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

September 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Of the three gods who created the world, one has been killed–murdered by her jealous brother–one is imprisoned inside a mortal body, and the third is left to rule creation as he pleases.  After her mother’s murder, Yeine, half barbarian half high-blood, is summoned to the palace of Sky and named one of three potential heirs to the throne, but she must navigate the complicated palace relationships with not only the humans, but fallen gods while trying to discover her mother’s murderer and stay alive.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a great debut novel by N. K. Jemisin.  It’s told with a distinct voice and style that really worked for me (though some might find it distracting).   It has a refreshingly small cast of characters while still establishing complicated ties and relationship.  On the whole, it was easy to finish but not a book I couldn’t put down.  If you’re looking for a book that’s a bit steamy, with an intriguing premise, and a strong female protagonist then this is for you.

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