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 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 (goodreads.com).
I heard many good things about this book and it sounded pretty interesting, so I picked up a copy. I guess I’m just not that in to books that have a lot to deal with Gods or are centered around politics. I’m not saying that I hated the book or anything, it was actually pretty great, but not something that I am eager to read again. This book is part of a series, though it stands on its own, and I won’t be picking up the next book right away, but I might be interested in doing so later.
The plot is actually really confusing at first. The story is told in the voice of the main character, Yeine, and since she doesn’t seem to know what is really going on, neither do we. We work it all out together.
So we know that Yeine is brought to Sky, the home of the Arameri, and named an heir by her grandfather. There are two other named heirs and there is a contest of a sort to see who will become the next ruler.
There are also Gods and Godlings who are under the control of the Arameri, and Yeine ends up befriending most of them. What she doesn’t understand is why they are so interested in her….
Not only does she have to figure out what happened to her mother, she has to figure out what the Gods are up to, and try to win favor with her grandfather to become heir while trying to survive all of this in the process.
The plot actually moves at a great pace! I wans’t disinterested in the story at all, actually I got through it rather quickly. It was interesting finding out all the information at the same time as the main character and everything about the story was really intriguing and not entirely predictable. It was also pretty complex and I’m not sure I entirely understood everything that was going on, but I hope I did. 🙂
The only thing I didn’t like about the plot was that it was a bit confusing at first. However, this will make the book a great re-read because now that I know everything I think it will be a more enjoyable read the second time.
I have to say that I enjoyed reading this book because of the world building. The world that Jemisin creates is absolutely amazing and the descriptions are spell-binding!
I love characters and good ones can get me to read a book even if the plot isn’t that great. However, in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms I didn’t like a lot of the characters. Most of them just were not that well developed or I just couldn’t connect to them in any way.
The main character, Yeine, I have to say I didn’t find to be all that interesting. I don’t really know why, but she just wasn’t memorable. Oh, there is a lot that you learn about her throughout the book, but it just wasn’t enough for me.
The two characters that I really enjoyed were Sieh, a godling, and Nahadoth, one of the Gods. They really had a distinct personality that I enjoyed and I thought they were very well developed all the way until the end of the book. Both were memorable, complex characters. If another book centers around either of these characters I may be interested in reading it!
I think a lot of the book has to deal with discovering information about the Gods and other characters so I don’t want to give anything away. I just wanted to point out which characters were my favorites.
I loved the writing style of the book even if some parts were a bit confusing. The book was well written and, though I wish some things would have been explained a little better, I don’t have any real complaints.
I did enjoy this book, but I don’t know that I will want to read it again any time soon. It is just a bit different than what I am used to reading. If you enjoy books that have anything to deal with Gods or politics, or are looking for something a little different to read, then I suggest you give this book a try. I do believe it was nominated for a Hugo Award! Oh! and there are two other books in this series, but this book can stand on its own so you won’t have to make such a huge commitment if you don’t want to.
My rating: 3.5/5 stars!
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