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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  21,120 ratings  ·  2,545 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.

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Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published February 25th 2010 by Orbit
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Rick Riordan
I picked up this book after reading a thought-provoking article about the author in The Guardian: I really liked what she said about coming to fantasy with no interest in maintaining the status quo. She's right that so many fantasy books are about restoring order to a kingdom, returning a rightful heir to the throne, or getting back to the good old days by defeating some dark power that threatens to unbalance society. Jemisin, as an African American fema ...more
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
N.K. Jemisin
Jan 29, 2010 N.K. Jemisin added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Just got the ARCs. Reading for typos and errors, and also for the thrill of READING MY BOOK YAY WHOA.
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
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
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
Feb 08, 2015 Laz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic/high fantasy lovers
“We can never be gods, after all - but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.”

Such a pleasant, pleasant surprise. I loved this so much.

There may be some minor spoilers in this, so, go ahead & read at your own volition. No big, spoily spoilers, though! Just explaining things a little.

I'm not sure where to begin. Should I may begin by how much well-written this was? N. K. Jemisin is one hell of an author, that is most certain. It was detailed without being tiring, it
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
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
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 success
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, havi
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
You can always tell when you come across something and know you've never quite read anything like it before, because afterwards, your brain won't know quite how to file it away. It has to create new paradigms to fit stuff into. I was in that stage for quite a while after reading this weird, sensual, dark, joyful book.

Our main character Yeine lives in a world where belief in the gods is not an option. The gods walk among them. It's a world where one nation, the Arameri, have all the power because
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
Apr 09, 2012 Kay rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Feb 03, 2014 Jon added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality Feb 2011 Fantasy Selection
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This book had a lot of hype when it was first released, followed by a backlash that seemed primarily motivated by the fact there is romance in it. Now that I’ve gotten around to reading this, I did not enjoy it, but that had less to do with the fact that the protagonist hooks up with a dark god than that the story just isn’t very interesting.

Yeine is a young woman who travels to a distant land and gets caught up in court politics over her head – standard fantasy stuff. The story is told through
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,
4.5 Stars

After rereading this book one after many years, I actually lowered my score a bit. Even though this is a highly ambitious and in some ways daring first novel it is a bit slow. Jemisin has created a wonderful world where Gods are no longer worshipped, and they can walk among us. The writing style is good and at times great even though it is a fairly basic first person style. I enjoyed all of Yeine's constant filler back story or further idea portions of each chapter. This worked to give
Aug 27, 2010 Wealhtheow rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Well that was definitely something different. It's hard to explain my impressions and thoughts about this book, so I'm afraid I'm going to ramble on too much. But there are things I wished I'd known when I was deciding to read it, so I'll give it a shot.

What I did like was the mythology of the three gods, and the result of their wars with each other. Their current dilemma of being trapped in mortal form was a really interesting twist, and two of the gods were the most compelling characters in th
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
You know, there are some books that I read where I think after I’ve finished with them, “Why do people love this so much? Am I missing out on something?” And this book is exactly it.

Immediately, from the first chapter I could tell how disappointed I was going to be. The writing feels rough, emotionally distant, and filled with awkward word choices, metaphors, and descriptions. I say emotionally distant because it feels like it’s more of the character observing things and life around her by way o
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
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