The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

There were a lot of reasons I was looking forward to vacation.

First and foremost was having the opportunity to spend a lot of quality time with the Lovely Leann. Mission accomplished!

Can you guess what the second thing I was most looking forward to was? Two hints: it wasn’t sand or sun. It was playing with my brand spanking new Kindle!

I had six books loaded. I finished four, started and abandoned the fifth, and started the sixth.

Here’s the first:

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K Jemisin

“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, seat of the ruling Arameri family. 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 with a pair of cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.”

Overall Impressions

This was the first book I’ve read in like nine months and I devoured it like a starving man tearing into a bologna sandwich. Fortunately, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is much more than a bologna sandwich! I was dying for a good fantasy and this delivered.

What Didn’t Work

I’m really tired of the boy/girl goes from nothing to all powerful premise. In this story, the protagonist was more than nothing, but it still followed that meme.

What Worked

Despite my above criticism, Jemisin made me forget about my objections. For one thing, the protagonist was female and those who’ve read my writing know I’m all about girl power! But here’s what I really liked: GODS! Gods are real characters in this book and that isn’t something I’ve read very often, if at all. You’d think it would be hard to tell a story with gods who can do anything they want, but the thing is, they can’t do anything they want and it makes for a really great read.

The Final Word

Go read this. It’s awesome!

One thought on “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

  1. I bought this awhile back, too. It sounded really cool. It’s in my stack. I’m excited to eventually get to it. I’m glad to hear you liked it. I hear the sequel is good too.

    If you want a good book with a female protagonist-not to mention a person of color, then check out Zoo City by Lauren Beukes. It’s a sci-fi-ish, maybe a little urban magicy, noir detective story set in Johannesburg a day after tomorrow in a world where people who commit a heinous crime or do something really bad, their guilt coalesces into an animal familiar with a side-effect being they get a special kind of magical talent. So the main character is a former addict whose actions got her brother killed and now she has to carry around this grumpy sloth. It sounds weird, but it’s cool. She can find lost things, so she gets hired to find this runaway pop star. And then it all goes bad… Great book

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