Interesting Story in my Mind. I know it is long, it is a WORKING title. Haven’t you people followed the Internet’s advice?