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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
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Jul 08, 2010

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bookshelves: fiction, author-poc, fantasy, fiction-poc, fiction-queer, specfic-poc, specfic-women, 2010-read

I think I read this book a month ago, so this is mostly my impression.

The good: the intriguing fantasy world and the awareness of power differentials, the non-linear way the story was told, and how the creation myths were written by the winner, and the truth was another thing entirely. The novel's take on history, origin myths, and nation building reminded me of Moribito. The Gothic dark fantasy elements were fun.

The bad: The characters left no lasting impression on me, and the bits concerning the competition for the throne dragged. Now I wonder if the entire competing heirs angle was a plot McGuffin for the other stuff.

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