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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