The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Book 1 by N.K. Jemisin
(The Inheritance Trilogy)

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In this brilliantly original debut fantasy, a young woman becomes entangled in a power struggle of mythic proportions.

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.
 

About N.K. Jemisin

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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.
 
Published December 2, 2009 by Orbit. 417 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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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.

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The Bookbag

Although the finale means this could definitely be read as a stand-alone novel, it's actually the first of the Inheritance Trilogy – and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where Jemisin goes with the second book, due out later this year.

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Tor

Now her mother has died under suspicious circumstances and her grandfather has summoned her and named her one of his heirs.

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SF Site

After her mother dies unexpectedly, Yeine is summoned to the imperial capital by her grandfather Dekarta, the king of the Arameri Empire which rules the eponymous hundred thousand kingdoms of the known world.

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SF Signal

The blurb on the back of the book hardly does the narrative justice – this is far more than a simple coming of age and fantastical family struggle – there are stories upon stories here.

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Fantasy Literature

FORMAT/INFO: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is 432 pages long divided over 29 titled chapters.

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Book Lovers

Format Read: PaperbackNumber of pages: 412 pagesRelease Date: February 25, 2010 Publisher: Orbit BooksFormats Available: Paperback, eBook, Kindle, AudioSource: Publisher (included as an extra with another book I’d agreed to review)Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Orbit Books, Amazon...

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Boomtron

I have read some books (The Lies of Locke Lamora is the example coming to mind, but it’s by no means the only one) that, by the end, justify their odd narrative style and come together in such a way that you understand why any other way of unraveling the yarn would have diminished the telling of...

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Strange Horizons

Everyone, that is, except Yeine, her mother having abdicated her position as Dekarta's heir for love of Yeine's father, and gone with him to the High North, a three-month journey from Sky, and the place where Yeine was born and raised.

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Persephone Magazine

Unfortunately for her, we already read Harry Potter for book club, so we’ll be skipping the Middlemarch winner and moving along down our reading list for the next meeting.

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Buried Under Books

Court intrigue abounds, however, and Yeine quickly learns nothing in Sky is what it seems – not even Yeine herself.

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Escape Pod

Brought to Sky by Dekarta, her grandfather, she finds herself embroiled in a power struggle for the leadership of the Arameri — and the entire world — as she becomes increasingly aware of exactly why she was ordered to Sky in the first place: the Arameri want her to die.

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