Book Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Title: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Author: N.K. Jemisin

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult, Mythology

Publisher: Hachette Book Group Orbit

Published: February 25, 2010

Page Amount: 427 pages

Blurb From Goodreads: 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 with 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.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably together.

Why Read: In preparation for the Read-along I was doing a while ago with a couple other book blogs, I decided that I needed to bite the bullet and actually read the beginning of the Inheritance trilogy, and not be bothering myself with reasons to procrastinate anymore.

Review: To begin.. this book was incredible. I was hooked from the very second I began, and I couldn’t be happier that I read it. Yeine, Nahadoth, Itempas and Sieh were all characters that could bring tears to your eyes and then make you want to throw the book across the room in the next. The plot was mesmerizing.

Yeine Darr is the main character, and if there is one person you want by your side in battle… I would say it’s her. Although she’s thrown out of her element by being in the castle and having to act civilized, she is more than up to the challenge.

One of my favorite parts of this book though isn’t the characters, it’s how they deal with their past. Yeine’s past in particular plays a large role in moving the story forward and how she handles each new revelation is of huge importance. I absolutely loved all of the different mythology presented to me, and how seamlessly easy it is to accept it as fact.

What else is great about this book is the manner in which it’s written. Normally I don’t go into how much I obsess over the writing style because I understand each person’s tastes are different… but I’m too overwhelmed to even begin to stop here. N.K. Jemisin does such an incredible job at making it seem as though you are in the tale. I was blown away by the lyrical whimsy-ness that feeds itself through the plot and the hazy mysticism that works itself into every facet of the story. 

Rating: 4.9/5 Stars

Review Coming Soon: The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

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