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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
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it was amazing
bookshelves: forever-shelf

The tales of the Arameri's weapons are full of them slaughtering whole armies. There are no stories of crazed barbarian girls fighting back.

There are now, and her name is Yeine.

How do I begin to review this marvel? I scrapped my original review because it was far too long, and you don't want to read through my rambling for that long (hence why I'm wasting time now, obviously), but this isn't easy to review! I'll try to keep it short.

At first I didn't get on with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, for a number of reasons. The writing style is very different to anything I've read before (more on that in a moment) and it confused me a little at first, but then I got used to it and loved it. There was a lot of information given on the first hundred pages or so, and I felt a wee bit overwhelmed with all this history. And there was no map. Jemisin has created a rather large world, many of the countries are mentioned several times, and the lack of a map meant that I couldn't orientate myself properly.

Despite all that, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is now one of my favourite reads this year/ever.

One cannot argue with madness. But sometimes, with luck and the Skyfather's blessing, one can understand it.

Yeine has been elected one of three heirs to the Arameri throne, and she couldn't want it less. Everyone is watching to see how she'll embarrass herself and her heritage next, her cousin is trying to kill her (or at the very least emotionally blackmail her), and the Gods ask her to die so they might escape enslavement. Yeine is not impressed.

In Jemisin's world, the Gods aren't beings who live in heaven. They are slaves to the Arameri, their weapons, and they need Yeine to help them get revenge. She isn't impressed by that, either.

Despite what she wants, she stays, and soon her struggle to survive in this power-hungry world becomes personal.

Yeine's voice is a very honest, sarcastic one, and she interrupts the flow of the story to ramble a little, tell a related story to offer background info, or generally to make her dislike for her situation known. While her interruptions confused me at first I grew to love them pretty quickly.

The characters are excellent. There's a family of gods, a power-mad cousin, and the truth behind Yeine's mother's murder. And - best of all - it had an antagonist I loved to hate! I'm beyond happy that she'll get what she deserves.

The writing is fantastic. I made so many notes of phrases and paragraphs that stood out to me, and it made me want to write. Next time I'm in need of an inspiration surge I'll be leafing through it.

Yes, I struggled in the beginning, and I wasn't convinced that I'd enjoy it, but it has more than earned its place on my Forever Shelf!

Here's another quote, in case my review (I was going to keep this short, wasn't I? Sorry.) wasn't enough to convince you:

So there was love, once.

More than love. And now there's more than hate. Mortals have no words for what we gods feel. Gods have no words for such things.

But love like that doesn't just disappear, does it? No matter how powerful the hate, there is always a little love left, underneath.

Yes. Horrible, isn't it?
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Reading Progress

June 19, 2016 – Shelved
June 19, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
August 24, 2016 – Started Reading
August 24, 2016 –
page 24
5.62%
August 25, 2016 –
page 64
14.99%
August 30, 2016 –
page 114
26.7%
September 2, 2016 –
page 162
37.94%
September 7, 2016 –
page 235
55.04%
September 9, 2016 –
page 307
71.9%
September 10, 2016 – Finished Reading
April 10, 2017 – Shelved as: forever-shelf

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Faith Rivens So glad to hear it. I think I might be able to start it tonight.


Sarina Langer Faith, stick with it if the beginning feels overwhelming. It's so worth it.


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