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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  17,894 ratings  ·  2,256 reviews
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.
Paperback, 427 pages
Published February 25th 2010 by Hachette Book Group Orbit
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I think I may have read too much fantasy.

I'm always apprehensive when I read a book everyone loved and can't get worked up about it. I was expecting this book to be radical and innovative and unusual. It wasn't.

You've read this before.
You're too harsh.
This writing style-


Makes no narrative sense.

Seriously, what is it about this book I'm missing? What makes it worthy of being a Hugo and Nebula nominee? The choppy writing style felt weird to me- not because I didn't understand the tran
Very much enjoyed it. I have a great love of fantasy that does something a little different, and this book is a little different in a whole lot of ways.

Good book. Recommended.
mark monday
a pleasingly old-fashioned fantasy - and by old-fashioned, i mean the opposite of the dense, complicated, multiple perspective, incredibly epic mega-fantasies that have had the most popularity over the past couple decades. this is something different. the language is straightforward, for the most part, and certainly beautiful at times. although the mystery is a complicated one, and deals with rather large issues such as the making and unmaking of an entire world, it still feels somehow 'miniatur ...more
Well, I really loved this book. Not since I've read Jaqueline Carey's Kushiel series have I been as enamored, in fact they are very evocative of each other, these series.

I had no expectations of this book, in fact I've had an ARC copy by my bed for like a year and a half, and for some reason couldn't get myself to pick it up. I think the cover implies a more epic fantasy feel than it is, really it would appeal to most female-driven urban fantasy fans, but again, i guess it's smart not to slap a
4.0 to 4.5 stars. I learned something while I was reading this excellent fantasy story by Ms. Jemisin that may seem obvious to most but still has changed my outlook on fantasy stories going forward. You see, I have always been a big fan of interesting world-building, compelling back stories and histories and unique magic systems and fantasy elements. The problem is that as you read more and more fantasy stories you start to recognize variations on all the well trod (and often trampled) ground an ...more
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Jan 29, 2010 N.K. Jemisin added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Just got the ARCs. Reading for typos and errors, and also for the thrill of READING MY BOOK YAY WHOA.
What did I expect from The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms? Honestly, I can’t tell. When I saw the translation of book two in a German bookstore some weeks ago, I simply was drawn in by the blurb on the back of the book. It sounded like a stand-alone – or at least like the first book in a trilogy – so when I went looking for the English version, I was surprised to find out that it was in fact not. Now, the summary of book one didn’t sound as intriguing to me at all, but I figured I would maybe not be ...more
This was a commendable first effort, but I cannot bring myself to rate it any higher. In view of all the positive reviews it has been receiving, I just expected more from this story, but, no, it fell completely short of expectations.

The writing itself is certainly readable, but when it comes to portraying emotional turmoils, the author opts for "Tell, Don't Show" too often, so some scenes are filled with rather cringe-worthy descriptions of how a character "feels". The author might have been goi
I've just realized I'm about to give two entirely different books the exact same rating for entirely different reasons. Somehow, that is profoundly unsatisfying to my bookish need to categorize. I need a GR ratings intervention.

Something about "The Hundred" fails to digest well. Falling back on my inevitable food analogies, it felt like all those ingredients I love were there--sugar, flour, butter, vanilla, chocolate--but scrambled, fried and decorated into a concoction I wanted to love but just
N.K. Jemisin approaches empire in her epic fantasy debut, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Laura Resnick ( In Legend Born ) conceived of conquered Silerians, but few authors discuss the national, political and local effects of imperialism, fearing bored readers and infodumps. Jemisin's subtlety indicates a social awareness, an appreciation for PR vs. reality, biased histories, and mistrust of power.
"Once, like High North, Senm was also a land of barbarians, and the Amn were simply the most successf
Brent Weeks
[This review is based on an Advanced Reading Copy:]

What if gods were real…and walked among us…enslaved…and were used as weapons…and were really pissed off about it?

N.K. Jemisin is a gifted storyteller and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a satisfying tale built on intriguing ideas. Buy this book if you love the flights of imagination only possible in fantasy. Buy it if you love stories of betrayal, murder, hard truths, and being in way over your head.

The book is written in the first person. To b
Alex Ristea
I haven't read fantasy with such a sense of wonder in ages.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is simply a delight to read. Everything from the characters to the setting and magic is beautiful. The language is lyrical, and yet not so dense that you become lost. In some places, it's honestly like reading poetry.

Forget the rules-based magic we've come to love from Sanderson and Weeks, and dive into a story of gods and betrayal with a deep current of mysticism throughout.

(Also, how fantastic to see a non
Zoë Marriott
N.K. Jemisin's debut fantasy novel is...well, it's something completely different. I've only been this absorbed in, disturbed by and utterly delighted with a book a very few times in my life - I read it in one day and two days later my head is still buzzing with it. And I don't think a single person that I've emailed or spoken to in the past two days has escaped without hearing me rave about and recommend this story.

THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS is an exquisitely written fantasy which harks back
Geoffrey Dow

For the record, my copy of N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms came courtesy of a contest conducted by the writer Tricia Sullivan, whose novel, Maul, I read a few years back and which which has since stayed with me far more strongly than most. I wish I could say the same about The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

Stormwinds over a cardboard world:
Nebula-nominated first novel is epic failure

I opened N.K. Jemisin's (now Nebula Award nominated) first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, having
Apr 09, 2012 Kay rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the divine cast of hercules & xena
Dreamy prose and an even dreamier plot.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms refers to the collective world, governed by the god-favored Arameri clan. After the death of the exiled Arameri heir, the head of the Arameri clan names his granddaughter Yeine heir to the entire Hundred Thousand Kingdoms...along with two other Arameri contestants. When Yeine enters Sky, the Arameri castle suspended in the air by an impossibly thin column of rock, she must pit herself against her two deadly competitors while a
Feb 03, 2014 Jon added it
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality Feb 2011 Fantasy Selection
Jay Kristoff
I thought this was a pretty great fantasy book.

The voice of the protagonist is its greatest strength - you don't feel like you're reading a book, you feel like you're being told a story. Yeine is slightly unreliable, skipping ahead and then finding her way back, interrupting herself when she remembers something important. I can understand why some readers might find this distracting, but it made her feel real to me.

It's quite different to traditional fantasy, the take on the gods is quite new,
I am an avid reader of urban fantasy and rarely do I engage in the high fantasy but I am so pleased that I went out a limb to read this book. If you are seeking an epic battle with travels to an exotic land with political drama then I think this book might just be for you.

In short Yeine has just buried her mother and she is summoned by the king, who is also her grandfather to the Sky city. When Yeine is summoned she has no idea why and is really surprised when it turns out that she is to be nam
Merve  Özcan

Kitaba dün gece başlamıştım ve bu sabah bitti. O kadar akıcı, güzel ve eğlenceli ki.

Yüz Bin Krallığa bayıldım! Neden mi?

* Tanrılar: Düşmüşte olsa tanrı tanrıdır. Hem Yeine sürekli onlarla konuşuyor, her konuştuğunda çıldıracak gibi oluyorum. Üstelik tanrılar öyle güçlerini kullanmaktna çekinen cinsten değil, kudretli. Büyüye bayılıyorum.

* Yep yeni bir dünya: Başbaşka bir boyuttayız. Dünya 3 tanrı tarafından yaratılmış, büyü ve tanrılar ölümlülerin arasında
Aug 27, 2010 Wealhtheow rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: oyceter
Once there was a woman who was heir to the throne of Sky. But she fell in love with a lowly hunter of the Darr nation, and abandoned her family and powerful destiny to live instead among people who hated and feared her. Her only child, Yeine, grows up as a Darr warrior, fierce and forthright. And then one day, her mother dies, and Yeine is summoned to the palace to meet the grandfather she's never met. He is the man who rules the universe...and possibly, the man who poisoned her mother.

The first
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I read this book back at the beginning of January, but I'm so behind on writing reviews I've only now got to it - as a result, most of what I want to say I've forgotten and all I can do is gush, because my sheer unadulterated enjoyment of the novel is the strongest remaining impression with me. :)

Yeine ("YAY-neh") Darr, a minor noblewoman, is from High North, one of the "barbaric" northern lands. A descendent of the royal line, she is too minor and insignificant to be a problem to anyone - or so
The Flooze
Steeped in bureaucracy and betrayal, built upon cruelty and lies, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not always a pleasant place to be. It is, however, fascinating. Through the eyes of the protagonist, we re-learn an important lesson: history is written by the victors, and it is only by examining all evidence with an open mind that we can peel away the layers of Accepted Lies and find the truth beneath.

A forthright, no-nonsense woman, Yeine Darr has no desire to visit the palace of Sky - the seat
A rather middle-of-the-road epic fantasy that starts out strong but then kind of coasts along to an ending that I think wasn't as epic or surprising as the author thought it was.

1. There was a lot of talking in this book. Like... that's basically all there was, except for the climax.
2. I mean, you know how in Steven Erikson novels the "plot" doesn't really hold up to close inspection and is clearly just there to justify the adventures and weird encounters and historical blah blah whatever? Well
Carolyn Crane
Sep 18, 2011 Carolyn Crane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this fantasy - I found it quiet, intricate, and gleaming, shiny, in a way. Maybe that's the worldbuilding. The image of place is so innovative and strong.

This is a classic underdog tale, really, of a heroine thrown into a battle she can't win, and her underdog allies, who happen to be enslaved gods. The slow reveal of all aspects of this and the evolution of their alliance was one of the extreme pleasures of this book.

There are also a few quirky narrative gambits I enjoyed, li
T. Edmund
In the author interview printed in the end of the edition I read Jemisin said something about liking the vivid imagery of Sky (the central location of most of this novel)

Now I realise that cover art is an important part of the product that is a novel however aside from the front image, I have to say that vivid imagery is not something I would say when describing 100,000 Kingdoms. Much of the action (what little there was) took place in undescribed scenes, as if a play was being rehearsed without
I liked this pretty much exactly as much as I expected. I loved the writing style, poetic without being overburdened, the cultural descriptions, the cosmology, and some of the secondary characters. Sieh, in particular, stole the show for me. Neither Yeine nor Nahadoth did much for me, alas, and the politics never came across as subtle as I think they were supposed to be. But both were well-worth dealing with to have a chance to explore Jemisin's world.

As a non-linear reader (yes, I tend to read
Dang, I was too slow in writing my review for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. I was going to describe it as an "intimate epic", but the SF&F blogger on Barnes & Noble's website used the term first.

"Intimate epic" really is the perfect phrase to describe The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. There is a huge setting and back story in this novel. However, the author doesn't tell us that story; it's just there for the reader to fill in. Instead, she tells us the story of a young woman, Yeine, who h
Mike (the Paladin)
Well...I got a third of the way through this before I put it down. It's not too bad and I suspect some of you will like this. It opens up telling us the story/background/history of this world...and well the prehistory of this world and time itself.

Anyway the young woman (Yeine Darr) our protagonist is still in mourning for her murdered mother when she's called to the court in the city Sky...the floating city Sky. There her ancient relative throws her into the midst of a deadly "game" of politics
Meljean Brook
I hadn't planned to read this. I was looking for something like a horror/thriller, fast-paced and gory, but couldn't find anything I wanted to read and had this downloaded already. I read it in one sitting, and now I want to go back and read it again with the entire story in mind, so that I can see everything that I didn't see before.

Freaking fantastic book.
I read this book using synthetic speech -- Nuance’s Samantha voice (.wav sample file). Not my favorite aural modality – Neospeech’s synthetic* line of voices such as Kate (another .wav) are examples of much better synthetic speech output. There’s also human-voiced audio, of course, and I actually see now that the U.S. National Library Service is considering recording this book (your tax dollars at work, Americans!). But the NLS runs about eighteen months behind on everything, there’s no commerci ...more
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