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The Inheritance Trilogy

(Inheritance Trilogy #1-3.5)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  5,094 ratings  ·  373 reviews
In this omnibus edition of N.K. Jemisin's brilliantly original award-winning fantasy series, 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
Paperback, 1442 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Orbit
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Angelbis It is unabridged! I just finished it, and if this was an abridged version, I can't even imagine the unabridged :-) Seriously, I'm certain it is not…moreIt is unabridged! I just finished it, and if this was an abridged version, I can't even imagine the unabridged :-) Seriously, I'm certain it is not abridged.
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All three novels — The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of Gods — plus a new…more
Found this on the author's website...

All three novels — The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of Gods — plus a new novella, “The Awakened Kingdom,” set after the trilogy’s end. The Awakened Kingdom is available as a separate ebook, too. Note: this edition does not contain the short story (contained in The Kingdom of Gods), “Not The End.” (less)

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Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A short-take:

This is a remarkable series. Jemisin creates a unique pantheon of gods and then turns them loose on a world that she develops piece by piece, only revealing as much of the map as she needs to carry her story forward. The ideas in these books are brilliant, the writing is beautiful, the characters are magnetic and the overall story is fantastic in the true sense of the word. I need more fantastic literature like this in my life.

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I miss these characters, especially Sieh,
3.5 Stars

I really liked this collection! The second one was the strongest in my opinion, the final short story felt somehow unnecessary.
The story and lore surrounding the gods felt unique and beautifully crafted, I enjoyed the characters (well, most of them) and I liked that every book of this trilogy contains a more or less self-sufficient story with different main characters.
So this has it's highs and lows, but I still recommend reading for every fan of fantasy.

Individual Ratings:
The Hundred
As I'm planning on reading this whole collection, I'm going to review each book as I finish it.

2018-08: The Broken Kingdoms: 4 stars. Oree Shoth is blind, but has been able to see the half-god children of gods, godlings, all her life. She lives and works some levels below the Arameri castle we saw in book one. Oree is adept at making her way about from her home to a table where she sells wares. One day, she stumbles across the dead body of a godling. After she takes him in, he resuscitates, and
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read
Buddy read with Cari! :3
Overall rating: 3.75

>The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms:

I really liked this, even though it does have some flaws. Oh and this is Shadow and Bone before S&B ever existed, and obviously better. Ohi ohi Bardugo.

Actually, the only thing that irked me was the writing. I understand that the author wanted to write the book this way and that it's not a case of bad writing but...the fact that Yeine corrected herself or talked to herself while narrating the story bothered me a
Nov 12, 2014 added it
I finished the last book a month ago and I'm still thinking about it; sometimes the characters and places show up in my dreams. This gorram series has permanently lodged itself somewhere in my psyche. A+ would strongly recommend.
Joey Woolfardis
Mar 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015, bloody-cack
"Should I pause to explain? It is poor storytelling." You're telling me. The story has no structure, instead the narrative is interrupted by the first person unreliable narration that is, for some reason, so desirable. Things that are happening, often quick-paced and quite interesting, are stopped so that we can be told some history of this world we are entering. This is called info-dumping and it's terrible writing. I cared not for the protagonist nor her life, though the enslaved gods was an ...more
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Setting is original and interesting. My issue with this book is related to me not being a twelve year old girl. All the man-on-man insinuations and dark broody god flings just take up too much text. Reminds me of twilight with a bit of cinderella mixed in.

Another issue is the main character, I don't mind the man degrading feminism, but does she have to think and act like a pubescent 11 year old? I mean she is supposed to be a strong leader of a tribe, but nowhere does her background match her
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
N.K Jemisin is a talented author, and The Kingdom of Gods is a strong finish to her Inheritance Trilogy. But it was my least favorite of the three books. I would have liked it better with 150-200 pages of bloat removed. And with a few more likable characters.

Like the others, this story takes place in a world where multiple Gods and godlings exist. Humans live and die at the whim of the gods, and there is one human family with more power than the rest. And like the second book, this one
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
While so much of the strength of this very long volume lies in its play with gender and its simple portrayal of gods and the mortals they mess with at will, the characterizations are flat, sophomoric and, at times, confusing. The language is immature and reminiscent of high school speak, although the novels don’t appear to be marketed to a young adult audience. I wanted to be entranced, but was only ever vaguely entertained, and that after I finally decided to read the novels as though I were ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
this was great, the world setting was great, and i really dug the characters. I can tell books are doing something right when I move into book 2 and I'm really mad about the characters I've left behind, because these new characters just can't live up! But then 10 pages later I realize I'm just being a brat and these new characters are different but also awesome.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i finished all 3 books + the sequel novella in a week!!! what a magnificent way to break my fantasy-reading drought of 10 years. it was one of those rare combinations of profound, raw, and immensely satisfying. it's violent and bloody but also joyous and ultimately hopeful. what an epic read.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
To be honest, I did not finish the trilogy. I read up to page 948, which is in the third book, and couldn't deal with the annoying narrator, the teen angst/drama, the wandering plot, and just how tedious it was to keep on reading. I gave the first book 4 stars, the 2nd book 3 stars, and the 3rd book 2 stars, for an overall 2 stars for the whole series.

If the third book had been better, I would have kept going. Unfortunately, for this series, my backlog is too large to try slog through a book I'm
Helena R-D
I really wanted to like this trilogy, since I also got it from the book riot list. I admit that I really loved the first book. It was original and fresh with the take on the gods being enslaved and passed onto a royal family who had colonized and subjugated the known world using the power of their one true god.

Then the parallelism to post colonialism became too heavy handed and started to sour my enjoying the rest of the book. The fact that the main character is the prop of a long con just made
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Shelves: own-it
This review is for books one and two in this collection: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdoms. I will add the subsequent books as I finish them.

In The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, NK Jemisin has created an amazing world and mythology. In the beginning, we are introduced to Yiene, a young woman who lives in a “barbaric” northern kingdom, who is summoned to the ruling kingdom where she learns she must compete for the inheritance of the crown with her two cousins. Yiene’s
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2019, omnibus
I had originally intended to read one book at a time in this omnibus edition, and then go on to read something else in between. However, I realized that I enjoyed it so much that I just went through the whole thing. And, if you really think about it, from a pagecount perspective, it's not really that much longer than your average Malazan book, so one could think of this as just one book in four parts.

This whole series is great, in some ways I enjoyed it more than her newer, more awarded series.
Saving this for my highlights and also for the novella at the end that doesn’t have its own listing but is long and made me cry and therefore should count.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a strange trilogy. Fascinating worldbuilding, and Jemisin avoids a lot of annoying fantasy cliches other, lesser writers traffic in, and the world and characters feel sufficiently epic. She's an excellent, excellent writer. She's unapologetically black and feminist and it rocks so much, she's just like, This is the way the world is now, we're not doing European medieval high fantasy anymore, here's my book about enslaved gods who live in a tree until they don't anymore.
I'm honestly not
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Buddy read with Giovanna. <3

I love this series!! I guess it is too soon to properly sort my thoughts and feelings... but still. It blew me away. It consists of three books (and a novella) that could be read independently, even though they are all part of the same story. Each book focuses on individual stories that combine to make one big dazzling picture. In a way, each arc follows the seemingly "small" (marginal people, ideas, beliefs, fears, etc) and shows how it can spark a flame that
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I NEVER give 5 stars, so why did i give it to this book
because it genuinely deserved it
It's three incredibly strong novels in an incredibly strong world with great characters and great worldbuilding, it's literally the holy grail of fantasy novels, a non cliche story that could not exist except in a fantasy world with characters interesting enough to carry it, and she not only does it once - she does it three times.

This is one of those stories that is very hard to define, it's about
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read this book because it was on NPR's 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances, I did not research the book at all and was surprised to find that this is actually 3.5 books put into one book. I was doubly surprised when I found out that each book featured a different character at a different point-in-time. While I made it quickly through the first book about Yeine, I stuttered on the second book and never regained my pace. I felt no interest in the characters after the first book and once I got to the third ...more
One of the best fantasy reading investments I've ever made. And getting N.K. Jemisin to sign it during the 2015 Writer's Digest Conference makes it even more special. :)

Seriously, though. The Inheritance Trilogy as a whole is stunning. If you like richly developed world-building, fantastic characters regardless of whether they're immortal (gods, godlings) or mortal (humans, demons), clever narrative twists that gradually reveal themselves and enhance your perspective of the story once it, or
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book! Great writing, wonderful characters and very unique storyline. Couldn't have asked for a better combination!
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review for Kingdom of Gods (Book 3): Although I enjoyed this conclusion to the series, I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first two books. Sieh was not as interesting a narrator as I would have hoped, and I feel as though I did not get as much world building as I would have liked. That, of course, is somewhat of a reflection of Sieh’s selfishness and the nature of the gods. I did like the time gap between book 2 and 3, it shakes things up just enough. Overall, this was a satisfactory conclusion, ...more
Rebecca Cynamon-murphy
Unpredictable in a good way

Although I grew up reading all the science fiction I could buy at the used book stores, eventually my tastes narrowed to authors like Ursula K. Leguin, Octavia Butler and modern folks like Monica Byrne. So I couldn’t understand the fuss about Jemisin after the first book. It was a Chosen One narrative with a Bad Boy romance and some pretty good world-building. But that’s 4 stars. Then, I tried to read a Silverberg novel that had been left at the cabin I stayed at and
Kelly Massey
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall this was an incredible anthology, I was hooked on the first and third books, found the novella amusing, but the middle of the second book took a long time for me to get through. It wasn't as though the action slowed, I just didn't care. I still recommend N.K. Jemisin's books to anyone who loves the twists and turns of surprises that make her fantasy books stand out from any traditional fantasy series. She's an incredible writer with a unique style that quite simply isn't found in anyone ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the world building and the pantheon of deities, but the human protagonist in the first novel was off-putting. There was a disconnect between the character, her actions, and who she becomes at the end which made it feel as though the end result was the initial concept and the journey to get her there was a struggle that was never quite resolved. Also, perhaps reading Elena Ferrante recently raised my bar for teen characters being emotionally complex without being annoyingly cliche. ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally read the individual volumes of this trilogy as books borrowed from my local library. I liked them so much that I purchased the trilogy edition for myself (and to support the author). These stories are, if anything, even better the second time; especially the first and third volumes. Knowing how things turn out, you notice little hints and details that you might have missed the first time. I truly enjoyed my time with these stories.

One note to completists: At the end of the
Chandra Rogers
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where to start? Excellent world building by an immensely skilled storyteller. I am a very fast reader but not even I could read the omnibus edition in one sitting. It took me slightly more than a week to read with several hours spent reading each day. There was never a moment when I stopped and thought something was moving slowly or that I got tired of the stories. It flowed seamlessly together so that the omnibus felt like one long book. As soon as I finished it, I went out to find something ...more
Ives Phillips
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had to take a breath when I finished this wild ride because I was screaming to the last page.

Jemisin's ability to create these beautiful gods with mind-blowing lore, and set them into the world where their love and fury wreaks havoc on mortals, thus twisting what we know about gods and mythology, is a god-like skill of its own.

The writing technique, however, isn't up to par for the lore, it was like reading anime fanfiction; pretty good fanfiction of a budding writer, but fanfiction all the
I adored the first book in this trilogy, thought it was absolutely excellent. And I liked the sequel but not nearly as much. But by the time I got to the third one, it managed to emphasise all the things I hadn’t liked about the other two, very emphatically, which I understand is redundant but I mean it, and I just couldn’t deal with it.
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