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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

(Inheritance Trilogy #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  61,915 ratings  ·  6,058 reviews
After her mother's mysterious death, a young woman is summoned to the floating city of Sky in order to claim a royal inheritance she never knew existed in the first book in this award-winning fantasy trilogy from the NYT bestselling author of The Fifth Season.

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is
Mass Market Paperback, 425 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Orbit (first published February 25th 2010)
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Cameron All 3 books in the trilogy take place in the same world in chronological order, so reading them out of order causes major spoilers for the previous bo…moreAll 3 books in the trilogy take place in the same world in chronological order, so reading them out of order causes major spoilers for the previous books. There are overlapping characters and plot points, and actions in one book have consequences in the next. For the most part there is not a continuous plot between the books, but you could argue that there is a continuous narrative surrounding how the fictional world changes over time due to the combined events of the books.(less)

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Rick Riordan
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
N.K. Jemisin
Aug 01, 2009 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.
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
chai ♡
3,5 stars! Full review to come.

I have no idea what this book is about but when a friend pushes it into your hands and says, “this story is far angstier and sexier than it has the right to be and you should read it”, well... you just listen.
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 tra
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
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
chan ☆
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to chan ☆ by: ˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
Shelves: 2021, adult-fantasy
mayhaps we are all yeine, craving the dark embrace of demon daddy

more thoughts here

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
I am and always will be a huge fan of Godpunk fiction.

There's a bit of it floating around out there, but most of it is hidden behind the cloudy minds and bodies of mere mortals, only occasionally poking its bright sunny head out to dazzle and amaze.

Sometimes it's the sun. Sometimes it's not. At the moment, I'm feeling the blaze.

Fortunately for us, we've also got authors with great and deep understanding of the greater and lesser mysteries, the writing chops to pull off an entirely new mythos tha
Mayim de Vries
If this is meant to be your first Jemisin book, go away. No, seriously, off you go. Read her masterpiece and only then come back for more. I am writing this thinking that should The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms happened to be my first encounter with Jemisin's writing, it would have taken a long time to approach her again (if at all). But the reversed order allowed me to see how much she matured and developed as a writer and I admire her for this even more.

The plot is simple: a young woman is summon
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-high
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
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
James Tivendale
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms follows Yeine, a nineteen-year-old who, at the novel's beginning, is invited to visit her family seat by her grandfather Dekarta Arameri. The family seat is the city of Sky which is the heart of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and includes a beautiful and impressive floating palace. The reason for Yeine's invitation is soon revealed and is a surprise to all in attendance. Dekarta names Yeine as his heir which I imagine would have been an excellent revelation if two of ...more
Brent Weeks
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[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
Geoffrey Dow
Feb 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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, ha
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2020
I have read a few books by this author now and all of them worth five stars. I am pretty sure she can do no wrong as far as I am concerned.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms had me gripped from beginning to end. Great world building with a promise of much more to come in the rest of the trilogy. Fantastic characters, especially the gods who I also hope to see more of in the next two books. An intriguing story with an excellent twist at the end which provided a totally satisfactory conclusion.

Loved it
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, loved-it
Books like this one are the reason why I read and love fantasy. N. K. Jemisin has a way of creating believable and exciting worlds that make me think about my own in a way that I haven't before. While the world in this series is (so far/ for me) not as impressive as the one created in The Fifth Season, it is still highly original and a wonderful basis for the type of stories she excells in.

Set in a world where after a war between the gods some of those gods are enslaved by humans and one is reve
Original impression (April 2017): 2 stars - Meh...I'm burned out on spending a lot of time on stuff I don't want to spend time on.

Revised impression (July 2017): 3 solid stars. It turns out this book wasn't finished with me yet. I thought I had put it behind me, but it kept creeping back to my mind and I couldn't help but want to see where it would go....All in all, I was pretty impressed by the end, and I might even continue the trilogy....if it calls to me again..
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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First read in 2010
Last read in 2016

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GODS! Yep, this series is about Gods.

100 000 Kingdoms was my first "what-the-hell-there-are-no-dragons-here-and-it's-not-Harry-Potter" type of book. It was the first novel that introduced me to fictional politics and quiet mysterious dudes with power over darkness... that turned out to be one of my many many weaknesses...
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1) by Brent Weeks Into the Dark Lands (The Sundered, #1) by Michelle Sagara West Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
... damn you sexy shadow-wielding-men!

There are a f
Matthew Quann
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, adventure-seekers, change of pace
Shelves: favourites
Man, oh man, oh man, oh man...this book was PHENOMENAL.

I honestly can't remember the last book that kept me so fastened to the couch, ignoring social calls and daily rituals just to read one more chapter. Okay, maybe just one get the picture. This book is relentlessly fun, and for a first novel in a trilogy it moves at an unrelenting clip. I kept saying that I'd put the book down, only for the end of a chapter to beg a bit more reading. This book gave me a much needed defibrillation t
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 ha
*yawn* Booooooriiiiing.

Maybe I have a short attention span (true) or I'm just not that into epic fantasy anymore (also true), but this was so unbearably slow that I nearly put it down three times before finally deciding to banish it to the DNF zone.

I've heard wonderful things about N.K. Jemisin, but this style of narration didn't really suit the mood. In the middle of an intense action scene, we would be pulled away for a history lesson on the culture and religion of Sky. And while I liked this
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DNF @ 155 pages

One of the most boring fantasy books ever that focuses almost entirely on politics.

Kells Next Read
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic, ebook
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This was my first read from N. K. Jemisin and I can safely say this about her writing style:
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My head is still fried from this mind blow of a read. The characters, storyline and world building is fantastic. I can't think, write or speak properly at present. I will most certainly have to come back at a later period and ramble about this book. For now:
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